Madhu Sapre was born on July 14, 1971. She is a former supermodel who grew up in Andheri, Mumbai. Her full name is Madhushree Sapre. Madhu Sapre was an athlete who rose to fame when she started modelling at a very young age. All pics/mid-day archives, Instagram
Madhu Sapre was blessed with dusky skin with sculpted cheekbones. She was an athlete who was coached by her father. Madhu Sapre said that her father was a strict coach and that he would wake her up every morning by splashing a bucket of water on her
Madhu Sapre studied in Parle College (Sathaye) and she was part of the athletics team at St Dominic Savio Athletic Club, Mumbai. She also won a gold medal in the discus throw at the national (junior) level track and field competition
Madhu Sapre never wanted to be a supermodel. However, she was spotted by Shantanu Sheorey (Kimi Katkar's husband), a fashion photographer, at a party and asked her to audition. Madhu Sapre turned up at the auditions in tracksuit. She still bagged the Garden Varelli contract which was her first assignment
Madhu Sapre was a gutsy model on the ramp and was well known for it. Madhu Sapre participated in Miss Universe pageant in 1992 and was crowned the second runner-up. During the question-answer round of the Miss Universe 1992 pageant, Madhu Sapre had given quite a few answers that made her infamous, especially back then
During the question-answer round of the Miss Universe 1992 pageant, Madhu Sapre was asked what would she do if she was made the Prime Minister for a day. Her answer was criticised and even mocked. Click next to read what her answer was...
Madhu Sapre answered, "According to me India has been in poverty for many years, so it was not going to suddenly change in one year by my becoming the prime minister. But there are other areas like art and sports in which we can improve. And being a sports girl I had suffered because we don't have the equipment and the grounds in India."
Madhu Sapre added, " In the brief time you get to answer I wanted to say all this but perhaps because of my inadequacy in English, I could not express myself."
Madhu Sapre had later said in an interview, "All the officials had told us that our answers had to be truthful and from the heart. Nobody told us we had to be politically correct. I said what my heart told me and I lost."
Madhu Sapre did not win the Miss Universe 1992 pageant. She was crowned the second runner-up. She had just two weeks to prepare for Miss Universe 1992 contest
Years later, the statuesque athlete Madhu Sapre had a very special reunion with some of her pageant contemporaries in Barcelona. "It's one of its kind," she said. "I have no words to express what it feels like to get together again."
Presently, Madhu Sapre lives in Riccione, a small town on the east coast of Italy with her husband, Italian businessman Gian Maria Emendatori
In 1995, Madhu Sapre and famous model Milind Soman, shot for a shoe commercial where they were seen with a python wrapped around their bodies. This ad created furore among women and animal rights activists. Demonstrations were staged outside their houses and some of the protesters even donated them clothes to cover up. The ad was then pulled off and the models were booked for indecency
In August 1995, the social service branch of the Mumbai police registered a case against Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman
Another case was filed under the Wildlife Protection Act against the advertising agency for illegal use of the python
The accused included the publishers and distributors of two magazines that featured the controversial ad, the advertising agency, Madhu Sapre, Milind Soman and the photographers
All the eight accused including the publishers and distributors of two magazines that featured the ad, the advertising agency and the photographers were given a clean chit after the witnesses turned hostile. The case lasted for 14 years
The seized copies of the magazine were also never produced as evidence in the court.
Milind Soman and Madhu Sapre were apparently dating when the advertisement was featured. They were reportedly in a live-in-relationship at that time
Madhu Sapre poses in a bikini during a magazine event. Madhu Sapre had unarguably one of the participated bikini bodies in her time
Madhu Sapre met Gian Maria Emendatori through mutual friends while he was in India. He proposed to her on her birthday. Madhu Sapre decided to marry him after giving it some thought. The couple got married on November 18, 2001
Presently, Madhu Sapre lives in Riccione, a small town on the east coast of Italy with her husband, Italian businessman Gian Maria Emendatori. She has a baby girl named Indira
Madhu Sapre reveals that a mix of Italian and English is spoken at home. Her daughter Indira has heard her converse in Marathi with her mother during their visits to India, but she only understands some words
Madhu Sapre's wedding was simple and beautiful. She wore Suneet Varma sari. The decor was elegant and simple with white orchids tied to every chair. Soft music was playing in the background and the menu consisted of Indian to Thai to Italian food
Madhu Sapre believes in letting the child be her own person. She wants Indira to have a simple upbringing like her own
In picture: Madhu Sapre in an advertisement with Amitabh Bachchan, Namrata Shirodkar and Mehr Jessia
Madhu Sapre has acted in just one Bollywood movie. She made her debut with Kaizad Gustad’s forgettable Boom in 2003
In picture: Madhu Sapre, Katrina Kaif and Padma Lakshmi during the shooting of their Bollywood film 'Boom'
Madhu Sapre with her 'Boom' co-star Jackie Shroff at a party
Madhu Sapre with her friend and actress Namrata Shirodkar
Madhu Sapre has kept in touch with Namrata Shirodkar. A picture of them after years along with the latter's husband Mahesh Babu
Madhu Sapre with actor Rahul Dev. Both were models and contemporaries back in the day
Madhu Sapre with her model friends. Seen in the photo are Nethra Raghuraman, Mugdha Godse and Teejay Sidhu
A true blue Mumbai girl, Madhu Sapre misses the city. In an interview, she had said that after watching 'Lunchbox' she cried as she missed dabbawallas and the train rides and street food
In picture: Anil Kapoor congratulates Madhu Sapre after her win
Remember Madhu Sapre? The sultry supermodel from the 90's who posed nude with fellow model and hottie Milind Soman. On her birthday today, here are some photos of the gorgeous lady and how she has changed over the years.
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