This is Akansha Panday. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of arts, majoring communication, and journalism at the University of Queensland.
In one of her courses, the latest assignment was on celebrity culture and their public image. Panday chose Priyanka Chopra as the subject of her paper.
Panday admitted to BuzzFeed that she is a huge fan of Chopra, but chose the assignment because of her growing popularity.
While others in the class chose Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio, Panday decided to choose Chopra because she's a role model to the youth, "someone who doesn't bow down to conventional roles".
Here is an excerpt from Panday's paper:
"Celebrities make affiliations to the public and their fans in which they practice performing a bond making the process where they use language, words, cultural symbol, and conventions to make the audience feel what the celebrity is saying is their own view as well. In Priyanka's interview video of Time magazine, she says 'I had the worst self-esteem when I was young'. Being a celebrity Priyanka makes herself a role model for the youth which is a majority of her audience around the globe and the idea of making affiliation with the young audience provides a big ratio.
Creating intimacy with the audience by using the cultural background as a great way to portray an Indian woman standing strong in Hollywood and not playing roles that are cliché and changing the norms of an Indian role in Hollywood."