Tripathi started her career as an anchor on All India Radio, Bhopal. She participated in Pantene Zee Teen Queen in 2003 and won the title of Miss Beautiful Skin. In 2004, Tripathi participated in India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj and ended up being in top 8 from Bhopal zone. She again contested from Indore zone where she was declared the runner up. This ensured her qualification for phase 2 of the contest where she lost eventually. She was crowned Miss Bhopal.