|Sunny Leone (born May 13, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an Indian Canadian model and pornographic actress. She is best known for winning Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Year title for 2003. She is also noted for being one of the few pornographic actresses with an Indian background.
Leone's father was born in Tibet and raised in New Delhi, while her mother is from a small town in the mountains called Nahan, which is why she asserts she has a fair complexion. Her family moved to California, USA in 1996. After graduating high school in 1999, she began modeling and eventually transitioned into nude modeling. Leone began appearing in many magazines and websites in the nude, and eventually posed in a layout for Penthouse magazine in 2001 (Pet of the Month March), as well as being featured in the Holiday 2001 edition of Hustler magazine as a Hustler Honey. Her popularity and beauty allowed her to win the 2003 Penthouse Pet of the Year award. She mostly does softcore modeling and videos, both solo and lesbian. In 2004, she was part of "No more Bush Girls" , where along with several other popular adult actresses, they shaved off their pubic hair in protest of the Bush presidency. In June 2006, Leone became an American citizen.