#stereotypedsundays with @priyankachopra
STEREOTYPE: Indian / "exotic"
She speaks loud to fight against stereotypes, joking that the only person who looked like her on TV when she was growing up was Apu (The Simpsons). “What happens with a lot of immigrants, I think — when you come into the entertainment business — is that we’re put into a box of what the stereotype of that country might be,” Chopra said. “I’m extremely proud of my roots, but that doesn’t define me. My ethnicity doesn’t define my opportunity, my ethnicity doesn’t define my merit and my ability." HER STRUGGLE:
She's been passed over before for a role because of the color of her skin. “It happened last year,” she says. “I was out for a movie, and somebody [from the studio] called one of my agents and said, 'She’s the wrong physicality.' I’m like, ‘Do I need to be skinnier? Do I need to get in shape?' “And then my agent broke it down for me: they meant that they wanted someone who’s not brown,'". “[My skin] is as complicated as I am. Everyone in America wants to get a tan, and everyone in Asia wants to get their skin lightened. I straddle both countries. Girls there are told that they’re too dark or dusky and that lighter skin is better. Because I’m a darker tone, I had issues growing up as a teenager." DON'T CALL HER/ANYONE EXOTIC:
While being called an “exotic beauty” is sometimes thought of as a compliment, it can actually objectify and further marginalize people. "I did not want to be the stereotype of either Bollywood or what Indian actors are [usually offered]. The exotic, beautiful girl, or the academically inclined nerd. And I wanted to play a lead and I haven't settled for less." HER ADVICE:
“I used to get offended by things that were said to me, or how I was seen. Now I educate. If I get pissed off, I’ll educate in a sassy way,” Find your inner strength and your voice. You always had it, now is the time to amplify it,” she said. “Say something, write something, do something, take charge of your future and fight for it because really, no one else will."