Priyanka Chopra who is a global icon today rose to fame in the year 2000 when she won the Miss World pageant. She was soon signed for various Bollywood films and the rest is history. While her sheer hard work and perseverance led her to where she is today, it is also easy to conclude that she was always a star. In the spirit of the Throwback Thursday trend on Instagram #TBT, Priyanka Chopra reminisced her Miss World days when she had just won the title. With a picture in a white gown with the famous Miss World crown and sash, Priyanka Chopra penned down a heartfelt note as well.
‘#TBT Miss World at 18! The turn of the millennium...the year 2000! Wow. It feels like just yesterday I was living this dream. Now, almost 20 years later, my enthusiasm for changing the status quo remains as strong and is at the core of everything I do. I truly believe girls have the power to bring about change if they get the opportunities they deserve. #strivehigher #dreambig’
Priyanka Chopra has been associated with UNICEF for almost a decade now. She joined the prestigious platform as UNICEF National Ambassador from India in 2010. Since then, Priyanka Chopra has been associated with a number of NGOs that work towards the improvement in the conditions of the girl child.
According to UNICEF's official website, ‘She has also been a part of the UN’s global “Girl Up” campaign, which envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.’
Priyanka Chopra’s participation in Miss World contest was purely unplanned as her mother Madhu Chopra had sent her photos for the pageant without letting Priyanka know. According to Priyanka Chopra, the credit of her success and strong spirited personality goes to her parents who always supported her in whatever she wanted to know. Her mother gave up on her medical career to be with her daughter who was new to the world of films. Priyanka Chopra’s mother is also her work partner now. Her father Ashok Chopra, however, passed away five years ago due to Cancer.