Bipasha Basu, born on January 7, 1979 is a Bollywood actress and supermodel. She was the winner of the Ford's Supermodel of the World Contest for 1996 and now works in mainstream Bollywood films. She is continually listed as one of Asia's $exiest women, along with fellow stars Mallika Sherawat and Aishwarya Rai. Bipasha is the second of three daughters in her family. Her siblings are her elder sister Bidisha, and younger sister Bijoyeta . She was born in New Delhi, but her family later moved to Kolkata, where she won a regional beauty contest at a very young age. She has said that she had come into modelling and acting "quite by accident," because initially Bipasha had planned to either study chartered accountancy or medicine. However, she said that she dropped the idea of doing medical studies because she fainted when attempting to dissect rats. As a child she was considered ugly because of her dark skin.