Activist-Actress Priyanka Chopra Tests Shoulder-Grazing Earrings

Heavy is the head that wears the crown—or, in this case, a pair of crystal and mother-of-pearl encrusted shoulder-dusting Gucci earrings. For actress Priyanka Chopra, though, the weight that comes with a high-profile life in Hollywood is just the start of it. To those in her native India, Chopra’s success story tells of a more welcoming West—her 2015 American debut in Quantico was the first time an Indian-born actress starred in a major U.S. network series. Since then, the outspoken beauty (who came into the public eye after winning the Miss World title in 2000) has become not only an on-screen fixture but a passionate advocate for women, writing for The New York Times, The Times of India, The Guardian, and elsewhere on women’s rights and safety, child marriage, and many other topics. Chopra also launched her own self-funded organization, which grants 88 children in India access to medical coverage and education; was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (her recent trip to Bangladesh’s Balukhali refugee camp was well documented for her almost 25 million Instagram followers); and was honored with the Padma Shri (the Indian equivalent to being knighted).

<cite class="credit">Photographed by Daniel Jackson, <em>Vogue</em>, August 2018</cite>
Photographed by Daniel Jackson, Vogue, August 2018

It was at the hospital operated by her parents in Bareilly, India, that Chopra first got a taste for philanthropy. “My job at ten or eleven was to be an assistant pharmacist—they would take out pills, and I had to put them in little packets to give to people.” Next up for the activist actress: the release of a memoir and a rom-com opposite Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth. And while she says that Mother Teresa is her idol, Chopra does concede that she’d like to get married—“Of course, every girl thinks that way!” But until she starts shopping for rings—perhaps with Nick Jonas, with whom she’s been out and about lately—earrings will do just fine.

In this story:
Fashion Editor: Jorden Bickham.
Hair: Recine for Rodin; Makeup: Susie Sobol.
Produced by Charlie Borradaile for Kiss Productions.

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