Priyanka Chopra is a movie star, former Miss World, a philanthropist, the wife of Nick Jonas, and she’s revealing that as a teenager she struggled with her self-esteem as a result of racist bullying.
"I was treated differently because I'm brown,” she told the Associated Press. "I had, you know, really racist behavior when I was in high school in 10th grade.”
Priyanka went on to explain that the name-calling and teasing she endured impacted her confidence, saying, “I was called 'Brownie,' 'Curry,' 'Go back on the elephant you came on,' and that really affected me when I was a kid and affected my self-esteem.”
Priyanka is an anti-bullying advocate who has spoken about her experiences while growing up.
Priyanka revealed on "Sunday Today with Willie Geist," “I was very introverted in school, and there were girls who were not, who were extroverted and powerful in their cliques. So, that was hard, I guess, and being bullied by them, it became my first sort of experience and brush with racism in that way. I was made to feel so uncomfortable about the way I looked or where I came from. I started believing that I probably was less.”
Chopra told the AP, “The way we treat people differently comes from cultural, subliminal messaging that has happened over eons. The more we can talk about it and open other people's eyes and say, 'It doesn't have to be that way,' and give them more examples, I guess society will change.”