Priyanka Chopra recently shared a photo on Instagram from the days before she found fame on the global stage of the beauty pageant, Miss World.
The 38-year-old actress and model captioned her photo by describing herself as “lean, mean and all of 17,” as she shared the throwback to her teenage years.
The photo was taken in her native India — in 1999, just a year before she was crowned Miss World 2000.
The young Priyanka Chopra is standing confidently on the black-tiled floor in front of a cream background, modeling a pair of bootcut-style black trousers, paired with a stylish black jacket and sleek black sandals as she smiles straight towards the camera.
Her voluminous dark hair falls casually around her face and shoulders with a slight wave.
After winning Miss World, Chopra’s popularity grew in India, and she starred in several Bollywood movies, including The Hero: Love Story of a Spy.
She later moved to the US, where she had spent some time as a teenager due to her father’s job with the Indian army, and starred in Hollywood hits including Quantico, Baywatch, and most recently in 2019 — the fantasy romance Isn’t It Romantic, alongside Rebel Wilson.
In 2019, Chopra married Nick Jonas and has recently spoken about how she has managed to spend more time with her husband over the last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
She has also said that she wants as many children as she can with her husband, Jonas, who is ten years her junior — although the couple sees their age gap as an “adventure… not a hurdle.”
In February this year, Chopra will release her autobiography, Unfinished, which she referenced in her recent throwback post on Instagram by using the hashtag #Unfinished.
She recently shared a picture as a little girl that will be featured in the book and his this emotional caption: “#TBT to little Priyanka. This is a photo from the album in my upcoming book. I used to love following my dad around the house dressed in his Army uniform. I wanted to grow up and be exactly like him. He was my idol. My dad encouraged my sense of adventure. Even as a little girl…” I was always out exploring, looking for adventure, trying to uncover something new. My urge was to do something that hadn’t been done before, to discover something that no one had found yet. I always wanted to be first.” That urge drives me every day, in every single thing I do. #Unfinished.”
She has previously said she feels nervous about the release of her new book, as she speaks about some difficult experiences from her life.