Breakout star Priyanka Chopra is lighting up red carpets with her colourful gowns, creative beauty looks and general joie de vivre. Here’s how she does it
Priyanka Chopra on her best looks
She’s made her mark on North American TV and red carpets in the past two years, but Priyanka Chopra has been a superstar in her home country of India since 2000. There, she successfully transitioned from winning Miss World to acting in almost 50 Bollywood fi lms.
For the Quantico lead’s next act, she’ll be appearing in the muchhyped Baywatch fi lm coming this summer. “It’s going to be a really funny movie, and I can’t wait to unleash it onto the world,” says Chopra, who watched the original show religiously growing up. The actor also recently joined Pantene as its latest global ambassador— a fitting gig since she’s an avid shampoo proponent. “I wash my hair nearly every day now, because I love the feeling of fresh hair,” she says. Read on for Chopra’s red carpet prep.
Do you have any pre-red-carpet
rituals? “I do, actually: It’s called a cheeseburger. It’s true! Red carpets are really long and people don’t realize that. They’re two or three hours, usually in the sun, and you don’t get food, so you’re starving! I always try and line myself up with a massive cheeseburger before I go, because I love cheeseburgers, and it gives me energy. Then I’m not craving food four hours down the line.”
You’re always switching up your
red carpet hair looks. Why? “I first put on the dress and then I see what works. It’s really important to complement what you’re wearing with your hair. That’s why I like to switch up my red carpet game. I try and tell a story with the entire look, which is hair, makeup and wardrobe.”
Are there any looks that you would never try again on a red
carpet? “Oh my God, yes. I’m not going to remind the world of them. Less is more—I cannot stress that enough. There were red carpets where I went [dressed up] like a Christmas tree and I’ll never do it again.”
What’s your main goal when
you’re dressing for an event? “I think it’s very important for your personality to shine through, rather than what you look like. Everyone’s going to be dressed in gorgeous clothes and everyone’s going to be looking their best. I think you stand out when your personality stands out, when people can see who you really are. By that I don’t mean waving your arms around and asking for attention; I mean that you’ve got to let people see you.” What was the most fun part about working on Baywatch? “Playing an antagonist in the fi lm. It’s a part that was originally written for a man—I think that was an amazing win. My character is a little ostentatious and over the top. It’s so much fun. Nobody will understand this, but playing an evil bitch is really great because you never get to do it in real life.”
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