Priyanka Chopra was all of 18 when she became Miss World in 2000 and waltzed into a nation’s consciousness. Far from the conventional gori-chitti-soni-kudi paradigm that India, and especially its men, is fascinated with, Priyanka was the typical dusky beauty.
The fact that the gawky girl didn’t have sharp features raised a lot of eyebrows. Her lips looked bee-stung, her nose was too wide, her smile too gummy and her figure was like Peter Pan! So how did the proverbial ugly duckling transform her into the ultimate Bollywood bombshell that she is today?
We revisit the journey of Piggy Chops from the girl next door to the glam diva of the film industry…
Priyanka Chopra made her not-so-fairytale debut with the Tamil film Thamizhan, complete with flouncy Cinderella gowns, tiara, bouffant and wiry curls! Her efforts to look like a Southern siren flopped miserably -- poor make-up and dress sense didn’t do much for Piggy Chops!
Hero marked her debut in Hindi films, where she looked quite like the girl next door. She hadn’t mastered the art of seducing the camera yet and PC with poor make up and wrong camera angles was still a long way off from the Bollywood glam icon she is now.
She stumbled upon her hot, sultry seductress potential in Andaz, with red hot lips and luscious lip locks. But the spit and polish was still missing.
Priyanka Chopra in a still from Dostana.
She did not waste her sexy waist and was quick to master the jhatkas and matkas in Mujhse Shadi Karogi, but the oomph was still missing!
PC soon "figured" out that she needed to work on her body if she wanted to get to the top. She worked out four times a week. Yoga, resistance training, lunges, crunches, push-ups, running and the treadmill became her success mantra for a perfectly toned body.
Allegedly, Priyanka had some help from cosmetic surgeons along the way. PC has reportedly set her nose right and got herself fuller cupid bow lips. She’s managed to perk up her toothy-gummy-grin into a flashing million dollar smile! The actor has denied reports of going under the knife but that has not stopped the gossip.
PC sizzled in Krrish with seductive lip locks and her westernized dress sense. As she went from strength to strength in acting prowess, the actor was also becoming known for her sexy avatar.
She worked on a rigorous diet plan, chomping on something every two hours to rev her metabolism. She went nuts with nuts, coconut water and veggies. The turning point came in 2008 as PC emerged in a new avatar in Fashion.
In Dostana, this desi girl stole the show, looking sexy and oozing oomph even in a humble saree! Having fashioned her look and make up she now also knew exactly how to seduce the camera.
Priyanka now knew her assets: her sexy figure, seductive eyes, slim waist and bouncy hair! She worked on mastering make up tricks, camera angles and fine-tuned her dress sense. In 2011 she came out a feisty winner in Saat Khoon Maaf.
The sultry, sexy and sensuous siren had arrived! In Gunday, Priyanka used her assets to her advantage, and easily slipped into the role of the glitzy, glamourous cabaret dancer.
The dazzling diva next spiced up Ram-Leela with her hot item number! Priyanka stole hearts dressed in white choli and thigh-high slit dhoti-skirt while her eyes and lips spoke wicked, lusty volumes.
PC poured herself into the persona of Mary Kom in the film and what shone through (apart from her acting prowess) was her well-toned and perfectly fit body.
Today Priyanka looks good in whatever she wears -- from sheer chiffons, clingy dresses and itsy-bitsy shorts to daring scooped-out swimwear!
Counted amongst the most beautiful women in India today, Priyanka has sure come a long way. And going by PC’s jalwa, she is here to stay!