Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who is now ruling Hollywood, has added another feather to her cap. The Quantico actor is among the 41 women of colour to be listed by Allure magazine in its April issue, where these women celebrities tell the story of their lives through their skin, and skin tone.
Talking about diversity and the politics of skin colour in beauty, Priyanka was quoted as saying in her Allure interview, “(My skin) is as complicated as I am. When I was growing up, I didn’t see anyone on television who looked like me. Initially companies didn’t have colours that matched Asian or Indian skin.”
The list of 41 women in the US beauty magazine also includes two others with Indian origin, author-model Padma Lakshmi and Canadian YouTuber Superwoman and comedienne Lilly Singh.
Lilly, digital creator of Superwoman, and author of How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, said in the magazine, “The last time someone made me feel bad about my skin would be every single comment I get about my face makeup not matching my neck. It’s something I get on YouTube. Maybe if more foundation matched my skin tone, haters would slow their roll.”
Padma, who is the executive producer of Top Chef, said, “...when I started to work as a model, people would on occasion say things to me like, ‘You’re so pretty for being an Indian.’ I’ve gotten to a place where I have a much broader feeling that I’m beautiful because I’m accepted in the culture. I scar very badly. You can see every scrape, cut, and burn — mine don’t go away... but I’m very thankful for my skin. I’m very tactile. Cooking is as much about touch as it is about taste — I can feel if something is done just by touch. That sense of touch has shaped my sensuality.”
Other celebrities on the list are actors Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba and singer Demi Lovato.
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