Birth Name: Shilpa Shetty
Shetty was born on June 8, 1975, in Tamil Nadu in Southern India - though her family's origins were in the Bunt community of Karnataka, and she identified herself as Bangalore. Her parents, Surendra and Sunanda Shetty, had been models themselves when they were younger, but as Shilpa was growing up, they helmed a close, traditional family and made a living by owning and running a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. When Shetty was 15 years old and attending St. Anthony's Girls High School, she decided she would pursue modeling. She had some photos taken which she submitted to modeling agencies and, within a year, landed in ads for such high-profile brands as India's Limca soft drink.
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