“I’m an Indian citizen. I’m here on a visa, America has engulfed me in the best, warmest, biggest hug. I have tremendous love for America.” – Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra, is an actress, producer, singer, and international star but Chopra describes herself as “a small-town girl from a small city in India.”

She moved every couple of years because her father was in the military; at 12, she visited family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and ended up staying to attend junior high.

“TLC and Destiny’s Child were influential to me, so I used to wear the flared jeans, the bomber jackets, crop tops,” she says.

“I turned into that girl.”

After going to high school in Queens, New York, and Newton, Massachusetts, she returned home at 17, harboring dreams of becoming an engineer, but her mother sent in her photos to the Miss India pageant, which she won before going on to win the Miss World title in 2000.

She then took Bollywood by storm starring in many movies and now carving her niche in the west with her critically acclaimed performance in American TV series, ‘Quantico’. She’s now slated to star in several Hollywood movies in the next few years.

TO ME, AMERICA MEANS: “Freedom. It’s really the land of opportunity and a melting pot of the world.”

Source: Marie Claire