Whether you were once a Disney Channel fangirl who was hot for the Jonas Brothers or just know what’s relevant in pop culture, you’ve probably heard of Priyanka Chopra. The 36-year-old actress, model, and humanitarian is an international celebrity whose career has spanned over 18 years. Since being crowned Miss World 2000 when she was just a wee lass of 18, Chopra rose to fame as a beloved Bollywood actress in her home country of India. Her work outside of Bollywood cinema, along with her status as a global activist, has made her a relevant figure all around the world.
In recent months, her once-contained private life became the leading headline of every tabloid, when she began publicly dating her now-husband, Nick Jonas. The couple’s December 2018 nuptials felt like a more colorful and less Eurocentric Royal Wedding (a winning combination, no doubt).
But Priyanka is more than just an ageless beauty with a new husband. With a career full of achievements in charity and entertainment, Chopra shows promise as a tenured celebrity beloved by people at every corner of the world, so you might as well learn more about her. Here’s everything you need to know about Priyanka Chopra.
Early life of Priyanka:
Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar, located in the northeastern region of India. Her parents are Ashok and Madhu Chopra, who both worked as physicians in the Indian Army. Her maternal grandmother was Smt. Madhu Jyotsna Akhouri, a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, and her grandfather, Dr. Manohar Kishan Akhouri, was a former Congress veteran (a prominent political party once led by Mahatma Gandhi).
Chopra also has a younger brother named Siddharth, and her cousins are the notable Indian actresses Parineeti Chopra, Meera Chopra, and Mannara Chopra. A family of legends, no doubt.
Her first visit to the United States:
Though her father’s work in the Indian Army meant lots of moving around India throughout her childhood, Chopra eventually made her way to the States when she was 12 years old. What started as a family visit to Iowa turned into enrolling in junior high and staying in the U.S. until she was 17, when she returned to India in hopes of becoming an engineer (no spoilers, but engineering didn’t work out).
Priyanka’s philanthropic activities:
A longtime advocate for aiding underprivileged children, Chopra began The Priyanka Foundation as a nonprofit for chronically ill children around the world, to provide customized care and reduce stress for their families. In 2013, she donated $70,000 USD to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai in order to build a cancer ward in honor of her late father, whom she was incredibly close with.
Chopra has received the Indian honor of a Padma Shri, and was honored as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2016 for her achievements as an international humanitarian and all-around superstar.
Priyanka on the social media:
She’s not only on social media—she owns it. With over 32 million Instagram followers and 24 million on Twitter, Chopra isn’t afraid to flex on us with her stunning fashion sense. And while she probably doesn’t mean to rub it in, Chopra constantly breaks the heart of every girl who once had a Jonas Brothers poster on their wall by sharing pics featuring her new brother-in-law Joe Jonas and his bride-to-be, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.