Shashi Naidoo Biography: Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Net Worth, Awards, Religion

Shashi Naidoo (born 4 November 1979) is a South African gifted actress, TV presenter. She is a multi-award-winning model, MC, entrepreneur, and fashion blogger. 

She gained prominence for being a co-host on the E.TV magazine show ’20 Something’. She is also known for co-hosting many shows including the nationwide MTV VJ Search.

Shashi Naidoo
Shashi Naidoo biography
Shashi Naidoo is a gifted actress, television presenter, model, MC, entrepreneur and fashion blogger.
Background Information
Name:Shashi Naidoo
Born:4 November 1979
Place of Birth:Port Elizabeth, Cape Town
Education:Chiropractic Medicine
Alma mater:University of Johannesburg
Nationality:South African
Boyfriend:Ismail Hendricks (ex.)
Husband:Mark Sandler (m. 2009; div. 2011)
Occupation:Actress • TV presenter • model • MC • entrepreneur • fashion blogger
Agency:Alushi Model Management
Net Worth:$1.7 million

Early Life

Shashi Naidoo was born on 4 November 1979 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province. She was raised in the city of Algoa Bay in South Africa. She had to relocate to Johannesburg for studies in 2007.


She attended and matriculated at Alexander Road High School in 1997. After, she enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to study chiropractic medicine. Shashi Naidoo graduated in 2007. 


In 2004, she was cast as the girlfriend of Ziggy ‘Linda McGinty’ in the E.TV soap opera ‘Backstage’. Later, she was cast in another South African soap opera ‘Generations’.

In 2007, the renowned actress was cast in a minor role in the mini-series Society. On 2 October 2007, Shashi began to co-present the youth magazine show on SABC1 ‘EMS Volume 1’.

She appeared on the MNET soap opera Egoli in a 6-months stint as Sureshni Patel in 2008. 

She appeared in the FHM calendar in 2008 and made it among the FHM’s 100 sexiest women in the world twice; Number 14 in 2008 and Number 4 in 2009.

In 2008, she was the cosmopolitan September cover girl and in 2009, Shashi appeared in Sports illustrated. She was among the leading personalities in the Woolworth campaigns twice; in 2008 and 2009.

In January 2009, the actress won the coveted cover of Playboy. She is a cast member of the hit unscripted TV show Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD). The show follows rousing ladies who base in Durban. It covers their work and private life.


She is also a Master of Ceremonies (MC) on several occasions. She has been MC for;

  • Shoprite Checkers Annual Suppliers Awards
  • International Mohair Summit
  • The Financial Forum
  • FNB HR Recognition Awards
  • VW Recognition Awards
  • Audi Award Dinner
  • 5th Annual Women in Engineering Convention. 

She has also been a presenter for many Award giving events like SAMA Awards, YOU Spectacular, and Glamour SA Most Glamorous.


She owns a modeling agency ‘Alushi Management’ launched in 2008 with 5 models. Naidoo co-hosts the SBC3 witty TV show Tongue in Cheek. 


She co-founded the first major non-profit organization in the Fashion industry ‘Fashion with Feeling’. As a Brand Ambassador, she represents;

  • Demalogica
  • Diva Divine hair
  • Cotlands Children’s Home
  • Tumi Luxury Travel Bags
  • Glam Palm hair straighter


Shashi has also done large television and print commercials as a model. She has appeared as a brand ambassador for many organizations and brands including;

  • Sun International (With Charlize Theron)
  • Woolworths (With Alek Wek)
  • Coke Zero International
  • MTN
  • Nivea
  • Brutal Fruit
  • Jet
  • Edgars
  • Rama
  • Discovery
  • IEC SA
  • Samsung
  • Malaysian Airways
  • SA Tourism
  • Satisskin Body Wash
  • Skull Candy
  • DSTV India
  • Blow the Whistle Campaign
  • Dermalogica Skin Care
  • Jose Cuervo
  • SPAR Gsport Awards Ambassador


She is a recipient of many awards including;

  • Glamour Model of the year
  • Feather Awards Hot Chick
  • Take Control Youth Adult achiever of the year
  • Gsport Style Star of the year
  • Grazia Magazine’s top 5 most Stylish

Personal Life

Naidoo is a Hindu by religion. Shashi dated the reality television contestant Ismail Hendricks. In 2005, her ex-boyfriend was featured on the show The Apprentice South Africa.

In December 2009, she got married to Mark Sandler. Their marriage lasted for 2 years until 2011. Naidoo entered the competition Tropika Island of Treasure (season 2).

Social Media

On her account on social media, she shares many pictures about her work, travels, and moments. She has over 4,508 posts and 169k followers on Instagram.

Net Worth

Shashi Naidoo has earned a lot as a South African actress, television presenter, model, and fashion blogger. According to Media Sources, she has an estimated net worth of $1.7 million.


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