Priyanka Chopra just pointed out a major problem with fairytales that you probably never thought about
We know what her next role is going to be
Priyanka Chopra is the master of telling it like it is, whether she’s calling out Hollywood for casual racism or slamming haters for criticising her looks. And recently, at the Forbes Women’s Summit 2018 in New York, where she featured on a panel alongside PepsiCo supremo Indra Nooyi (desi girls, represent), Priyanka was quick to point out another casual stereotype that, to be honest, we hadn’t really thought of.
When asked about her unique career arc from Bollywood to Hollywood, the Quantico star admitted she wasn’t afraid to walk into a room full of strangers and introduce herself, even though she was already a big star back home. The pressure of having to make a success of herself or risk being trolled for perpetuity was very real, but Priyanka refused to accept it as a cultural bias, instead saying this fear was something all women had to deal with at some level. “Think about it, even in fairytales, the story ends when the princess gets married,” she pointed out to an audience which took a second to digest her revelation before cheering in response. “And they lived happily ever after…. why is that the case? I want to know what happens after she got married,” she added, to which moderator Moira Forbes replied, “Well, there you have your next role.”
You heard her, Bollywood. Here’s a movie we’d happily stand in line for.
7 famous people who’ve made a career out of being feminists
Frances McDormand didn’t just accept her award at the Oscars and give the conventional thank you speech. Best Actress winner McDormand got all her female colleagues in the audience to stand up and then urged all the male Hollywood bosses to ensure they didn't just offer platitudes and lip service to the women, but actually followed up with job offers and projects. Frances coined the term ‘inclusion rider’ which means that men in power should do their part to make sure deserving women get their due.
In line with the ‘inclusion rider’ theme, Mark Wahlberg made a bold statement when he donated $1.5 million in Michelle Williams’ name to the #TimesUp legal fund. That was the exact difference between their pay slips while working on All The Money In The World reshoots. “I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund in Michelle Williams’ name,” said Wahlberg about the gross difference in pay.
Sonam Kapoor has been a long time fighter for feminist values, even writing an essay on what feminism means to her. In a recent press conference, a female reporter asked why she had deleted a picture of Deepika Padukone promoting PadMan from her Instagram. Sonam, who had done no such thing, found it ridiculous that the reporter would even try and stir up a problem where there was none. "I can't imagine a woman is asking me these questions... do you not like other women? Don't create controversy where there is none. I expect a woman to support other women, not create these situations. So support other women, so we can all move forward," Sonam said, schooling anyone watching and trying to tear women down.
Fed-up with the lack of empowered female roles Reese Witherspoon saw around her, the actress decided to take a stand by starting her own production company with the mission to tell stories about women. She even put her own money into it. The production company has been a success, producing women-centric stories like Wild and Big Little Lies.
"You can feel a sense of 'am I stepping over the line, do I deserve it?' But if you believe you deserve it, then you do," the actress said, while addressing the issue of the pay gap. Deepika confirmed that she demanded what she thought she was worth for Padmaavat, whether or not it surpassed that of what her co-stars were making. “I think you should get what you think you deserve. It's okay to fight for it, and it's okay to feel uncomfortable initially, because that's just the way we've been made to feel for so long."
Kristen Stewart recently walked a red carpet at Cannes and mid-way through, took off her heels to walk up the staircase. Heels are rumoured to be a mandatory part of the Cannes red carpet dress code and Stewart was having none of it. "If [a man and I] were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in,’ then [I’m going to say], ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’” she said about the incident. “It can work both ways. It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version — flats or heels.”
When producing Veere Di Wedding, Rhea Kapoor was convinced Kareena Kapoor Khan was perfect for one of the roles and signed her onto the project. Shortly after, Kareena discovered she was pregnant and offered to drop out. It was at that point that Rhea said she would put the project on hold and resume filming after Kareena's pregnancy, awarding Kareena the opportunity of being an example to working mothers. It's not often women get the choice between career and family, we hope Rhea's example will be followed by other producers.