Bipasha was a popular model before she entered films.
She was the winner of the Ford's Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest in 1996.
After winning the contest, Basu also was flown to New York by the Ford Company, where she had a successful modelling career at the age of 17.
Bips has also worked in a Telegu movie named TAKKARI DONGA in the early years of her career, before making it big in Bollywood. She made her debut in Bollywood with AJNABEE and rose to stardom with JISM.
In 2005 and 2007, UK magazine Eastern Eye named Basu the "Sexiest Woman in Asia".