Shivani Kapoor attended school in Sydenham, South London, until the age of 14, when she moved to India to pursue a career in modelling. While at school, she trained as a classical singer. Her secret passion: "To sing. I have trained for four years in London to sing for operas. I love music; it’s my form of expression. I love trance. On the [runway] ramp, if the music is good my performance is much better."
A cousin of Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, Shivani Kapoor started modelling at the age of 14, when she modelled for the Asian Woman & Bride magazine. At 17, she has won the Lakme "Face of the Year" in 2001, and is now the face of the brand. She took part in the Lakme India Fashion Week in Mumbai.
Shivani Kapoor recently signed with the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to appear in his film Bajirao Mastani, a story about the King Peshwa Bajirao and a courtesan.