Aishwarya Rai
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20 years on, Ash is still a glam diva!

Aishwarya Rai

By HT

New Delhi, Nov. 19 -- It was exactly 20 years ago that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan created history by winning the Miss World Crown. On this special occasion, which also happens to be the eve of her father's 76th birthday and her daughter Aaradhya's 3rd birthday, the actor wanted to do something special for the society.

The 41-year-old decided to sponsor cleft-lip and cleft-palate surgery for 100 kids through her own charity organisation, in association with the NGO, Smile Train.

"Aishwarya sponsored cleft surgery of about 100 kids. As today marks the 20th anniversary of her becoming the second Indian to have won the Miss World pageant, she will meet these kids who have got their smiles back now," said a source, adding, "What better way to celebrate the day than by putting smiles on these faces."

Before Aishwarya, Reita F Powell was the first Indian to win the Miss World crown (in 1966), and after her, it was actor Priyanka Chopra (in 2000).