Priyanka Chopra is a triple threat: a pageant queen, Bollywood actress and pop singer. Her career began in 2000, when she won the Miss World pageant.
An award-winning Bollywood icon who has appeared in more than 40 films, Chopra is one of India’s most celebrated actresses. She made her acting debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan and has since won a National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Now, Chopra is crossing into the music realm. In 2011, Priyanka began her foray into the music world when she signed a global recording deal with Interscope Records/Desi Hits/ 2101 Records. She immediately began work on her first US studio album, which is produced by mega producer RedOne. America got their first taste of Priyanka with her single “In My City,” featuring will.i.am, which was the premiere song for the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football series. Her recently released debut single, “Exotic,” featuring Pitbull is the first single from her upcoming album. Since the release of the music video on July 11th, “Exotic” has received more than 7.6 million views. Priyanka has also descended on the Hollywood acting scene, lending her voice to Disney’s much anticipated film Planes – in theatres August 9th.
As the daughter of two army physicians, Chopra bounced from city to city in her early years and—at age 13—moved to the United States to study Western classical music, theater and dance. “Because I traveled so much as a child, I grew up with an understanding of many different cultures,” she said.
Chopra is eager to use her fast-expanding pop-culture reach to benefit children everywhere. “It would mean a lot to me to give kids in India—and all over the world—the feeling that there’s a place for anyone and everyone.” Chopra serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in a number of efforts to protect children’s rights and promote the education of girls in India.
Chopra lent her voice for one of the stories in Girl Rising, a groundbreaking documentary feature film, which tells the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film spotlights the power of education to change the world.
“As a Champion for Girl Up, I am lending my voice to a cause that is very close to me. I come from a country where girls are not treated fairly – many girls are kept out of school, get married at a young age, and don’t have access to health services,” said Chopra. “I am joining Girl Up because I firmly believe in the campaign’s mission, that every girl, no matter where she is born, should grow up safe, healthy and empowered. Every girl should have the opportunity to reach her full potential.”