Country of Origin:India
Born to a family of exporters from Gujarat, Pia has been based in Mumbai all her life. She finished her schooling from Bombay Scottish and Junior College from Jai Hind in South Mumbai. In class 6; when most kids are glued to comics, cartoons and homework, she drew inspiration for modelling from her elder sister who had strutted down the ramp for a show at Tikujini Wadi, a water park at the out skirts of Mumbai. Enamoured by the overwhelming response and the unmatched attention her sister received at the show, Pia decided follow suit.
Like a good mama’s girl, she completed her studies for the next six years of her life, but never for a moment did she lose focus on her goal for modelling. In mid 2003, without anymore ado, Pia auditioned for ace choreographer Marc Robinson and the same year she waltzed up the runway at the Lakme India Fashion Week. From there on there was no looking back.
On the personal front, she is a perfect daughter to her businessman father and homely mother. A strong camaraderie exists between the two sisters as they identify with similar fundamentals of life.
Extremely sensitive to the deplorable plight of animals she vehemently refutes to buy or even wear any kind of fur and leather. An active volunteer at People for Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), she firmly believes that if the buying stops, the killing will too! Mostly content with the homemade dal & rice, Pia is perhaps the perfect paragon of the axiom ‘live simple, think high’
Having earned the platform to showcase the copious talent veiled within her, she kept accepting and declining offers on merit. Over the past 4 years, she has walked the ramp for J.J Vallaya, Tarun Tahiliani, Abu Jani – Sandeep Khosla, Deepika Govind, Rocky S, Wendell Rodricks, Ritu Kumar, Malini Ramani, Satya Paul, Sabyasachi, Ritu Beri, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.
Thr model-cum-VJ prefers working in Bollywood rather than southern films because the filmmakers in the south want her to put on extra pounds.
"I have not accepted any offers from southern filmmakers because they wanted me to increase my weight in order to fit the role. They wanted me to look chubby, but I am not ready to do so, " said Pia.
"I am happy with my figure and have no intentions to increase my weight to get a film in south. I have made myself as per requirements of Bollywood and will be very happy to work here, " added Pia, who has been the Kingfisher's swim suit model for two consecutive years.
- A VJ on Channel V, she is currently hosting “Get Gorgeous 4”
- Has featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, Man’s World and Girlz Magazine.
- Has featured in Fashion Editorials for Elle, L’Officiel, Femina, Verve, Seventeen etc.
- Has featured in a music video for Atif Aslam titled “Ehsaas”
- Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar 2004 & 2005.
- Ad Film for Skoda & Mayur Suitings
- Print Campaign for Golden Dune & Options.
- Print Campaign for Blender’s Pride.
- Lakme India Fashion Week
- FDCI – Wills India Fashion Week
- Singapore Fashion Week
- Malaysia Fashion Week