Last week Priyanka Chopra caused a stir with her cover shoot for the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveller, which featured her wearing this tank top:
Many called the shoot out for being offensive and inappropriate, arguing that by equating refugees with carefree travellers and holiday makers, Priyanka was minimising the plight of refugees across the Middle East.
This week, while speaking to NDTV, she apologised.
“I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt,” she said in an interview. “I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued. The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels.”
After backlash against the cover shoot picked up on social media last week, Conde Nast Traveller issued an apology ahead of Priyanka, attempting to explain the cover by saying: “We must recognise that we are all on a journey.”
On her part, Priyanka insists that the cover was misconstrued. “I’m sorry people saw it like that and they saw it on me,” she said.