|Born||2 November 1985
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Diana Penty born 2 November 1985) is an Indian model and film actress who appears in Hindi films. Born in Mumbai, in a Parsi-Christian family Penty completed her education from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and simultaneously began modeling as a part-time profession.
After initial reluctance, Penty began a full-time modelling career in 2005 when she was signed up by Elite Models India. She soon established a successful career as a model after walking the ramp for many of India’s top designers. In 2012, Penty made her acting debut in Homi Adajania’s commercially successful romantic comedy Cocktail. Her performance in the film garnered praise, and earned her a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
After a four year break from acting, Penty played the title role in the sleeper hit Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016). Penty is an active celebrity endorser and has been associated with brands like TRESemmé and Nokia.
Penty was born on 2 November 1985 in Mumbai to a Parsi father and a Christian mother. She attended St. Agnes High School in Mumbai, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from St. Xavier’s College.
Penty began her modeling when she sent her photographs to Elite Models India, who liked her work and suggested she take up modelling assignments. At this stage, she was in college, and was reluctant to choose on a career in modelling, so Penty decided to work part-time as a fashion model.
In 2005, Penty officially started working for Elite Models India, and made her runway debut at the Indo-Italian Festival for Italian designers Nicola Trussardi and Gianfranco Ferré.Thereafter, Penty modelled for several other Indian designers, including Wendell Rodricks, Rohit Bal and Rina Dhaka.By 2007, she had established a successful modelling career after appearing in print campaigns for some of India’s most prominent brands, including Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, Parachute and Westside; as well as featuring on the covers of a few Indian fashion magazines.
The following year, Penty went on to model at the international circuit when she began to endorse global brands including Maybelline, Garnier and Forever 21. On Penty’s international appeal, the CEO of Elite Models India Sushma Puri commented, “Diana has a face that is very versatile and appeals to both Indian and international markets and she is also young, beautiful and confident. This makes her the ideal choice for any international brand.” Later in her modelling career Penty started to receive film offers, though she believed herself to be too inexperienced, and rejected them to focus on modelling. From 2008 to 2010, Penty established herself internationally after modelling for fashion weeks in Paris and New York.