Priyanka Chopra is a name and face you won’t soon forget. A top Bollywood star who’s appeared in over 40 films, the former Miss World, 31, recently became the newest face for Guess — and the brand’s first-ever spokesmodel from India. Recently we sat down with the multi-talented actress and singer in New York City and discovered that, in addition to being one of the most staggeringly beautiful women we’ve ever met, she’s also the kind of laid-back, cool girl we’d hang out with every day if we could.
What does it mean to you to be the first Indian Guess Girl?
I’ve always admired Guess’s iconic black and white ads, not to mention that all of the former Guess Girls are so timelessly beautiful. Being the first brown face for the brand, and having a role in changing the idea of what the girl next door looks like, is so incredibly humbling and makes me so proud.
Your skin is flawless. Can you let us in on a few of your beauty secrets?
I apply Greek yogurt all over my skin, let it sit, and then rinse it off in the shower. It helps revitalize my skin and keep it soft. I also use coconut oil on my hair. My grandmother taught me that massaging coconut oil into your scalp increases circulation and helps your hair grow. I also change my moisturizer every 6 months. I kill my skin every day with super heavy makeup when I’m shooting, so I try to change moisturizers often because I think it’s important to trick your skin for optimal results. I love SKII products and La Prairie. I also take off my makeup every night before bed no matter how tired I am.
How is beauty different in India compared to the US? Do you find there is more emphasis placed on certain attributes here vs. there?
I think women want to look and feel beautiful wherever they’re from. In India we use more natural beautifying methods, as well as oils and Ayurvedic products.
Music is also something you’re passionate about. Tell us about your latest single, an EDM version of the Bonnie Raitt classic, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
Actually, Bonnie Raitt’s version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is one of the reasons I wanted to become a musician. When I was growing up, this song had such an impact on my life and really helped get me through many troubling times. And Bonnie’s vocals are incredible – you can literally feel her raw emotion when you listen to that song. That’s probably the reason why, after seconds of hearing the EDM demo of this song, I knew I had to record it for my album. It was fate…love at first listen!
Your first single, “In My City,” featuring will.i.am, was the theme song for the NFL Network’s 2013 season, but not everyone had a positive reaction to you in America. How did that make you feel?
It was very hurtful when people called me a terrorist, as well as the other racist comments that were made. No one wants to be called names or hated by others because of the way they look…especially because many of these people didn’t know anything about me or where I came from. But with change growing pains should be expected, and I’m just so honored to be pioneering that change to some degree. The best way to silence the haters is to keep achieving.