Continuing on the trend of exposing my Indian and Persian ... er, preferences, I'm here to bring yet another model from that part of the world into focus. Although, unlike the previous two entries in my ongoing Model Spotlight series, this beauty hardly needs any introduction if you've been paying attention to Bollywood over the past half-decade or so.
Profession: Model; Actress; Singer
Hometown: Bareilly - Uttar Pradesh, India
Accolades: Miss World (2000); Various Bollywood awards for Best Actress, etc.
Current: Filming biopic on 5-time World Boxing champion and Olympian, Mary Kom.
Born to parents who were both doctors in the Indian Army, Priyanka Chopra grew up at various military postings all over Northern India. In her teens, she spent four years living with one of her aunts in the United States, before returning to India to finish out her high school education. Her subjects of interest were computer science and criminal psychology, with a background in the performing arts. By her own admission, Priyanka was a rather gangly and awkward girl in early adolescence, being mostly left alone as the outsider when attending school in the U.S. However, by 2000 she had grown into a remarkable beauty and her mother entered her in the Miss Femina India pageant, where she came in as the runner-up and winner of the Miss India World title. Later that year, she went on to win the top prize of Miss World, which then paved the way for numerous modeling commitments as well as film roles in the burgeoning Bollywood film industry.
Priyanka has also garnered a multitude of acting accolades, most notably for performances in such Bollywood megahits as: Don, Fashion, 7 Khoon Maaf, and Barfi!, a 2012 film in which she portrays an autistic woman who falls in love with a deaf-mute man during the 1970s; a role which would become her most critically acclaimed to date.
It was through my fascination with Indian cinema that I first became aware of Ms. Chopra's existence, but for most people in the Western world the name Priyanka perhaps only recently became familiar when her hit song, "Exotic," reached number 11 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart back in July of this year. Co-produced and performed with rapper Pitbull, there was a time when I would listen to this song at least 5 times a day for several weeks over the summer. It's very infectious, if you feel like checking out the official music video below and finding out for yourself:
These days Priyanka's career is going nowhere but up, up, up! She's currently one of the hottest female celebrities in India in terms of exposure, popularity, and earnings. And much to my delight, I was able to catch her on a recent airing of The Arsenio Hall Show last month, where she was totally charming and engaging--and where she made one dorky super fan's night after a hilarious, impromptu stunt that had me rolling!
My god, this woman is sexy as hell!!! And I love her accent, too! I hope to see much more of Ms. Chopra in the years to come. She has quite the full plate already for 2014, and I will be there day one when her music album debuts. But for now, she will remain the star . . . of my fantasies!
What? A boy can dream, can't he? Literally!