Deepika Padukone (born January 5, 1986) is an Indian supermodel turned actress who appears in Bollywood movies. Padukone was born to Ujjala and Prakash Padukone on January 5, 1986, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore, India, when she was only eleven months old. Her parents hail from Padukone village in Kundapura Taluk of Udupi District, Karnataka, India.
Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a badminton player of international repute, and her mother is a travel agent. Deepika has a younger sister, Anisha, born in 1991. Padukone attended Sophia High School in Bangalore. She completed her Pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore, India. While in high school she played badminton at the state level like her father and was a member of her father's badminton club. However, she wasn't keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player and abandoned it to concentrate on her ICSE exams.
While pursuing her studies in college, she decided to pursue a career in modeling. Over the years, she has modeled for well-known Indian brand names such as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca. She received many prestigious modeling offers, which included brand ambassador for the Jewels of India retail jewellery show. Padukone hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their international spokesperson.
At the 5th annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards she was awarded the title "Model of the Year". Shortly afterward, she was chosen as one of the models for the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for 2006 and won two trophies at the Idea Zee Fashion Awards: "Female Model of the Year - (Commercial Assignments)" and "Fresh Face of the Year" later that year. Padukone was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines and most recently Levi Strauss and Tissot SA.