This is the gorgeous Priyanka Chopra, up close and wonderfully up in your space, donning only moisturizer and lip gloss for the cover of Allure. Before she became a Bollywood star and kicked ass on the ABC series Quantico, Priyanka was crowned Miss India and Miss World in 2000 — at age 18, no big deal — and has a few important insights about the pageant world that propelled her towards worldwide fame.
Contrary to conventional stereotypes and criticisms associated with pageants, Priyanka's experience went beyond a focus on physical appearances. The India- and UK-based competitions put an emphasis on young women who were "fun, outgoing, progressive, [and] bold."
Though Priyanka's pageant wins initially got her offers in film and television, they eventually became the driving point for her involvement as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and with female-empowering causes like the Girl Up United Nations Foundation.
If it's not evident that pageant contestants never deserve to be labeled or boxed in, the average (and not-so-average) woman does not either. Priyanka confidently declares, “It's the mindset that needs to change, of society, of men, of people — that view where a woman in a plus size should not be a check in the box. Or a woman of color should not be a check in the box. Or a woman shouldn't be a check in the box.”