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Priyanka Chopra's Message To Indian Americans: 'You Don't Need To Be Afraid Of Who You Are'

Priyanka Chopra's Message To Indian Americans: 'You Don't Need To Be Afraid Of Who You Are'

Priyanka Chopra looks stunning as usual as she takes the cover of Glamour‘s June 2017 issue, on newsstands Tuesday (May 9).

Here’s what the 34-year-old Quantico actress had to share with the mag:

On the pressure of being one of the few Indian actors well-known in the U.S: “After Quantico was picked up, I was like, ‘Oh crap, if I don’t do well, people will be like, ‘Oh my God, Indian actors can’t do lead parts.’ I felt that pressure.”

On what people don’t understand about being Indian American: “I don’t think a lot of people understand what Indians are. And that’s our fault, a little. We tend to forget our roots a bit. As kids [we think], If I’m too Indian, I’ll be put in a box, and people will think of me as different. They’ll think I’m weird, because I eat Indian food or my name is difficult to pronounce. That girl in school used to call me ‘curry.’ You’re scared of those things. We’re afraid of letting people see the glory of who we are.”

On the upswing of violence toward Indian Americans and the idea of the quiet ‘model minority’: “Staying in your lane — I heard that so much. I want to make my lane! And yes, it’s an extremely scary time. Maybe I, being on the platform that I am, can say this louder than the kid who has to get on the subway and go to school: You don’t need to be afraid of who you are. I don’t want any kid to feel the way I felt in school. I was afraid of my bully. It made me feel like I’m less—in my skin, in my identity, in my culture.”

For more from Priyanka, visit Glamour.com!

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Credit: Sebastian Kim; Photos: Glamour
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    stupid whore is telling Indians in america not to be afraid of who they are yet she is afraid to be indian and trying so hard to be white. pathetic what a joke!.

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    priyanka chopra hates trump and works for the globalists,she is anti indian and a muslim sympathizer.