A girl from a small town of Uttar Pradesh (Bareilly), who aspired to become either a criminal psychologist or a software engineer, was crowned Miss World in 2000. Nobody had then thought she would grow up to become an actress, singer, producer, philanthropist, socialist, entrepreneur in just a matter of years. But, global icon Priyanka Chopra did it.
But, was this enough to call her a global icon? Probably not. While working in Hindi film industry, in 2015, Chopra struck a deal with ABC thriller series Quantico and became the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series and also the first one to receive a People's Choice Award.
She also established her production house Purple Pebble Pictures producing small budget films and encouraging new talents such as writers, actors, directors, and technicians. While she was working in the showbiz, Priyanka never turned away from philanthropy. She has now been associated with UNICEF. She has worked with UNICEF since 2006 and was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016, respectively. An avid promoter of social causes, she has been actively working for spreading awareness about the environment, health and education, and women's rights, and is vocal about gender equality and feminism. Thus she has all the required qualities to become an Global icon.
Priyanka has always called herself an amalgamation of cultures. In an earlier interview, she said, "Because I stayed in America, and I went to high school here; and stayed in India, and went to school there, I’m an amalgamation of both cultures. I’m embracing who I am. I’m embracing where I’m from. I’m embracing my culture. It’s something I’m doing completely different. Embrace who you are."
There's something generous about her.