Gap makes diversity a priority in new campaign

With a simple white T-shirt, Gap is making a big statement about the power of diversity.

According to Glamour, the retailer unveiled their “Bridging The Gap” campaign this week  in an attempt to “[celebrate] diversity and [champion] optimism through a lighthearted song and dance, directed and styled by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.”

But Enninful didn’t create the campaign alone — in fact, Glamour says he recruited an all-star cast to help, which included the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Maria Borges and Yara Shahidi, among many others. All wearing versions of Gap’s famous white T-shirts, Glamour reports the crew “all came together to sing the 1976 song ‘Sunny’ by Boney M. as a united front,” showing off both their individuality and their unity.

Speaking on the importance of the campaign, Chopra said in a press release that Bridging The Gap’s message of finding unity in diversity could not come at a more opportune time.

“‘Bridging the Gap’ is exactly what the world needs right now,” she said. “The most important one for me is empowering women; women need to be given an opportunity to stand on their feet and do the best they can for themselves.”

Check out the fun and inspiring video in its entirety here, and learn more about the campaign here.

 

Chopra shifts focus in ‘Wendy’ interview

Who someone’s dating should never outshine the things they’ve achieved — that’s what Priyanka Chopra implied in an interview on The Wendy Williams Show this week.

According to Marie Clairethe Quantico and Baywatch star used her time on Williams’ purple couch to remind the morning talk show host that dating someone doesn’t overshadow their accomplishments, even when that person is dating a royal. When Williams asked Chopra about friend Meghan Markle (who is dating Prince Harry), Williams referred to Markle as “Prince Harry’s girlfriend,” says Marie Claire. 

Chopra responded to the reference by reciting her friend’s resume: “Also Meghan Markle, actress, Suits, her achievements,” she said.

Here’s to maintaining an identity beyond a relationship!

Chopra not ‘bonded’ to traditional female roles

Quantico‘s Priyanka Chopra is tired of being asked to play the pretty love interest of a film’s hero. She instead wants to be the hero.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Chopra told Complex magazine that although she’s been asked to play a Bond girl in a forthcoming James Bond film, she has no interest in such a role.

On being asked to play the part, Chopra told the magazine, “I get that all the time … But f— that — I wanna be Bond.”

While Chopra wants to play a protagonist, current films lack such roles for females. According to a study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that “females comprised a paltry 12 percent of protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2014.”

But the number of such roles for females has only gotten worse: “the latest figures represent a drop of three percentage points from 2013 and a fall of four percentage points from 2002,” says Variety.

Besides mentioning her desire to take on the traditionally male role of James Bond, Chopra  also discussed her current role on the Baywatch movie, in which she plays Victoria Leeds — a “bad guy” role she said was initially written for a man, according to EW.

The film, which debuts May 19, 2017, will allow Chopra to dive into a role that she’s longed to play. “I wanted to play a bad guy for a really long time,” she told EW in a previous interview. “And I’m doing that in Baywatch, so I’m excited.”

 

To read Chopra’s full interview with Complex, click here.

She Leads, You Follow: Oscars Edition

The film industry’s best and brightest were honored at the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28. But while the award shows paid tribute to the performances of Hollywood’s most talented actors and actresses, the red carpet beforehand recognized their impeccable fashion sense. Although the red carpet was filled with designer looks, there were a few that stood out among the rest.

Hollywood’s leading ladies came out to the Dolby Theatre in high style, and Priyanka Chopra was no exception. The “Quantico” actress wore a Zuhair Murad gown, says E!Online, with a semi-sheer skirt and white floral appliqué scattered about the bodice and skirt. Accentuating her waist with a silver belt, Chopra completed her look with a silver frame clutch and diamond jewelry.

Adding a punch of color to the red carpet was Charlize Theron, who presented at the awards in a bright red Dior gown, according to E!Online. Featuring a plunging neckline with split straps, the actress filled in the negative space with a long diamond necklace. The back of Theron’s gown was equally as stunning as the front, cut in a low V that ended near her lower back.

Delivering another all-white ensemble was “Carol” star Rooney Mara, who took her turn on the red carpet in a what E!Online says is Givenchy number. Done in an all-over lace appliqué, Mara’s gown featured a diamond-shaped cutout at the waist and a thigh-high slit. Mara completed her look with a bold lip color and a slick updo.

Saoirse Ronan walked the red carpet in a deep emerald gown with all-over beading, says E!Online. The Brooklyn star’s Calvin Klein Collection number opened up her neckline with its deep V, while it’s rich color made her eyes pop.

Although these ladies are dressed for the film industry’s biggest night, there are certain things we can take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. White out – Chopra and Mara prove that an all-white outfit is not a blank slate, but instead a statement piece in itself. But what makes their gowns masterpieces? The floral appliqué on Chopra’s gown creates visual interest over its nude, semi-sheer underlay, while Mara’s gown features intricate lace that cascades into a soft train. All of these features combine to create intriguing, visually appealing garments. If white leaves you yawning, try pieces with interesting details such as lace, faux leather, beading or even tonal prints (prints that share the same color as the background color of the garment). All of these things will create variations in texture within the garment, which will in turn create a visually appealing look.
  2. Point it out – There are certain things within a garment that can act as a pointing device, and as Theron’s, Mara’s and Ronan’s gowns show, such devices can take the form of a plunging neckline or a cutout. Ronan’s and Theron’s deep V’s open up their necklines, drawing our attention upward toward their faces. Mara’s dress, which features a diamond-shaped cutout in the center of her waist, which serves to not only show a peek of skin, but also to draw out attention to her tiny waist. When shopping, look for pieces that include interesting necklines, cutouts or even seaming that can direct attention to the areas that you wish.

 

Chopra’s the ‘Choice’

As if being the first Southeast Asian actress to star in a major network’s drama series wasn’t enough, Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra claimed yet another title to add to her already-growing list: becoming the first Southeast Asian woman to win a People’s Choice Award.

According to Mic, Chopra expressed her gratitude for the award this way: “It’s my first year in America … and to come to another country, and actually to get this kind of acceptance, I guess [is] what America is all about. Thank you all for accepting me.”

Although Chopra is seen as a trailblazer for women and people of color, the actress sees herself a bit differently. When an interview with the Los Angeles Times in October if she sees herself as “‘breaking some boundary,'” Chopra said, “I believe we’ve created borders with too many colors … Entertainment is entertainment, cast the right person for the job. Let’s get beyond looking at each other for where we come from.”

Explaining the importance Chopra’s People’s Choice Award win, Julie Zeilinger of Mic says that her victory is especially meaningful given the dominance of the film and television industry by white males:

“Hollywood studio senior management is 92% white and 83% male, according to a 2015 Women’s Media Center report. On screen, women still only accounted for 12% of protagonists and 30% of speaking parts in 2014, according to the same report, and actresses of color fared even worse: White people fill lead roles more than twice as often as people of color, and 17% of films failed to include speaking black characters at all.”

While Chopra may think otherwise, her win solidifies her a dominant female figure in the television industry, and hopefully signifies a shift toward more diversity in Hollywood.

Congratulations, Priyanka Chopra!