Priyanka Chopra apologized days after her cover led for Conde Nast Traveller Indian magazine to indignation, on Monday. The Quantico star featured on the cover of the October edition of the magazine wearing a white t-shirt with the words, “REFUGEE”, “IMMIGRANT” and “OUTSIDER” crossed out in red, leaving only the word “TRAVELLER”.
On October 7 “Condé Nast Traveller” tweeted the cover photo with the tagline “Bold and fearless, @priyankachopra makes a statement on our sixth-anniversary issue cover, #WhyWeTravel”. The message on her t-shirt flashed a burst of criticism on the microblogging site Twitter, with users accusing Chopra of denigrating the dilemma of refugees forced to leave their homes.
Baywatch star Priyanka Chopra – who was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people and is an ambassador for the UN children’s agency UNICEF – said the message was aimed at addressing racism and had been misunderstood. “They magazine company especially got this t-shirt made and beseeches me to wear it. They said they were addressing racial intolerance which is a big issue that is happening,” Chopra told media. “So their idea was that. And I bought into it, I guess. And I am really, really apologetic about the fact that sentiments were hurt. The point the magazine wanted to make was actually something good.”