But it’s not just power lists for the actress last seen in Netflix’s ‘Isn’t It Romantic’. India’s famous B-town export in recent years, she has been spotted hobnobbing with Hollywood’s crème de la crème at the Met Gala, in the front row at the biggest fashion weeks, and even at the royal wedding, thanks to her friendship with Meghan Markle.
But the recognition seems to only push Chopra, who turns 37 today, to do more. Shuttling between continents, PeeCee, as she is known to friends and colleagues, has managed to build a global following while maintaining the one she enjoys back home in India – on Instagram alone she has over 43 million followers.
The star, who started earning at the age of 17 after winning the Miss India crown and Miss World title – that reportedly comes with a $100,000 cash prize – continues to add to her extraordinary, multifaceted career.
The ‘Barfi’ actress turned producer in 2015 when she launched her production house, along with mom Madhu Chopra, in Mumbai. As with most things, Chopra didn’t follow the popular path when it came to her choice of films with her production house, and rather focussed on regional cinema, producing Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, Sikkimese projects. She will reportedly also produce and star in a big, fat, Indian wedding comedy in Hollywood alongside Mindy Kaling.
In 2018, just before she tied the knot with singer Nick Jonas in what was an extravagant affair spread over three days in Jodhpur, the Padma Shri recipient added another feather to her cap – turning investor. While several Bollywood celebrities have invested in fitness, food and fashion related start-ups, Chopra – who aspired to become an aeronautical engineer while growing up – chose put her money in tech, backing Whitney Wolfe Herd’s dating app. Her other stint as investor also focuses on tech and women. Chopra was part of a $8.2 million funding round for the Holberton School of Software Engineering.
Always ready with something new up her sleeve, Chopra, in March this year, dabbled with digital content, turning interviewer for YouTube. In the ‘If I Could Tell You Just One Thing’ special for the video-streaming platform, she interviewed designer Diane von Furstenberg, actress-rapper Awkwafina, and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
With the amount of buzz every thing the star does creates, it comes as no surprise, that she is already penning her memoir, ‘Unfinished’ with Penguin Random House.
But, professional commitments and success apart, the Padma Shri recipient also found time to do some good for the world as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Foundation Girl Up champion. Inspired by Anjelina Jolie, she also runs the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.
Films, Fashion, Social Cause: Priyanka Chopra’s International Transition
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A Girl Like You
An actor, humanitarian, green crusader, fashionista, singer – Priyanka Chopra dons each hat with elegance and expertise.
She’s entertained us with her acting chops, inspired us with her journey, and taught us that dreams do come true. On PeeCee’s 36th birthday, here’s looking at her Hollywood story.