Quantico star Priyanka Chopra’s magazine cover has recently sparked online outrage. The Indian actress was recently slammed for the outfit she wore on the cover of Condé Nast Traveller magazine, which many deemed as downright insulting.
The issue in question showed the actress in a white tank top, with four words written on it: “refugee,” “immigrant,” “outsider,” and “traveler.” The first three words are crossed out with a red strikethrough, though, leaving only the word “traveler” at the bottom. Unfortunately, this was not well-received by most people, especially those on social media.
“Do you even have a clue what it means to be a refugee?” one social media user asked, addressing the Quantico star.
They add that the cover is “degrading.” One even pointed out that Priyanka Chopra (and those responsible for the cover) should “quit romanticizing things” they knew nothing about, such as poverty and being a refugee.
The actress apologized for the cover, saying that the hurtful implications were never the intention of the magazine. She said that most people misunderstood the intended message. However, she did admit that she was genuinely apologetic and felt “really, really horrible” about the fiasco.
She also mentioned that no matter where she came from, it is common for her to be treated as an “outsider” or an “immigrant.” But she felt that those terms are like “political boxes” that restricts each one’s humanity. The point of the magazine cover was to break that box, she said.
It should be noted that the Quantico Star was born in Bihar, India. She moved to the United States when she was 13, but in her childhood, she experienced several relocations across her motherland.
The people behind Condé Nast Traveller issued a statement regarding the cover, as well. They said that when they chose Priyanka Chopra to grace their cover, they had a purpose. They claimed that they made the cover to erase the concept of labeling and to do away with cultural xenophobia.
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