D.O.B.: 11th Aug, 1985
Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan Indian film actress, former model, and the winner of the Miss Sri Lanka Universe pageant of 2006. She is best known for her work in Hindi films.
Fernandez was born and raised in Bahrain, to a Sri Lankan father and Malaysian mother. After graduating in Mass communication, she worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka, whilst also modelling. She made her acting debut in 2009 with Aladin, and was awarded the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female and the Stardust Award for Best Exciting Face. Fernandez gained recognition with a role in the erotic thriller Murder 2 (2011), which emerged as her first commercial success. Thereafter, she appeared in successful films like Housefull 2 (2012) and Race 2 (2013). Alongside her acting career, Fernandez is a social activist, participates in stage shows, is a celebrity endorser for brands.
Early life and pageantry
Fernandez was born on 11 August 1985, into a mixed ethnic family, in which her father is a Sri Lankan of Indian descent and her mother is of Canadian and Malaysian ancestry. Although, she was born and raised in Bahrain, she said she originally belong to Sri Lanka. Prior to become a TV reporter, she started hosting TV shows in Bahrain, when she was barely fourteen year old. After graduated in Mass Communication from Australia, she moved to Sri Lanka, where she relocated at her grandparent place, and joined a Television station. From then, she began reporting and investigating mainly on political turmoil. According to an article published in Lanka Journal, she had aspired to become an actress, when she was only eight year old. Although, she was a TV reporter, she accepted offers to join the modeling industry, which came as a result of her pageant entrance and for which she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006, and represented her state at Miss Universe 2006 held in Los Angeles where she was unplaced. In 2007, Fernandez appeared on her first commercial in a Music video of Sri Lankan singing sensation Bathiya and Santhush, for which she got recognition. From there, she began receiving offers to go to India for more modelling assignments.
In addition to acting in films, Fernandez has supported charitable organisations, and performed for stage shows. In the early 2013, on the behalf of people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia, she sent a letter to the consulate general of the Philippines in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to expedite the transfer of the elephant Mali from the inadequate Manila Zoo to a lush sanctuary. That year, she auctions a breakfast in Mayfair, London which she raises around £4000 for helping Pratham (her friend's) NGO involving for Children's primary education. She then went on to join hands with PETA in order to prevent cruelty to horses.
She had performed at the 55th Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards and Apsara Awards, as well as at the Temptations Reloaded in Auckland alongside, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Madhuri Dixit.
Fernandez made her first commercial alongside Hrithik Roshan for Sony Ericsson. Later, she became popular after appearing in a Pepsi commercial with Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. She has appeared in a commercial with the actor Aamir Khan for Titan Watches. Fernandez is also the brand ambassador of Nestlé's brand Maggi and Lux in Sri Lanka. In early 2013, she became the ambassador for HTC One which she endorses in India. and, she was chosen as the face of Indian Bridal Fashion Week—IBFW of 2013. On 16 October, she launched Gareth Pugh's designed Forevermark Diamonds in Mumbai, as the spokesperson and inaugurated Forever 21 store in Mumbai. That year, she also launched Gilette revolutionary shaving system with Arbaaz Khan and Aditya Roy Kapur. Fernandez along with Huma Qureshi was also signed as brand ambassador of Mumbai Heroes, Sohail Khan's cricket team in the CCL (Celebrity Cricket League) that features matches between star based teams from all across India.
In 2011, a poll conducted by the newspaper, Times of India ranked her #7, among ''Top 50 Most Desirable Women''. Following, the next year, she ranked #8, in the second version of the poll. In the early 2013, Indian [edition] FHM magazine, ranked her at #21; of ''100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013.'' In the same year, a newspaper, ''World Actuality'', ranked her #23, among the ''most beautiful women in the world.''
She has graced the covers of many Indian editions of magazines, including Vogue (June 2010), FHM (January 2013), Maxim (June 2011), Cosmopolitan (March 2013 & April 2012), Grazia (February 2012), Elle (September 2012), Verve (March 2012), Harper's Bazaar (May 2012), Women's Health (May 2012), L'Officiel (December 2012) and Femina (July 2010) among others.
K S Ravikumar
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