Bollywood is the ultimate aim for most young men and women in the modeling industry. If you’ve made some name for yourself in the modeling industry, the obvious next step for you is considered to be movies. Several models entered Bollywood hoping to make it big but only a handful of them were as successful in movies as they were in their modeling career. Let’s take a look at the top five stars who had sparkling careers as models as well as actors.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: With her beautiful smile and blue eyes, she has kept the Indian audiences captivated for over a decade.  Aishwarya Rai started modeling in her teens and won the coveted Miss World title in 1994 at the age of 21.  She was the first female model to really make a mark in Bollywood, and was instrumental in changing the popular belief that models are mere glamour dolls who cannot act. Her first film was Aur Pyar Ho Gaya in 1997, and her immensely successful career as an actress includes blockbusters such as Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Dhoom 2, and critically acclaimed movies such as Umrao Jaan and Guzaarish.

Priyanka Chopra: Affectionately addressed as ‘Piggy Chops’ in the film circles,  she is currently one of the reigning actresses of Bollywood. Priyanka won the Miss World title when she was just 18.  Soon after, she made her entry into Bollywood with the movie The Hero in 2003. Though this movie didn’t fare well at the box office, her second film Andaaz with Akshay Kumar was a hit. And the success story continued with several blockbusters such as Aitraaz, Bluffmaster, Krish, Don, Kaminey, Fashion, Don 2 and Agneepath. She is an absolute style icon and embodies confidence and panache.

Katrina Kaif: She is one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood today. She started modeling as early as 14 years of age and made her acting debut in 2003 with the movie Boom which was a box office failure. Her first major hit was Namaste London with Akshay Kumar opposite Akshay Kumar, an actor with whom she went on to give many other hits. Her biggest hits include Partner, Race, Singh is King and Rajneeti. She gained huge popularity through her item songs in the movies Tees Maar Khan and Agneepath. Though her natural beauty was a huge asset and helped her bag a few initial movies, it is her hard work and dedication that helped her reach the heights she has.

Bipasha Basu: This dusky beauty from Bengal is considered one of Bollywood’s sexiest actresses ever. Bipasha began her career as a model at the raw age of 17 and soon became a well known name in the modeling industry after winning a couple of modeling contests. She made her debut with a negative role in the movie Ajnabee in 2001. Her next movie, Raaz, in 2002 was highly successful at the box office and Bipasha was appreciated for her performance. Since then, there has been no looking back. She’s had several hits to her credit, including No Entry, Omkara, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Race.

John Abraham: John is the only male to make it into this coveted list. John started his career by modeling in a music video by singer Jazzy B and then went on to numerous ads for various brands. He won the prestigious Gladrags Manhunt contest in 1999. He continued with his modeling career and made a rather late debut in Bollywood in 2003 (at the age of 31) with the movie Jism, which was a hit. This was followed by several successful movies such as Dhoom, Garam Masala and Dostana. He recently even ventured into production with the movie Vicky Donor that has Ayushmann Khurana playing the main lead. The film has earned box office success as well as critical acclaim.

Lara Dutta: Yes, we mentioned at the top that this is a top ‘five’ list, but thought it would be unfair if Lara’s name wasn’t included in this list. Lara won the Miss Universe crown in 2000, the same year that saw Priyanka Chopra winning the Miss World title. Coincidentally, her first movie Andaaz also starred Priyanka Chopra. Her confident and charismatic personality has helped her excel in both modeling and Bollywood. Her successful movies include No Entry, Housefull, Partner and Don 2.

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