- Crowned Miss Universe in 1994, becoming the first Indian to win the crown.
- Debuted in the Hindi film Dastak (1996).
- Won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Biwi No. 1 (1999).
- Was in the headlines for adopting a girl in 2000, despite being single and just 25 years of age.
- Starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan in the second highest grossing Bollywood film in 2004, Main Hoon Na.