From being crowned Miss World in 2000 to making a name in Bollywood just three years after, and then paving her way into Hollywood, if we trace the successful journey of Priyanka Chopra Jonas, there will be a lengthy list of accolades. Since the very beginning, the star has strived for global domination; a Bollywood celebrity who hasn’t just talked the talk but walked the walk to get where she is today. Whether it was bagging international films, embarking on an entrepreneurial journey, or her job as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the unstoppable and multi-talented PeeCee has become an inspiration for her peers and all women across the globe.
Let’s celebrate Priyanka’s noteworthy achievements and how she continues to add more feathers to her cap and expand her global presence.
1. Entering The International Music Scene
In case you forgot, Priyanka’s first international presence was not through Hollywood films but two hit music videos showcasing her vocal talent. Remember the songs In My City ft. Will.i.am and Exotic ft. Pitbull? That’s when the star started gaining popularity overseas.
2. Her Hollywood Debut
The crime series that had three seasons, Quantico featured Priyanka as the lead actress. Playing the character of FBI agent Alex Parrish, the star received a lot of appreciation for her performance.
3. Expanding Her International Presence In Hollywood
Making A Mark In Films
After Quantico, Priyanka also bagged roles in other Hollywood films. She starred in Baywatch as the villain sharing screen space Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Zack Efron; A Kid Like Jake opposite Jim Parsons and Claire Danes; a supporting role in Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson. We will now see her next in Text For You with Sam Heughan and Celine Dion.
Diving Into Narration
Priyanka joined ace actors like Keanu Reeves, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, and Idris Elba to name a few, as a narrator in HBO Max’s ten-part series, A World of Calm. Featuring 30-minute unscripted episodes, the celebrities help viewers to relax and destress themselves with the help of calming visuals and narrations.
Did you know that Priyanka co-produced the horror film Evil Eye with Jason Blum (the man behind backing films such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge)? Touted as the perfect amalgamation of Bollywood and western filmmaking, its theme explored reincarnation and superstition in the setting of Indian culture.
On-Boarding The First Time Directors Program
This was a big move for Priyanka and her production company Purple Pebble Pictures, which strives to give a platform to regional films. The actor joined hands with the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group for their First Time Directors program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) and women filmmakers. Celebrities like Idris Elba and Eva Longoria are also a part of the program, which serves as a platform for movies that will help promote female empowerment and women of colour.
4. Owning It (Literally) In The Beauty And Hospitality Space
Venturing into the world of business, Priyanka not only launched her own haircare brand Anomaly but also opened an Indian restaurant, Sona.
The ace actor observed that there are plenty of cruelty-free, vegan and sustainable brands rising in the skincare arena, but haircare lacked in this space. Identifying this gap in the market, she launched Anomaly.
Nestled in the buzzing city of New York, Priyanka launched Sona with chef Hari Nayak. The food represents the actor’s love for Indian food and the flavours she grew up with.
5. Writing Her Own Book
This year, PeeCee released her memoir Unfinished, which takes the readers through her childhood, the challenges she faced while navigating through her career in India, Hollywood and more.
6. Unforgettable Red Carpet Moments
Whether it was at the Oscars, Met Gala, or the Cannes, Priyanka made a strong presence on their red carpets. You can take a look at some of her most iconic looks here.
7. Many Firsts In Her Career This Year
It’s safe to say that 2021 has been a successful year for the star.
She became the first Indian woman to announce the Oscar nominations and was joined by her husband, Nick Jonas.
Renowned cosmetics brand specialising in movie makeup, Max Factor roped her in as its Brand Ambassador, making her the first Indian woman in this role.
Recently, Victoria Secrets announced a huge brand makeover by saying goodbye to the Angels and replacing them with a group of iconic, strong, independent women who each have a stand of their own through VS Collective. Priyanka made the list as the first Indian founding member of this collective.
And let’s not forget her very first BAFTA nomination for her critically-acclaimed movie The White Tiger.
As her journey of global domination still continues, we can’t wait to see what more the actress brings to the table.