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By New You Editorial
Posted On Dec 03, 2015

Available on newsstands nationwide Nov. 17

Photo credit: Andrew Macpherson for NEW YOU magazine 
Photo credit: Andrew Macpherson for NEW YOU magazine

Everyone is buzzing about Priyanka Chopra!

Not only is she strikingly beautiful – Priyanka is talented, wise, ambitious and has quickly become one of the biggest break out stars in Hollywood this year.

The Bollywood sensation, former Miss World and star of ABC’s hit thriller Quantico poses for the cover of NEW YOU magazine’s winter issue. Here, she opens up to executive editor Ruchel Louis Coetzee about her fast-track to success – in just 13 years, becoming one of the highest paid actresses in India — the bullying she endured in high school, embracing your flaws (and gaining confidence from them!) and most importantly, her passion advocating for woman empowerment and education for girls around the world.

“Perfection is boring,” Priyanka tells NEW YOU magazine.  “Our flaws make us unique. As soon as you find and identify your flaws, there’s no one who can be like you.”

Ken Meares, chairman and publisher of NEW YOU magazine said: “NEW YOU magazine strives to connect readers with strong, inspiring role models in every issue.  Priyanka’s powerful message of confidence and determination is one we are proud she has chosen to share in NEW YOU.”

Highlights from NEW YOU magazine’s cover feature with Priyanka Chopra:
On embracing your flaws: “I feel extremely passionate about girls being able to be independent. My parents taught me that; I was raised like that. My parents never differentiated my brother and me. We were raised equally. We were taught to have opinions, make decisions, and have the courage of conviction. I believe girls all over the world [have been] raised to believe that we need to be protected, or need someone else to feel validated and strong. Now we are in a time where we are enough. We are complete as ourselves, and our flaws make us unique. Perfection is boring anyway. As soon as you find and identify your flaws, there’s no one who can be like you. From that you can take your confidence.”

On finding her confidence: “I come from a really small town called Bareilly in India. If I can sit here today doing this interview, talking about an international TV show and almost 50 Hindi movies behind me, it can happen for anyone. I had major self-esteem issues growing up and was always very nervous and scared as a kid. I was bullied in school. But I got up one day and said, “Enough.” The color of my skin, the hair I have—there are so many things about me that may not be conventional. But as soon as I chose to own it and walk out the door wearing confidence, people looked at me differently.”

Priyanka opens up about her move to America at the young age of 13 and being bullied in high school: “There was this bunch of girls who were just mean to me. When you are 14 and 15, it’s a big deal to be called “brownie” and hear, “Go back to your country.” At the time, I was really scared. I felt I could not deal with it and thought I should go home. Ultimately, I am glad I went home, because at 17 I went on to win Miss India and Miss World. Then, the movies happened. Now I am back here with a little more confidence.”

On getting her first break and ‘never looking back’: “I’m a complete geek and I believe that the geeks will take over the world one day. I wanted to be an engineer and build planes, and now I fly in them all the time. I was 17 when I became Miss India and movie offers started to come my way. My dad and I had a big chat about it. He said, “You know you have this amazing opportunity, so give yourself a timeline.” I gave myself two years. He said, “Try it, because I don’t want you to ever look back at your life and say, ‘What if I had done it?’” My first movie did well, and I’ve never looked back.”

Priyanka opens up about her passion advocating for women empowerment and girls’ education around the world: “First of all, it’s bizarre to me that we are in 2015 and something like [female genitalia mutilation] still happens. There are parts of the world where girls are not treated as human beings. They are treated as commodities for reproduction and not as humans. There are women in the world that don’t know what a TV looks like, who don’t have an opinion, who are not able to speak to anyone. That is their life. I want to be able to fight for change, even if it is just a little.”

Photo credit: Andrew Macpherson for NEW YOU magazine

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