Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a global sensation. Not just because she is as much a part of the American cinema as that of India, but because she made it to the top from the bottom. Did you know that her career kicked off as a beauty pageant contender and not an actor? Well, the 39-year-old broke glass ceilings as the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant and put forth her beauty, talents and wit for the world to marvel at. How about taking a look at her Miss World journey as the Desi Girl’s alluring existence continues to steal the show. 

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Starting grand

Priyanka Chopra Jonas was barely 17 when she contested for Miss India. It was the first time she walked the ramp, did a photoshoot and went live. It is no secret that she aced it and went on to become the winner, but what sets her apart is her poise and wit that helped her impress the jury. 

The actor later represented India in the Miss World 2000 pageant and experienced her first international victory. Her answer in the final question round left the judges in awe of her spontaneity and sense of compassion. Priyanka Chopra Jonas was asked to name a successful woman living today, to which she responded that while she admired many people, Mother Teresa inspired her the most because of her kindness and compassion. Although her answer was technically incorrect as Mother Teresa wasn’t alive at the time, the judges and the jury were won over.

Here’s when a fashion icon, a philanthropist, and a multi-talented woman was born to walk the earth and inspire a million others who dared to dream. From a small-town girl to a global phenomenon that has become an idol with her iconic red carpet looks, her soulful voice and charitable work, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has redefined going out and grabbing the world by its lapel.