Actress, television host, model, and Miss India America, Melanie Kannokada didn’t initially start out on the path to stardom. This self-described cience nerd was studying mechanical engineering at Stanford University before she decided to make the leap into the entertainment world. During her final year in college, she was encouraged to enter the Miss India America Pageant. With little knowledge about the world of beauty pageants, she was completely humbled when she walked away with the crown.
Soon after, a local television network invited her to audition as a host of their new programming. She landed the position and fell in love with her new on-air role. From there she began hosting two television shows, in addition to school and work. All the while taking on other on-screen and modeling opportunities as they came in. Her work soon caught the eye of top talent agents in both New York and Los Angeles.
The rest is history. In just a short amount of time, Melanie has modeled in over twenty advertising campaigns for brands that include Glamour Magazine, P&G, Herbal Essence, Rockport, Verizon, and Nescafe; in addition to such top designers as Payal Singhal and Malani Ramani. She can currently be seen starring in the indie feature film “Bicycle Bride”, and as a host of Sony Pictures TV’s new international pop culture show, “In The Qube”, alongside Maria Sansone, and airing in over 60 countries.
Melanie has recently finished shooting the feature comedy “Love, Lies and Seeta”, where she plays the title character, Seeta, and is set to act in the feature thriller “Open” this fall. This year Melanie was named to Anokhi Magazine’s Sexy and Successful List. In her free time, Melanie is involved in building “Hospital for Hope,” a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the construction of a hospital in an extremely under-served area of rural Jharkhand, India. She can also be seen jamming out a tune on the piano, practicing Shotokan Karate (she holds a 2nd degree black belt!), training at the infamous Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, or performing modern Indian dance with the acclaimed Sa Dance Company <http://www.sadancecompany.com/> in New York. She’s quite a busy young lady!
Melanie grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois before packing up for the West Coast as an undergraduate at Stanford University. There she received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Melanie currently resides in Manhattan.