From an enthusiastic model, beauty queen aspirant to becoming the country's most 'adarshwadi' bahu and now the youngest member of the cabinet...Smriti has come a long way!
Born in Delhi in a Punjabi-Bengali family, Smriti is the eldest of three sisters, broke the norms and went ahead to try her luck in the glamour world. In one of her interviews she was quoted saying that she started earning after 10th standard, she used to earn Rs. 200 for promoting a beauty product.
The self-confessed quiet bookworm wanted to become a civil servant or a journalist but her parents thought she wouldn't fit that profession. She went ahead with sending her application for the 1998 Miss India contest. She couldn't get in till the finals and the contest was won by Lymaraina D'Souza. But this didn't stop her, she came to Mumbai and start auditioning for different roles.
Bollywood is not for everyone! Smriti learnt it the hard way.To make the ends meet she started working at McDonald's Bandra outlet while auditioning for work in showbiz. Her happiness knew no bounds when she was called to replace actress Neelam Kothari to host an episode of 'Ooh La La La'.
She was then noticed by producer Ekta Kapoor, and the rest, as they say, is history. Smriti was roped in to play 'Tulsi Virani' in the show 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' and went on to became a famous household name.
She continued to feature in TV shows and then turned a small screen producer with shows like 'Virrudh' and 'Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan'.
Smriti got married to Zubin Irani and has three kids, Zohr, Zoish and Shanelle with him. Seen here: Smriti during one of her photoshoots.
The video, which is perhaps a decade old, has a leaner Smriti Irani dressed in a gold and blue saree sizzling in Mika Singh's number. Seen here: A still from the video.
Whoa! Could you ever imagine Smriti in this avatar?
Smriti holds the record of winning five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards, eight Star Parivaar Awards and other awards all for her performance in 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'.
Her political career started way back in 2003 when she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. After holding important positions like the national secretary of the party and All India President of the BJP Mahila Morcha in 2010, she became BJP's Vice-President.
In the 2014 general elections, the actor-turned-politician lost to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, but garnered attention for her strong voice and an impressive election campaign.
She has been given the charge of Ministry of Human Resource and Development. Seen here: Smriti swearing in as a cabinet minsiter.
Have a look at Smriti Irani in her struggling days in this peppy number by Mika Singh.