Shenaz Treasury (last name also spelled Treasuryvala)) is an Indian actress, TV host, writer, and travel vlogger. She is currently a recurring contributor and panelist on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
Discovered by a photographer during her first year in college, her first modeling assignment was for the soft drink Gold Spot. She also did advertising work for Akai and Philips before MTV Networks Asia hired her to work as a VJ on the MTV’s Most Wanted program.
Her acting debut was in the 2001 Telugu film Eduruleni Manishi, followed by the 2003 Bollywood film Ishq Vishk, which earned her a nomination for the best supporting actress award by the Filmfare Film Awards. With her lifelong love of travel,she wrote travel articles for Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Femina.As of the early 2010s, Treasurywala resides in Mumbai, India and serves as the host of Culture Shock on the Travel Channel. In 2011, she got a recurring role as Rama Patel on the American soap opera One Life to Live. A few months later, she signed a contract with the show until its cancellation in 2012 and then returned as a contract player when the show started airing its webisodes in 2013.
Her father is a merchant marine engineer, and she was born in a Parsi family. Treasurywala attended school and college in Mumbai, St. Xavier’s College. In 2001, she moved to New York City where she studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.While in New York, she also took a writing course at NYU.