Priyanka Chopra Personal Life
Priyanka has maintained a strong relationship with her family, including her younger brother, Siddharth, and lives in an apartment on the same floor as her family. She was especially close to her father, who died in June 2013; in 2012, she got a tattoo reading “Daddy’s lil girl” in his handwriting. Having not come from a film background, she describes herself as a self-made woman. Her mother, a well-established gynaecologist in Bareilly, gave up her practice to support Chopra as she embarked upon a film career.
A practicing Hindu, Priyanka performs a puja every morning at a small shrine consisting of various murtis of Hindu deities in her home, which she even travels with. Although she is known for her media-friendly attitude, Priyanka is publicly reticent about her personal life. Priyanka started dating American singer and actor, Nick Jonas in May 2018. Jonas proposed to her on 19 July 2018, a day after her birthday in Crete, Greece. Priyanka and Nick got engaged in August 2018 in a Punjabi Roka ceremony in Mumbai. In December 2018, the couple married at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur in traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies. Following the marriage, Priyanka legally changed her full name to “Priyanka Chopra Jonas”.
Priyanka Chopra In the media
Chopra is known in the Indian media and film industry for her professionalism and is popularly referred to by the media and the film industry as “PeeCee” or “PC”. She is also referred to as “Piggy Chops”, a nickname given her by co-stars on the set of Bluffmaster! in 2005. She has had a Twitter account since January 2009, and is one of the most followed Indian actresses on the platform. In 2012, she was declared the most influential Indian on the social-media in a survey conducted by Pinstorm and in 2015, Chopra appeared in HuffPost’s “100 Most Influential Women on Twitter” list, in which she was ranked first among Indians. She is the most followed Asian woman as well as one of the most-followed people on Instagram. Chopra is also the most followed and liked Indian actor on Facebook.
Commenting on Chopra’s selection of roles, CNN-IBN described her “as one of the most powerful actresses in the current lot and someone who doesn’t shy away from experimenting with roles within the realms of popular cinema”. Analysing Chopra’s career, Bollywood Hungama noted: “Despite a career that has seen a constant flip-flop … the performer in her has seen a constant growth with every passing year.” The Times of India called her a “game changer” for changing “the age-old demarcation between a hero and heroine”. In 2012, film critic Subhash K. Jha labelled her “the best actress in the post-Sridevi generation” and listed her character in Barfi! as being “one of the finest inwardly ravaged characters in Bollywood.” Chopra has often featured on Rediff.com’s annual listing of “Bollywood’s Best Actresses”, ranking first in 2009, and was featured in their list of “Top 10 Actresses of 2000–2010”.
Chopra is one of the most high-profile and popular celebrities in India and she is described as a sex symbol and a style icon. Her figure, eyes, lips and exotic looks have been cited by the media as her distinctive physical features. Designers Falguni and Shane Peacock wrote, “She is comfortable in her own skin and looks ravishing in whatever she wears, be it a bikini, short or long dress or even a sari.” She was named “India’s Best-Dressed Woman of the Year” by People India in 2011. The actress ranks high on various listings of the most attractive, beautiful, and sexiest women in the world. The UK magazine Eastern Eye ranked her first on their list of “World’s Sexiest Asian Women”, a record five times (2006, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017). Chopra also topped the Maxim India’s Hot 100 list on four occasions (2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018). In 2015, BuddyTV listed her as the Sexiest Woman on American Television. The following year, she was ranked fourth on AskMen’s Top 99 Women, after having featured on the list in 2012. In 2017, Buzznet named her World’s second “Most Beautiful Women”, after Beyonce. The same year, Chopra was named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful Women in the World. She was again featured in the list in 2019.
Chopra was featured on Verve’s list of most powerful Indian women in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Chopra was featured in The Indian Express’s listing of the most powerful Indians in 2016 and 2017. India Today featured her among India’s 50 most powerful people in 2017 and 2018, ranking highest among the actresses. After her transition from Bollywood to Hollywood, Chopra began appearing in such lists in United States as well, with People featuring her as one of the “Most Intriguing People of the Year”. The following year, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 and 2018. Chopra was twice (2017 and 2018) named one of the 500 most influential business leaders by Variety. The market research firm YouGov named her the world’s twelfth and fourteenth most admired woman in 2018 and 2019, respectively. USA Today featured her in their 2019 listing of 50 most powerful women in entertainment.
Chopra is also one of the highest-paid Indian celebrities. She has featured in the Indian edition of “Celebrity 100” every year since its inception in 2012, ranking under top fifteen each year with the exception of 2018. Chopra was ranked as the highest earning Indian female celebrity in 2016 and 2017 with respective earnings of ₹760 million (US$11 million) and ₹680 million (US$9.5 million), cracking top ten in both years and peaking at the seventh position, the only woman to make top ten in 2017. The global edition of Forbes named her the world’s eight-highest-paid TV actress both years. Chopra is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. She was ranked second in the list of brand ambassadors of 2008 (only after Shah Rukh Khan) in a survey conducted by TAM AdEx. The following year, she topped their list, becoming the first woman in India to do so. Chopra has represented many brands, including TAG Heuer, Pepsi, Nikon, Nokia, Garnier and Nestlé; she was the first female representative of Hero Honda. In 2016, Chopra became the first Indian woman to represent Pantene as its global brand ambassador. In 2017, Forbes reported that Chopra earned at least $1 million per endorsement deal. In 2020, Chopra was one among several Bollywood actors who were called out for posting Instagram messages showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, despite their previous work advertising skin-lightening products which perpetuate colorism. In the past Chopra has expressed regret for promoting such products.
Chopra and three other Bollywood actors (Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Hrithik Roshan) had their likenesses made into a series of miniature dolls for Hasbro and the UK-based Bollywood Legends Corporation. In 2009, Chopra became the first Indian actress to cast a foot impression at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy, and she received custom-designed shoes from the Ferragamo house. Madame Tussauds museum installed four wax sculptures of the actress in 2019 at four locations, including London, New York, and Sydney, which made her the first Indian actor to have wax statues in four Madame Tussauds museums. In 2013, she became the first Indian model to represent Guess, whose CEO Paul Marciano called her “the young Sophia Loren”. The actress became the first Indian actress to feature in a school textbook. Her life is described in a chapter of Roving Families, Shifting Homes, a book taught at Springdales School. The book also includes pictures of her family and the moment she was crowned Miss World in 2000. Two unauthorised biographies of the actress named Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star and Priyanka Chopra: The Dark Horse, written by the journalist Aseem Chhabra and author Bharathi S. Pradhan were released in 2018.