Rochelle was born in Chennai.Rochelle Rao’s immediate family consists of twin brothers (late) Noel Rohn Rao and Fritz David Rao, sister Paloma Rao, father Dr Nicolas V Rao and mother Wendy Rao.
Her father Dr N V Rao is an advocate of natural healing and a medical consultant on herbal extracts. He is also a keen photographer who has taught photography at Chennai University. Her Mother Wendy Rao is a great supporter of her daughter. She seems to be Rochelle’s unofficial biographer, ensuring that photos of Rochelle’s modeling shows are well documented.
Her brother Noel Rohn Rao was a Squad Leader in the United States Maintenance Platoon, Delta Company, 3d Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment. During his 5 years of service, Noel received 11 medals from the US Armed forces. Noel Rao was the first foreign person to become an United States citizen under a new military rule. Noel did multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan where he was recognized as soldier of the month, soldier of the quarter and soldier of the year by the US Army. Noel died in Afghanistan on Mar 27, 2006 and he is survived by his wife Laura, son Brandon and daughter Mia.Rochelle’s 37 year old brother, David, is Noel’s twin. For many years he lived abroad, but now lives with his family in Tamil Nadu. He is married to Karina and has a young daughter called Nicole. Her sister Paloma is a well known Chennai based TV Video jockey, actor, host. Before Rochelle got into modeling and the Miss India contest, Paloma was better know in the press than her sister.