Priyanka Chopra is the first Indian woman to appear on the cover of U.S. Vogue—but many are calling it sexist
Priyanka Chopra has been in the news a lot lately. The Quantico actress and proud feminist recently married musician Nick Jonas in India—and photos of the gorgeous four-day-long celebration kept us awestruck for days. Now, Chopra just became the first Indian woman to ever appear solo on the cover of American Vogue, which is a major accomplishment and huge win for media diversity and representation. However, as happy as many fans are (“You deserve it!” and “Vogue, you just killed it” were among countless positive comments), many are also calling out the magazine’s not-so-great—and unequivocally sexist—headline.
The headline next to Chopra’s photo reads, “Priyanka Chopra on breaking barriers and landing the man of her dreams.
“Landing the man of her dreams”?
As a number of commenters pointed out, this headline does a major disservice to Chopra. She’s an accomplished actress and activist, yet the cover copy seems to indicate that “finding a man” is the most interesting thing about her.
Ironically, Chopra has spoken out about defining women in the context of the men they date in the past. In a May 2017 appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, she interjected when Williams essentially described her friend Meghan Markle as “Harry’s girlfriend.”
"Also Meghan Markle...you know, an actress in Suits, her own achievements. Just sayin'."
We wouldn’t be surprised if Chopra isn’t in love with the Vogue headline either. The cover is a win in so many ways…we just wish it wasn’t marred by such a regressive sentiment. It’s 2018, and we can do better.