Lara Dutta, the first Miss Universe of the new millennium was born in Ghaziabad, India on April 16,1978. She was the youngest of three children born to Wg.Cdr. L.K. Dutta and Jennifer Dutta. She completed her high school in Bangalore scoring the highest marks in English in the National Board Exams. She later joined Bombay University and did her degree in Economics. Lara is a model by profession. She was first discovered by Gladrags' annual modelling competition. After winning Miss Intercontinental in Germany, she started to build up a very successful modelling career on a national scale. She appeared in ads. for Synergie, Ceat, Coke and Sprite which made her popular. She participated in the Miss Femina India contest and won the title which paved her way to the Miss Universe Crown in 2000. A mix between Punjabi and Scottish parents this stunning beauty always emerged a winner.