If Priyanka Chopra’s unbelievably awesome transformation from a teenage beauty queen to an international superstar doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. Even her detractors will accept that Priyanka Chopra conquered hearts of her country men with her solid performance, defying the adage that models can’t act but she did not stop there. The Quantico star took her journey ahead as she embarked on world domination! This is no easy feat. With no background in films, PC’s success was most definitely not a cake walk. The woman is pretty much self-made. Every time critics bashed her for some of her personal or professional choices, she chose to let her brilliant work speak for her. And not just India, the whole world understood her language. She is gorgeous but there is so much more to her than just that. She has the world wrapped around her little finger because in the industry filled with pretentious people and fragile egos, she stands out like a pearl in a plain oyster. And that is her strength. According to Priyanka, there is no short cut to fame or success. There is no time to gloat over your success or even indulge in your failure because the show must go on. And one thing you need to give it to PC is that she makes sure she runs her own damn show, all day…every day.
Priyanka’s first brush with showbiz was when she came back from America to India as a teenager and her mother, Madhu Chopra, astutely marked her potential in glamour industry. She had her portfolio clicked and pushed her to participate in beauty pageant. Judging by her first photograph, she looks like any other gawky teen. She sure is raw but you can’t miss that fire in her eyes or the confidence in her gait. She is still not aggressive or a cold ice queen. She is earthy, super sure of herself and funny in her own distinct way. There is something very relatable about Priyanka Chopra and that’s why she can fit into a role of a Maharashtrian Peshwa queen as easily as she transforms herself into a vicious, sultry villain in Baywatch. There are no boundaries that she has not pushed. There is no ceiling that she hasn’t cracked and the best part is, there is so much more in her to give.
As our home-girl celebrates her birthday with boyfriend Nick Jonas, here are some of her photos when she was starting out. Check out her first photoshoot for the Miss World pageant and snaps from her early days a model.