Priyanka Chopra turns 36 today. The multi-talented actress, singer and film producer is one of the highest paid actresses today. She is also the recipient of prestigious National Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Fashion’ and the Padma Shri.
The ‘Baywatch’ actress also became the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award. She won the award twice once for “Favourite Actress In A New TV Series”, and the second time for “Favorite Dramatic TV Actress” for ‘Quantico‘.
Chopra also works for various social causes and has been known to speak her mind. Here are some quotes by the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actress, that never fail to inspire.
On financial independence
Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent, she has the ability to live life on her own terms. I think that was the soundest advice that I ever got. No matter where you go in life or who you get married to, you have to be financially independent – whether you use it or not.
On embracing your flaws
I think it’s great to be flawed. I am hugely flawed, and I like it this way. That’s the fun of life. You fall, get up, make mistakes, learn from them, be human and be you.
On being confident
I taught myself confidence. When I’d walk into a room and feel scared to death, I’d tell myself, ‘I’m not afraid of anybody’. And people believed me. You’ve got to teach yourself to take over the world.
On loving your body
I don’t believe in being a size 0. I don’t believe in starving. Women should totally embrace their curves
On helping the underprivileged
I can’t eradicate poverty, but at least for the people around me, I can help make sure no child is denied a dream.
On destiny and hard work
I believe destiny and hard work go hand in hand. I was studying to be an engineer when my mom and my brother sent my pictures for the Miss India contest. I didn’t even know about it. If that isn’t destiny, what is?
On being dispensable
My career is the sum of the decisions I have made. Everyone can work hard, but I work on my own terms. I stand my ground, and once I have committed to anything, I give my 150 per cent. I don’t take my work for granted, ever. I know that, forget me, no matter where anyone is, everyone is dispensable. Why would I think I am indispensable then?
On being feminine
“You can be an absolute woman and also be smart and tough and not lose your femininity.”
On racism and breaking the stereotypes
Black, brown, white, yellow – why are we always talking about colors? I’m a girl. I believe in a global community.
On driving change and touching lives
To be a philanthropist, you don’t have to be Nelson Mandela. You just have to look around you and ask, ‘What little bit can I do? Whose life can I touch?’”
Ambition is a word associated with women negatively. People say, ‘She’s too ambitious.’ Why is that a bad thing?
The actress who says, “Don’t try to squeeze into a glass slipper. Instead, shatter the glass ceiling” is a staunch feminist and is highly vocal about gender equality.
She was also appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016. She has been working with the UNICEF since 2006.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv