Priyanka Chopra talks about the problem with women being viewed as a ‘Plus-One’ in their relationships

Following Meghan Markle’s Vanity Fair cover earlier this month in which she spoke of her relationship with her boyfriend, Prince Harry, friend and actress Priyanka Chopra spoke out against the magazine’s sexist portrayal of the Suits star.

She told Entertainment Tonight: ‘I don’t know if I will get into trouble for this, but I have an opinion.

‘I mean, she’s on the cover of Vanity Fair. It would have been nice to write about her not just her boyfriend. I’m just saying. I mean, she’s an actor, she’s an activist, she’s a philanthropist. I mean, she does so much more.

And it appears the 35-year-old actress isn’t quite finished talking about the media’s unfair representation of her friend when it comes to her love life.



Speaking at the 2017 Global Goals Awards on Tuesday evening in New York, she explained to PEOPLE the problem when women are regarded as a ‘plus one’ in a relationship.

‘Sometimes women become plus-ones, and sometimes guys become plus-ones,’ she said.

‘It’s who is on the radar more. [But] I think in an overall scheme of things, it’s harder for girls to be able to make their own stand for what they are. And I’m a girl love kind of girl.’

#TBT to girl time with @priyankachopra & Mubina in #Malibu last week #californialove #homesweethome

A post shared by Meghan Markle (@meghanmarkle) on Dec 1, 2016 at 11:11am PST

Now, if you’re dating someone as famous as the fifth-in-line to the British throne, it’s not entirely surprising Markle is often referred to as his ‘girlfriend’.

However, as Chopra points out, that shouldn’t negate her role as a successful actress, activist and philanthropist.

Speaking of her friendship with the Toronto-based star, who she first met at the annual ELLE Women in Television dinner, she said: ‘We bonded as actors. We just became friends, like two girls would.’



On the evening, Chopra presented the Leadership Award to Indian activist Ria Sharma for her work helping acid attack survivors.

Yesterday, the UNICEF goodwill ambassador took to Instagram to encourage men and women to ‘come together and work to empower, educate, create opportunities and impart skill sets’ to help improve the world, like Sharma.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi… “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” It was an honor to speak at the UN Global Goals Awards on the importance of empowering girls; addressing global leaders and influencers from the United Nations, philanthropy, media, non-profits and business. We all need to come together and work to empower, educate, create opportunities and impart skill sets so that we can be their catalysts for change and to help them build their brave new world. If possible, a safe one where they can live their dreams and laugh together as one. I had the opportunity to meet @muzoonalmellehan, @unicef’s youngest goodwill ambassador, who is doing such amazing work advocating education for Syrian girls. All in all, this was a very inspiring and uplifting night. #GlobalGoals #UNGA #ForEveryChild Please swipe for more.

A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:34pm PDT

The same day, the Indian star met with social activist Malala Yousafzai and renowned feminist writer Gloria Steinem at the United Nations.



I mean, can you blame them?


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