Priyanka Chopra has a problem with “shiny, sequinned, over-the-top” Indian saris.
The former Miss World, who was born in India, loves wearing the traditional South Asian draped gown, but prefers it to be chic, rather than garish.
“Saris are my favourite,” the 36-year-old actress told InStyle magazine. “My problem is when it comes to Indian fashion, there are always these shiny, sequinned, over-the-top Christmas-tree outfits. Those are not the saris I wear.”
Priyanka takes style advice from her mother, who was a doctor, and wore her exquisite saris while working shifts at the hospital.
“I grew up with my mother wearing saris to the hospital, as a doctor. She’d wear these beautiful ones made of French chiffon, with a bindi over here,” she said, pointing to her forehead. “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.”
The Quantico star wore the traditional gown when she got married to Nick Jonas in December in Jodhpur.
According to the actress, her mother-in-law Denise Jonas loved her sari so much that she also wore one to the couple’s much smaller wedding reception in North Carolina.
Elsewhere in the interview, Priyanka, who recently declared ambitions to run for political office in her home country of India, shared her ultimate life goals.
“I want to change the world a little bit. My big endgame is creating a formidable career and legacy for myself, but at the same time I want to have moved something,” she added. “I want my existence to have meant something. I want my kids to turn around and be like, ‘Yeah, that was my mom.'”