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Priyanka Chopra talks of her love of Indian fashion and the power of wearing a sari

The actor wore a sari for a magazine cover shoot

Priyanka Chopra has spoken of the power of wearing a saree / AFP / SUJIT JAISWAL
Priyanka Chopra has spoken of the power of wearing a saree / AFP / SUJIT JAISWAL

Priyanka Chopra has spoken of her love of Indian fashion and how she feels empowered when wearing a sari.

The Indian actress, who now lives in America with her new husband Nick Jonas, said she wants to show the world the beautiful Indian saris she grew up wearing, explaining how to her, they embody both “elegance” and “femininity”.

Speaking in an interview with InStyle magazine, Chopra said: “My problem is when it comes to Indian fashion, there are always these shiny, sequined, over-the-top Christmas-tree outfits,” she said. “Those are not the saris I wear. I grew up with my mother wearing saris to the hospital, as a doctor. She’d wear these beautiful ones made of French chiffon.

“And the nape of her neck would smell like Dior’s Poison. That, to me, was a modern woman. And that’s what I want to show the world. Indian designers make such incredible clothes that are inspired from beautiful embroidery and patterns.”

Chopra posed for the magazine’s cover in a backless, champagne-coloured saree. Posting the image to her Instagram account, Chopra said: “Fashion is such an important part of global culture, often arising from centuries of tradition, and doesn’t go out of style when the seasons change,” she wrote.

“The ‘saree’ is one of the most iconic and recognised silhouettes from India. To me, its beauty lies in its versatility, not just in drape and fabric. It embodies elegance, femininity, and power, and I love how I feel when I’m wearing one.”

Updated: June 7, 2019 05:31 PM

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