Madison Vanderberg
June 28, 2018 1:18 pm

Priyanka Chopra is an actress, philanthropist, and Meghan Markle’s bestie, and now we can add “our dream BFF” to that list. Not that Chopra wasn’t always best friend-status, but after watching her video interview in the first-ever digital issue of Allure, we are obsessed with her. The interview is so life-affirming, feminist, and badass — it should be required viewing.

Chopra cut through the bullshit and got real with the publication about loving yourself, why we fight with other women, and why she insists that everyone reject mainstream beauty standards immediately.

On how we’ve been “conditioned” to feel threatened by other women:

"For eons, we have been told as women that this is what we should look like and this is the standard of beauty we need to follow…[and it’s] because we’ve always been treated as second-class citizens. We've always been told that only one of us can win and only the best one will get the cutest boy and only the best one will get the job, that we spent so much time elbowing each other out of the way, pulling each other down...can we, for a second, love ourselves?"

On actively practicing self-love:

"The next time you see yourself doubting yourself or you look at a picture of yourself and you say, 'Oh my God,' or you wake up in the morning and you say, 'Wow, why do I look like that?' Whatever that instant might be, the next time you do that for yourself, recognize it. Start with just recognizing what you're doing. That's called self-hate, self-doubt, you're berating yourself. I mean, we have enough people doing that to us anyway. Why do we need to do it to ourselves? Love yourself, ladies. You're your best friend."

On training the world to look past mainstream or narrow beauty standards:

"Everyone doesn't look the same way, so the world needs to be trained to see beauty differently. You see so many women, different sizes, modeling, acting, taking their strength, but it's the mindset that needs to change, of society, of men, of people...A woman in a plus-size should not be a check in the box. Or a woman of color should not be a check in the box. Or a woman shouldn't be a check in the box."

She also filmed a deliciously snarky video where she read headlines from ’90s women’s magazines, and let’s just say that we never want to slide back into that kind of editorial ever again.

Ms. Chopra, can we just, like, grab brunch and talk about the patriarchy sometime?

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