“We’re told we’re too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be,and it is,but that’s not the only thing we have.”
These are the words of a woman who,before hitting the spotlight was just another teenager dealing with issues that all of us go through in our high school years. The Quantico star ,who has taken Bollywood as well Hollywood by storm,was once a victim of bullying and racism.She was addressed by the name”Curry”,while studying in the US. In fact,the racism got so bad that eventually she had to leave US and come back to India for further studies.
Even though she returned to India after being defeated by the hands of racism,but today she has achieved the zenith, where she is strongly voicing her opinions against discrimination and stereotyping in Hollywood.From being bullied,to winning the Miss World title,becoming leading Bollywood actress,finding fame in Hollywood and in due time joining hands with UNICEF as their ‘Global Goodwill Ambassador’,this exceptional woman has left no stones upturned.
‘Priyanka’,the name itself is an inspiration for millions of women across the world.Yes,she is Miss World,a renowned Bollywood actress and now gaining name in Hollywood through her stints in Quantico and Baywatch but what heartens me more is the work she has been doing with UNICEF as their Goodwill Ambassador.
In the month of December 2016,Priyanka joined hands with UNICEF as their Global Ambassador.Though,she had been associated with UNICEF as the National Ambassador in India for over a decade,on the eve of their 70th Anniversary she joined the lineup of celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker,David Beckham,Orlando Bloom,Selena Gomez and many more,who have been bestowed upon with the position of ‘Global Goodwill Ambassador’.
“My wish for children is freedom.The freedom to think, the freedom to live.” In the first week of May,Priyanka attended UNICEF’s fundraising event in South Africa,to shed light on the obstacles faced by children affected by violence,abuse, neglect and exploitation.This glittering social event was not the only part of Priyanka’s visit to Southern African region,but she also made few field trips in Zimbabwe to form the first hand impression of the situation on ground.
Although her time was narrow,she made a distinct effort to meet the children who are counting on UNICEF for help and tried to fathom their needs and challenges.This reminded me of the time when Princess Diana visited people marginalised by society,and addressed their issues in a very personal way,spending endless hours listening to individual stories and problems of the people.Diana,used her royal profile to raise awareness and funds for charitable purposes.Named as one of the hundred most influential people in the world,Priyanka’s visit to Zimbabwe as well as her work with UNICEF,will certainly draw the attention of the society to such worthy causes.
After her field trip,Priyanka attended a media event in Rosebank to give feedback on her experience and learning. As per PC,the trip was extremely insightful and the reason this trip was important,was because the statics of violence against children is disquieting.In her address,PC urged that this is no more a problem,but an epidemic and this is our problem to solve.
Till date,I have always admired Priyanka for her charm and elegance,her work and for her fashion statements.But while watching these interviews,something she said,made me moon over her even more.“We are very privileged,all of us.We get to wear great clothes,we get to drive in cars,go to school and choose our careers.But,if you are privileged,it is your social responsibility to give back to the society in whatever way it is.It doesn’t necessarily have to be money,but also your time,your compassion,opening your hearts and actually seeing these children not as statistics but real people.We are the means to an end.”
‘Priyanka’ is no more just a star studded celebrity name but a spark that can ignite and inspire many more Priyankas in the world to become the woman she is and that is why I dedicate this blog to her. Also,as this is a life and style blog,this post would be incomplete without some style inspiration ;).
I really love how Priyanka’s dressing is always on point and apt according to the situation.Throughout the field trip,she opted for a minimalistic look comprising of simple tees,jeans,shirt or comfy bottom wears.I have picked up one of the looks from her field trips and recreated the same by incorporating as similar pieces as I could find.Keeping in mind the keyword minimalism,the casual look comprises of a ragged jeans,plain black tee,a boyfriend shirt and pair of slip-on shoes.The look is quite easy and hassle-free and can be created effortlessly by using off the shelf pieces. Check out the pictures below and do share your views and feedback .:)