Priyanka Chopra said she was bullied as a kid, and it’s painfully relatable

It’s hard to imagine that a woman who can walk a red carpet in a custom Ralph Lauren trench coat gown with what looked like a mile-long train was the type to have low self-esteem as a kid. But in Glamour’s June cover story of the Quantico actress, Priyanka Chopra said she was bullied as a kid and had some major confidence issues. Her popped collar on the Met Gala red carpet Monday night was a good reminder that whatever insecurities a person might have when they’re younger can go away.

Chopra was so badass that, as a kid visiting her cousins in America one summer, she convinced her mom to let her live with an aunt and uncle and go to school there (having lockers and seemingly easy classes were a big draw). So she moved to the United States and did her best to fit in. Everything went fine until she ran into a bully who made her life so bad, Chopra went back to India.

"I think she didn’t like me because her boyfriend liked me, or some high school dynamic. She made my life hell. She used to call me names and would push me against the locker. High school’s hard for everybody, and then there’s this woman. I asked my mom, “What do you think about me coming back? She flew down and picked me up.

*Swoon* Moms are heroes.

Chopra went through so much of the typical (but horrible) stuff that most of us can relate to.

The mean girls also made Chopra feel like crap about her appearance. Before 15 years old, she said, “I had a lot of self-esteem issues. I was very conscious of the color of my skin. I was very conscious of being, like, a super-gawky, skinny teenager.”

Chopra also said that was so self conscious she even tried skin lightening products once upon a time  when she was really young in India since there, you’re considered prettier if you’re lighter. “No dude, I’m like dusky,” Chopra told the interviewer who confused about whether or not Chopra’s skin color was fair or not.

Chopra said she even did a commercial for a skin lightening product in India once.

"I was playing that girl with insecurities. And when I saw it, I was like, “Oh shit. What did I do? And I started talking about being proud of the way I looked. I actually really like my skin tone.

As she should be! It’s not easy putting up with mean girls and getting comfortable in your skin, even as an adult sometimes. Kudos to Priyanka for reminding us that it can happen to everyone.