Priyanka Chopra is one personality who has had a positive influence on millions across the globe. In a recent conversation, the actress got candid about her changing relationship with her body, the online grief she received for it and much more.
The actress also revealed that because she has been a part of the entertainment industry since the young age of 17, she was used to the scrutiny and she thought that unrealistic beauty standards were normal.
During her appearance on Victoria’s Secret’s VS Voices podcast, Priyanka Chopra spoke about her changing relationship with her body. She said, “Obviously, being raised in the industry and having such a tight lens on what my shape was, what my figure was or what my measurements were, minutely looking at every part of me, I kind of grew up for a while in my 20s, thinking that was normal. Like most young people, where you think about these unrealistic standards of beauty, which is like, absolutely Photoshopped face, perfect hair. I never used my natural texture for years. I used to always just have blown out hair.”
Priyanka Chopra added, “I think it was a big journey for me because I grew up in the entertainment world, I learnt everything that was thrown at me at such a fast speed that I just imbibed the headlines in a way. I didn’t have time to delve deep into what it was doing to me, the person, not me, the public figure.”
Priyanka Chopra further added that she received a lot of criticism after her father’s death when she sought solace in food. The actress added, “I think over time when my body started changing and I went through that phase when I was eating my emotions, my body started changing, I reached my 30s, I went through struggle because I used to get online grief from people like, ‘You are looking different, you are ageing’, this and that. It messed with my mind at that time.”
She added, “My mind was already in such a dark place and I didn’t have time for it. My relationship with social media changed, my relationship with the internet changed… I incubated myself in a way where I protected myself, I went into my Cancerian self-preservation self and got back into my shell.”
Talking about her healing process, Priyanka Chopra revealed she gave her body ‘what it needed’ – even if it was pizza at 1 am. The actress added that eventually (almost two years later) she felt like going for a run or doing something that would make her feel healthier.
The desi girl also spoke about becoming a vegetarian recently, and how it has made a positive difference in her life. She said, “I think it’s a phase. Every one of us will go through their ups and downs, but eventually, the sooner we start choosing ourselves, the better life becomes, when we get rid of the noise of what the expectation of someone else is.”
However, Priyanka Chopra added that it was especially hard for her to do this because of the nature of her job.
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