Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Source: Instagram | @priyankachopra)
Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Source: Instagram | @priyankachopra)

Two decades in the entertainment industry and Priyanka Chopra Jonas has only gone from strength to strength, no? With each stride of hers — from acting, to entrepreneurship and leadership — she has constantly been an inspiration to every young girl out there and has made our country proud every step of the way.

Well, it’s no small feat being the most followed Indian movie star on social media. With more than 60 Bollywood films to her credit and projects like ABC’s Quantico, Baywatch (2017), A Kid Like Jake (2018) and Isn’t It Romantic (2019) and We Can Be Heroes (2020) in the west, she is a global star now. Her last Bollywood release, The White Tiger also managed to win massive critical acclaim from all across the world.
Not just this, but she has also put India on the map time and again with her work in entertainment, her philanthropic and entrepreneurial activities. And all this she documented in her recently released memoir, Unfinsihed!

Here are 9 times she managed to make us Indians super proud of her:

1. First Indian woman to be on Forbes 100 most influential cover

Unarguably, one of the most successful Bollywood actor to cross over to Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been on the ‘Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List‘ twice in a row. She was the first ever Indian woman to make it to the the prestigious list.

2. Honoured with the Padma Shri for her contribution to Indian cinema

Owing to her success and impressive work in the Hindi film industry, Priyanka Chopra Jonas was conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honour, Padma Shri. Known for putting Bollywood on the global map, PC received the Padma Shri from ex President Pranab Mukherjee back in 2016.

3. First South Asian to grace the cover of Vogue US

Enjoying her professional highs, it was back in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra Jonas became the first South Asian to feature on the cover of Vogue America. The actress was the first Indian woman to be featured on the cover of the fashion magazine.

4. First Indian actress to have won the People’s Choice Award as the Best Actress on Television

Making her way to the top in the west, Priyanka Chopra Jonas became the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award. She won the ‘favourite actress in a new TV series’ award for her role as an FBI agent in the US thriller ‘Quantico‘.

5. First Bollywood actress to be honoured at Marrakech Film Festival

Soon after receiving the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball, Priyanka Chopra Jonas was awarded at Festival International Du Film De Marrakech in Morocco last year. The actress-producer was honoured for her 20 years in cinema.

6. First Indian actress to be an ambassador at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)

Adding another feather to her cap, PC yet again became the first ever Indian actress to be chosen as the Ambassador for 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. The stunner was amongst the 50 filmmakers and actors invited to grace the 45th edition of the event.

7. First Indian actress to cast a foot impression at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy

Priyanka Chopra Jonas became the first ever Indian actress to have her foot impression at the prestigious Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy back in 2010. She even received custom-designed shoes from the Ferragamo house. How cool is that?

8. First Indian actor to have wax statues in four separate Madame Tussauds museums

The global icon became the first ever Indian movie star to have four wax sculptures installed at the Madame Tussauds museum in 2019. Her wax statues are at four different locations, including London, New York, and Sydney.

9. First ever Indian star to announce the Oscar nominations this year

Priyanka Chopra Jonas created history this year as she announced the prestigious 93rd Academy Awards nominations. What made it a lot more special is the fact that PC did the honours with husband and pop-star Nick Jonas.

A global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has always been active philanthropically. In these challenging times of COVID-19, she continues to do her bit for the world and her country. She launched a fundraiser along with Nick Jonas and raised money to help India battle the COVID-19 crisis.

PC has always used her platform and voice to do some great things and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us. More power to you, PC!