Acting is a profession that requires the right skills and not just a pretty face but then it’s quite rare to find celebrities who aren’t a treat to the eyes. The Bollywood industry has witnessed actors and actresses flourish out of almost every profession, but there have been many who walked into the industry straight from the ramp. But not all of them made it to the top.
So here are your favourite celebrities who got in the acting industry after they rocked the ramp, as models:
1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
One of the most beautiful women in Bollywood, Aishwarya, had a successful modelling career before she was crowned as Miss World in 1994.
After winning the Miss World pageant, Aishwarya signed her first film and made her debut in 1997 with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.
2. Priyanka Chopra
Our very own desi girl Priyanka Chopra was Miss World 2000 before she actually stepped down in Bollywood. Although her acting career has escalated way more than her modelling career, she was one popular model back then.
Priyanka made her Bollywood debut as a supporting actress with The Hero starring Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in lead roles.
3. Deepika Padukone
Our Kingfisher girl, Deepika has a great modelling career as she modelled for a lot of international brands and was also the Kingfisher Model Of The Year.
That’s when she was signed by Farah Khan and Om Shanti Om became her debut movie against Shah Rukh Khan.
4. Katrina Kaif
Katrina started modelling at an early age of 14. She walked the ramp for the London Fashion Week where she was discovered by Bollywood.
Katrina made her debut in Bollywood with Boom but made it big when Namastey London hit the cinemas.
5. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma had quite a grand modelling career because she walked the ramp for Wendell Rodricks in 2007 after which she came to Mumbai to model.
Later on, in 2008, she delivered her first movie called Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starring opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
6. Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta also had one of the best modelling careers. She won the Gladrags Megamodel in 1995 and later on became the Miss Universe in 2000.
She made her debut in Bollywood with Andaaz starring opposite Akshay Kumar, which also fetched her a Filmfare for the Best Female Debutant Award.
7. Diana Penty
Diana has had a successful modelling career as an international model walking the ramp for a long time.
She made her Bollywood debut with Cocktail with Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan.
8. Jacqueline Fernandes
Jacky won the pageant of Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006 and then made her way to Bollywood.
She made her Bollywood debut with Aladdin starring alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh.
9. Dia Mirza
Dia Mirza was a model for TV and commercial advertisements. She won the Miss Asia-Pacific in 2000, which opened the doors of Bollywood for her.
She made her acting debut in 2005 with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein and captured our hearts in an instant. She hasn’t done a lot of movies but we’ve loved every bit of those she did.
10. Bipasha Basu
Bipasha won the Ford Supermodel Contest in 1999 and went on to become a successful international supermodel. Later on, she made her debut in Abbas-Mustan’s 2001 thriller Ajnabee which also won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
11. Gul Panag
Gul Panag was crowned as Miss India in 1999. She had already featured in TV and print commercials by then.
She didn’t make it big in Bollywood but left a mark with memorable roles in movies like Dor, Dhoop, Ab Takk Chappan 2, etc.
12. Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia had her modelling career restricted to her Miss India pageant days where she became Miss India in 2002. She made her Bollywood debut with Qayamat but rose to fame with her roles in movies like Julie and Sheesha.
13. Juhi Chawla
This actress started off her career as a model before she was crowned Miss India in 1984.
Bollywood opened its doors for her with the movie Sultanat but she was recognised after Qayamat Se Qayamat Takk.