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Happy Birthday Sunny Leone: 8 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Karenjit Kaur Star

Aayushi Sharma

May 13, 2020

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On the occasion of Sunny Leone’s 39th birthday, we take a look at 8 lesser known facts about her. Number #3 is so empowering!

As shown in her biopic series, ZEE5 original Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone, Sunny was born to middle-class Indo-Canadian Punjabi Sikh parents, as Karenjit Kaur Vohra. She was a uni-browed school going desi girl bullied in school, and her father’s unemployment led them to move to California. She took up modelling to make extra money but soon found herself foraying into the world of adult entertainment. Albeit it was a decision made whilst she was wide awake, the world came crashing when her parents found about the actress being a Penthouse Pet.

From thereon, her journey snowballed into a full-fledged career in the porn industry until she did a reality television show in India in 2012 and made a Bollywood debut soon after. However, tucked between these rapid career advancements are moments and things nobody really knows about Leone. Here, check out such unknown yet interesting facts about the gorgeous starlet:

1. Sunny Leone was named Penthouse Pet of the Month in March 2001 and Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003.

2. A die-hard Punjabi that she is, Sunny is a big-time foodie. Did you know she absolutely loves Delhi’s street food including gol-gappas and dahi chaat being her favourites? While her cheat meal consists of chocolates and parathas but her favourite remains steamed lime fish with sliced chillies! Oh, and she is obsessed with doughnuts. Full on desi, ain’t she?

3. Sunny was named amongst BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women list in the year 2016. She had then said: “It’s your right as a woman to follow your dreams.” Empowering, and so inspiring.

4. An animal-rights activist, Leone was named PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2016. She also throws her weight behind cancer charities.

5. The idea to take up Sunny as her stage name came from her brother, Sundeep Vohra who is nicknamed as Sunny. She has also used Karen Malhotra as her alias.

6. The actress is bisexual, a fact she realised in her teenage years.

7. Sunny was the first celebrity to launch her own app, in the year 2016. Other actresses including Sonam Kapoor, Disha Patani amongst many followed her soon after.

8. Did you know Sunny is the first celebrity to play self in a biopic? No star has ever played themselves before in a human drama.

Think you can add more about the star? Let us know in the comments box below!

To know more about Sunny Leone’s life, don’t forget to watch Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone on ZEE5 right away!

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