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Priyanka Chopra is nothing less than huge these days. She was already a mega-star in India when she went on to become a crowd favourite in America.

With such staggering successes behind her, it seems like Priyanka zoomed to the top. But like most people who make it in showbiz, especially outsiders, Priyanka faced her own challenges, some of them as recently as last year. In an interview with InStyle magazine, the actor, producer, and philanthropist revealed how last year she was dropped out of running for a role because she was too brown.
She said, "Somebody (from the studio) called one of my agents and said, 'She’s the wrong—what word did they used?—‘physicality.’ So in my defense as an actor, I’m like...what does ‘wrong physicality’ mean? And then my agent broke it down for me, ‘I think, Priy, they meant that they wanted someone who’s not brown.' It affected me."
She also mentioned facing this as a kid, when she was bullied for being brown and from India while studying in the states.

Priyanka also brought up other glaring issues in the industries, both in Hollywood and Bollywood, which are the sexism and the pay gap. She spoke about how it was a lot more obvious and brashly done in India, mentioning producers who told her flat out that the male lead would get money because as a woman, her worth was not much in the film.
She also commented on the issue of women of colour in the industry and how they get paid, the issue of studios not making women-centric films, and the need for people to look at both men and women as people, instead of their genders.
And finally, speaking about her success the actor commented, "I like to give myself a good life because I’ve worked really hard for it—I like having good homes, good cars, good clothes, and shoes. I treat myself," ’Cause ain’t nobody else going to do it!"

 

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