Sarah Shahi grew quickly into her beauty and, at her mother's encouragement, began entering pageants while she was still in elementary school. Success naturally followed, and by the age of 10, she was invited to participate in an international modeling competition in New York.Although her travel and exposure increased, Sarah Shahi's parents made sure she didn't neglect her studies. To their credit, and hers, Sarah graduated from high school a member of the National Honor Society and was also actively involved with her school's choir.
Things really began moving for Sarah Shahi the following year when she packed her bags and enrolled at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The prettiest girl on her campus, Sarah was instantly recognized for her grace and elegance, and was crowned Miss Fort Worth. The title brought her more attention than she had ever experienced, and with it came an invitation to join the world-renowned Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader squad.Sarah Shahi shook her pom poms for "America's Team" for two full seasons in 1999-2000, during which time she appeared as the cover girl for their 2000 swimsuit calendar, and traveled to the Balkans to entertain troops as a member of a USO tour.
Early returns from her move were extremely promising, as the Persian beauty scored a succession of guest roles on Spin City, Boston Public and Frasier before landing a recurring role as Jenny in the spy thriller Alias. By now a familiar face to casting directors, Sarah Shahi scored again in 2003 when she played recurring character Sadia Shaw on Dawson's Creek.The increased exposure helped Sarah to land a role in the mega-blockbuster comedy Old School later that year. Acting alongside Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn made it clear that she had finally arrived. Guest-starring roles followed on ER and Reba, where Sarah met her current boyfriend and now husband, fellow actor and former series star Steve Howey.
With her fame steadily increasing, Sarah Shahi landed on a series of her own in 2004, when she joined the impressive ensemble cast of The L Word. Playing Carmen de la Pica Morales, Sarah ate up the scenery as a gorgeous lesbian DJ. The role had been eye-opening for Sarah, who learned more than a few new tricks on set. According to the feisty Texan, "I feel like I would definitely know how to go down on a woman if I was ever in that situation."
From 2007-08, Sarah Shahi played Dani Reese on the TV series Life. She is also a part a film (that's only named Untitled Beatle Boyin Project), which has had a delayed release date for several months.
However, guys didn't hesitate to vote for her in AM's Top 99, as she came in at No. 85 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2009.