Priyanka Chopra On Female Beauty Standards

Priyanka Chopra didn't hold back in her recent Allure interview. The actress talked about her insecurities and beauty standards for women.

Chopra went makeup-free for the magazine’s first digital cover package, in an effort to urge women to love themselves and not be influenced by so-called beauty standards portrayed in the media. Chopra also discussed women who feel the need to constantly change themselves due to societal pressures.     

"We’ve always been treated as second-class citizens. We’ve always been told that only one of us can win and only the best one will get the cutest boy … Can we for a second love ourselves and say ‘I do not need all of these magazines to tell me to how to lose the weight or how should I starve because I want to please a man?’”

Allure’s digital editorial director, Kelly Bales, felt Chopra was the ideal person for the cover because like many women Chopra is on the same journey of self-acceptance. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Bales talks about how media influenced beauty and reeducating people on beauty. 

“A lot of the things media has perpetuated have created false standards around beauty. People that have not grown up seeing themselves in the space have a harder time accessing self-love and acceptance. That's something we really push,” Bales says. “It's been a huge mission for Allure — how can we right some of these wrongs of the past, re-educate both ourselves and our audience to have a larger scope of what we consider beautiful?”

For any of these ideas to be the reality the mindset of society needs to change. The mindset that woman who are not within the beauty norms are not considered worthy. 

The actress has the perfect advice for self-doubting women. 

“Start with just recognizing what you’re doing. That’s called self-hate, self-doubt, you’re berating yourself. We have enough people doing that to us anyway, why do we need to do it to ourselves? Love yourself, ladies. You're your best friend.”

Watch the full interview here