Priyanka Chopra, the 31-year-old Bollywood star and former Miss World adds yet another amazing accomplishment to her name. Hand-selected by Paul Marciano, Guess’ president, she will star in in the new Guess campaign, which will premiere in the December issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, Paper, Marie Clare, Elle, and WSJ Magazine. Notably, she’s the brand’s first-ever Indian campaign model. Being the “Guess Girl” helped launch the careers of Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith, and past models have usually had a blond/blue-eyed Brigitte Bardot look.
“I’m like their first brown model,” Chopra tells Women’s Wear Daily. “For a global fashion brand, for them to move their campaign into a global space, for me it’s an honor.”
“Being the next Guess girl was something that I would have never thought of, but when I met Paul [Marciano], he was like, ‘You’re it. It has to be you.’” she adds.
Chopra is not yet a household name in America despite being wildly famous and successful. In 2000, at age 17, she became the youngest person ever to win Miss World; she went on to star in several of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time and win enough awards to fill a very long Wikipedia page; she has an album coming out on Interscope Records next spring (she’s already released a single with Pitbull, titled — sigh — “Exotic,” which has over 17 million views on YouTube); and she’s a longtime advocate for children’s rights and the education of girls — she was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child’s Rights in 2010. She also used to write a column for the Times of India.
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