Rare moment: When Aishwarya Rai met Nelson Mandela

Tue Dec 10 2013, 13:31 hrs
Former Beauty Queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had the honour of meeting South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela in 1994, during the Miss World pageant, which was held at South Africa that year. "And what more could one ask for than an audience with President Mandela himself, a man deservedly admired and respected the world over for his contributions towards humanity." wrote Aishwarya in a special article about her Miss World experience for Non-profit organization, Beauty With a Purpose.  Ahead: Rare pics of Nelson Mandela with celebs. (Image courtesy: Facebook)
Former Beauty Queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had the honour of meeting South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela in 1994, during the Miss World pageant, which was held at South Africa that year. "And what more could one ask for than an audience with President Mandela himself, a man deservedly admired and respected the world over for his contributions towards humanity." wrote Aishwarya in a special article about her Miss World experience for Non-profit organization, Beauty With a Purpose.

Ahead: Rare pics of Nelson Mandela with celebs. (Image courtesy: Facebook)
Nelson Mandela died peacefully at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection. Following the demise of South Africa's anti-apartheid hero, the world expressed grief.  Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan with former South African President Nelson Mandela at his residence. (Express archive photo)
Nelson Mandela died peacefully at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection. Following the demise of South Africa's anti-apartheid hero, the world expressed grief.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan with former South African President Nelson Mandela at his residence. (Express archive photo)
July 20, 1996: South African President Nelson Mandela (L) and U.S. pop star Michael Jackson hugged each other at the president's official home in Cape Town. (Reuters)
July 20, 1996: South African President Nelson Mandela (L) and U.S. pop star Michael Jackson hugged each other at the president's official home in Cape Town. (Reuters)
March 17, 1997: South African President Nelson Mandela, left, escorted Diana, Princess of Wales, during a courtesy visit to Mandela while visiting her brother, Earl Spencer, in Cape Town. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world’s most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.(AP)
March 17, 1997: South African President Nelson Mandela, left, escorted Diana, Princess of Wales, during a courtesy visit to Mandela while visiting her brother, Earl Spencer, in Cape Town. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world’s most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.(AP)
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala with former South African President Nelson Mandela. (Photo: Twitter)
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala with former South African President Nelson Mandela. (Photo: Twitter)
Actor Rajit Kapur and Pallavi Joshi with former South African leader Nelson Mandela. (Express archive photo)
Actor Rajit Kapur and Pallavi Joshi with former South African leader Nelson Mandela. (Express archive photo)
July 30, 2001: Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, right, spoke during a press conference alongside British model Naomi Campbell in Barcelona, Spain, before the 'Frock and Roll' benefit concert to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. (AP)
July 30, 2001: Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, right, spoke during a press conference alongside British model Naomi Campbell in Barcelona, Spain, before the 'Frock and Roll' benefit concert to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. (AP)
December 6, 2002: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey participated in a ground breaking ceremony for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, South Africa. (AP)
December 6, 2002: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey participated in a ground breaking ceremony for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, South Africa. (AP)
November 29, 2003: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, kissed U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, at the Nelson Mandela AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
November 29, 2003: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, kissed U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, at the Nelson Mandela AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
May 21, 2003: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, posed with England's soccer captain, David Beckham, in Johannesburg. (AP)
May 21, 2003: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, posed with England's soccer captain, David Beckham, in Johannesburg. (AP)
February 1, 2002: Britain's Prince Charles shared a light moment with Nelson Mandela (L) during a show at the Amsterdam arena. (Reuters)
February 1, 2002: Britain's Prince Charles shared a light moment with Nelson Mandela (L) during a show at the Amsterdam arena. (Reuters)
July 9, 1996: Former South African President Nelson Mandela stood with Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace in London for a state banquet in his honor. (AP)
July 9, 1996: Former South African President Nelson Mandela stood with Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace in London for a state banquet in his honor. (AP)
August 22, 1996: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, left, walked hand-in-hand with former South African President Nelson Mandela prior to an official reception at the presidential office in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
August 22, 1996: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, left, walked hand-in-hand with former South African President Nelson Mandela prior to an official reception at the presidential office in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
January 25, 1995: Nelson Mandela got a standing ovation after delivering Rajiv Gandhi memorial lecture. Seen here with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and K R Narayanan. (Express archive photo)
January 25, 1995: Nelson Mandela got a standing ovation after delivering Rajiv Gandhi memorial lecture. Seen here with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and K R Narayanan. (Express archive photo)
September, 1998: Former South African President Nelson Mandela with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Durban in Johannesburg. (PTI)
September, 1998: Former South African President Nelson Mandela with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Durban in Johannesburg. (PTI)
September, 2004: Former South African President Nelson Mandela with the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Johannesburg. (PTI)
September, 2004: Former South African President Nelson Mandela with the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Johannesburg. (PTI)

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