Dia Mirza was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh on December 9, 1981. Her father, Frank Handrich, was a German graphic and her mother, Deepa is a Bengali Hindu. Her father died when she was nine and her mother married Ahmed Mirza, who died in 2004. She adopted her stepfather's surname. She worked when still in college as a Marketing executive for a media firm. At the same time she modeled for print and TV commercials. Dia won the Miss Asia Pacific title on 3 December 2000. She co-owns a production house Born Free Entertainment along with Sahil Sangha and Zayed Khan.