She was born Karen Malhotra but is proud of her “alter ego” — that of world-famous porn star Sunny Leone. In India to participate in “Bigg Boss 5″, the Indo-Canadian says she is not just upbeat about spicing up the controversial reality show, but also about entertaining her Indian fans for the first time.
Sunny Leone was born in Sarnia, Ontario on May 13, 1981 to a family of recent Indian immigrants. She enjoyed a carefree childhood that in no way foreshadowed a future in adult film. A healthy dose of religious repression through a Sikh household and a Catholic school education ensured something would snap eventually, but her youth was fairly uneventful on the bad behavior front — at least in terms of the public record. In her late teens, Sunny’s family moved to California, which inadvertently put her next to the porn capital of the world.
Sunny Leone has a beautiful, natural look that sets her apart from the bubblegum-blond XXX pack. Her Indian heritage has made her quite popular in the Middle East, while also offering an alternative to her adult-entertainment contemporaries in North America.
Her strong business sense has led to great success through a personal website and a production company that gives her appeal beyond just the surface. But fundamentally, she’s just incredibly beautiful and frequently nearly naked, which kind of trumps all when it comes to sex appeal.
Barely (pun intended) two years into her modeling career, Sunny Leone scored herself a “Penthouse Pet Of The Month” title in 2001. Photoshoots for magazines like Cheri, Swank and Club International followed, and in 2003, Sunny was earned the “Penthouse Pet Of The Year” title. The lovingly leering men of Penthouse quickly put her into motion with the video Penthouse Pets In Paradise, and, like opening a can of Pringles, once you get started, there’s no going back.
In November of 2011, Sunny Leone joined the cast of the Indian reality TV show Bigg Boss. Fans of the show expect that her presence in the show’s house will generate some drama and controversy.