Priyanka Chopra says Condé Nast cover misconstrued, apologizes for hurting sentiments

The actress said she felt horrible knowing people were hurt, but defended the magazine’s intention.

Mayur Lookhar

Priyanka Chopra has apologised to all those who were hurt by her controversial magazine cover for Condé Nast Traveller magazine, which was deemed offensive towards refugees. The actress, though, said the intention of the magazine was misconstrued. Chopra had worn a top which struck out the words refugee, immigrant and outsider, leaving the word traveller. 

Speaking to news channel NDTV in New York, Chopra said, “The magazine had a point of view, they were very clear [about] what they were addressing. They specifically got this made and implored me to wear it. They were addressing xenophobia which is a big issue around the world.”

The cover, however, was deemed insensitive towards refugees. Apologising for the cover, Chopra said, "I’m really apologetic about it. So many sentiments were hurt. I’m someone who always stands for no labels. I’m always for people being able to do what they have to do, when they have to do, without putting them into a box. I was really affected, I felt horrible, It was never the intention.”

Chopra defended the magazine’s intention. "The point was misconstrued. The point that they wanted to make was actually something good. When people are moved out of their country because they are thrown out of their homes, whether it is Europe, America, or anywhere in the world, they are looked at very differently. It was not their choice to have moved out,” said the Quantico star. 

“Politically, words have been used to put them into a box, to profile them, and the magazine’s idea was to break that [stereotype]. In retrospect, I do feel bad about it,” she said.

Speaking about refugee children, she said, "It was about giving those children the ability to live their life without being given any tags or labels."

Last week, the magazine issued a detailed statement apologising to all those who felt hurt, and assuring that it always had the right intention. The magazine said the cover was all about breaking walls and busting labels such as refugee, immigrant and outsider.