Shilpa is the eldest daughter of Surendra and Sunanda Shetty and hails from the Bunt community of Karnataka. Shetty started her career by modelling for the soft drinks company Limca in 1991 at the age of 16.
Sushmita Sen is a well-known Bollywood actress and was India's first Miss Universe in 1994. Sushmita's father Shubeer Sen is a retired Indian Air Force officer; her mother Subhra Sen worked as a fashion artist and jewellery designer. She has one brother, Rajeev Sen, and a sister, Neelam Sen.
Jamshedpur girl Tanushree Dutta, was crowned Ponds Femina Miss India Universe 2004 at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai. Dutta, a dusky B Com second year student from Pune University, bagged the coveted crown amidst stiff competition from 29 contestants who were chosen from about 6,000 girls from all over the country.