You should probably know who Priyanka Chopra is. Not because you’ve seen her face on billboards across whatever city you’re living in, promoting her new show Quantico. And not because that face is a mesmerizing amalgam of seductively oversized features (lips, eyes, dimples, etc.), which is to say totally unforgettable.
I hope the rest of the world finds me interesting enough to discover, too.
No, you should know who Priyanka Chopra is because she’s famous. Remarkably, almost ridiculously famous. Since winning the Miss World pageant in 2000, Chopra turned to acting (and, later, singing) and launched a career that’s been more-or-less unparalleled outside of a small cadre of global superstars: think J Lo, Madonna or Beyoncé.
Chopra is one of the most popular Bollywood actresses of this or any time. She’s one of the highest paid in the history of Indian film. She has roughly 11 million Twitter followers. She is, arguably, the most famous person known to a full 1/7th of the world’s population. To think that she’s only just breaking out to a mainstream North American audience is, frankly, a full-on travesty.