Celina Jaitly was born on 24 November 1981 in Shimla to V.K. Jaitly, a Punjabi Indian Army Colonel from Punjab, India and an Afghan
mother from Kabul. Her mother Meeta is a psychologist by profession. She has one brother, who is currently serving the Indian Army
Special Forces. Her parents are settled in the Army town of “Mhow” in the Indore district of Madhya Pradesh.

Due to her army background, Jaitly grew up in several cities in India, like Lucknow, where she attended City Montessori School.
However most of her life was spent in the Kashmir valley and the north eastern states of India. She has, however, spent most of her
later teenage years in Kolkata, India.

She changed 13 different schools due to the nature of her father’s profession and studied mainly in the following schools. Canossa
Convent Ranikhet Army Public Schools Udhampur (J&K) City Montessori School (Lucknow) Kendriya Vidyalaya (Nationwide)

During her teenage years, Jaitly aspired to be a part of the Indian army, either as a doctor or a pilot. However, she started modeling
alongside studies at the age of 16. Celina took part in the 2001 Ms India pageant. She won the crown and then went on to become a
runner up at Ms Universe the same year.
Jaitley started her career from a marketing job in a Cell phone company in Kolkata before she decided to participate in a local beauty
contest. She came in first place at Femina Miss India 2001 winning the title of Femina Miss India Universe 2001. In addition to her
title, she won the Miss Margo Beautiful Skin, Indiatimes Surfer’s Choice, and MTV’s Most Wanted award. She was subsequently sent
to the Miss Universe 2001 contest representing India where she finished 4th runner up.

In 2001, she featured in Jazzy B’s music video of “Oh Kehri,” which was immensely popular.She also featured in music videos for
Bombay Vikings.