Even though she’s all for gender equality, Priyanka Chopra understands why people are hesitant to call themselves a feminist.
Speaking with Women’s Health, Chopra, who graces the November 2016 cover wearing a midriff-baring tank and a denim skirt says “feminism’s got a bad name right now.”
“The reputation of feminists has become a bit tainted because people think feminists are man-hating and they berate men, but that’s not really what feminism stands for. Feminism stands for women saying give us the ability to make our own decisions without being judged the same way men have for so many years,” she tells the magazine. “We want the freedom to be able do and be as we like.”
“It’s a great time to be a female actor in global entertainment right now because there are parts that are being written for women which are so progressive,” the Quantico star continues. “A woman is not just a sidekick to a guy anymore.”
Chopra also says the key to life is maintaining a good balance. For the Former Miss World, it’s all about staying fit, but also not denying herself of life’s simple pleasures.
“You don’t have to starve yourself. I love having my pizzas and burgers and buffalo wings, on the side, for sure. But I like staying fit as well,” she shares. “My favorite way of staying in shape is staying active. I think that’s most important. You don’t have to kill yourself at the gym, you don’t have to starve yourself. You just have to eat healthy, eat right. Life is just really fast-paced. To be able to find ways of being healthy within that is a smart way to do it.”
“People always say you should listen to your body,” Chopra continues. “But I don’t listen to my body. My body listens to me. I can’t afford to be sick or low on energy. It’s mind over matter: I’m going to have a good day, and not in that fake ‘Happy girls are the best girls!’ way. Identify the weaknesses, shut them in a box, find your strengths, and run with them.”