Former Miss World and now global diva Priyanka Chopra turns 37 today. She made her Bollywood debut after winning the crown of Miss World in 2000, as the second female lead opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in Anil Sharma’s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. From there on she made a remarkable place in Bollywood with her films like Aitraaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Don, Don 2, Mary Kom, Barfi, Bajirao Mastani, etc. From Bollywood to all the way to Hollywood, with her presence there, Priyanka has become a global icon. Her much-celebrated TV series Quantico and her music albums gave her global recognition. Besides her amazing career graph, Priyanka is all vocal about her thoughts on gender equality and feminism. With her social work and campaigns, she became the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She recently married American singer, actor and band member of ‘The Jonas Brothers’, Nick Jonas.
She is a major feminist goal for all the millennials. Let’s have a look at her life graph:
Be a risk taker like Priyanka
We all know that the career graph of Piggy Chops was not a smooth ride. Just like any ‘outsider’, it wasn’t a cakewalk for her at all. After her first release in 2003, she had a very bumpy career. But this didn’t stop the risk-taker inside her. In the age of ‘bubbly- girl next-door’, the newly established Priyanka took a risk of playing a grey character in Aitraaz. She was warned about how her career as a female lead will be ruined and she might just be labelled a vamp. Breaking all myth she slayed the character and got critical acclaim for her role.
She is a very versatile actor and never limits herself with one type of role. That is why she is one of the actresses who has played the most diverse role from a boxer to a mentally challenged girl, on the big screen. Due to her ability to take risk, she didn’t settle for her secure Bollywood career as well went all the way to L.A for her Hollywood debut. Challenging her critics and living her life on her own terms is her speciality.
Work like Priyanka
With her amazing Bollywood/Hollywood career, she is a gem of a person. Her social work and campaigns for the weak and underprivileged are worth recognition. The talented actress has been part of various social campaigns like UN’s global “Girl Up” campaign which was about education, health and safety rights of women all over the world.
Similarly, ‘Deepshikha” campaign was in association with UNICEF. It was about strengthening adolescent and young women’s groups through imparting its members life skills, enterprise skills and networking skill training. Another example of her work is “Awaaz Do” campaign, in collaboration with the government of India. It was for every child’s entitlement to free schooling through the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
She also promoted campaigns like “Dare to Care” and “End Violence against Children” to promote awareness about physical, emotional and sexual violence, and child marriage. Her work and willingness to contribute to society is something which we all can learn.
Be a feminist like Priyanka
If you follow Priyanka you must know she is a vocal feminist and when it comes to feminism and gender equality there’s no stopping for Piggy Chops. Promoting gender rights and equality she has shared her views and opinion on feminism from time to time. In her interview with Variety, she said, “Feminism is not about berating or hating men or disliking or trying to make sure we’re better than men,” she says. “Feminism is just saying give me opportunities without judging me for the decisions that I make, the same freedom that men have enjoyed for so many centuries.”
Bashing all the racists and sexist people she made her path to the success like a queen. Enlightening people about how women are equal to men and how mental health is important, her thoughts and views are something which all millennials can learn from.
On her 37th birthday, you can learn her life mantra which is to work hard, take risk, love your family and never look down. We at SheThePeople team wish her a very happy and warm birthday.
Divya Tripathi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV