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Priyanka Chopra's tomboy transformation

Priyanka Chopra didn't think she'd do well in the Miss India competition as she'd never worn heels before.

Priyanka Chopra went from being a tomboy to a “pretty, feminine thing” as she hit her teenage years.

The Indian actress first made a name for herself when she was crowned Miss World in 2000, before she embarked on a Bollywood film career. Her latest accolade is becoming a fully fledged Hollywood star, after being cast as baddie Victoria Leeds in the upcoming Baywatch movie.

Before her beauty pageant victory though, Priyanka, 34, wasn't into glamour.

“I left from the time I was 12 to 16 (to study abroad) and when I came back I had grown into this pretty, feminine thing, from being a tomboy with scratched out knees,” she smiled to Flaunt magazine.

Priyanka started her pageant career by winning the local May Queen title, before coming second in the Femina Miss India competition. The entry to the contest came about accidently, after the actress and her mother were spotted by a professional photographer as they took pictures for a scholarship programme. The photos he snapped were put forward by her mum, landing her a spot in Miss India. She quickly went on to win the Miss World title.

“I just wanted to skip my pre-boards (which are our prep exams for our major exams in 12th grade), and I just never thought I’d win,” she recalled. “My mom didn’t think I’d win. Nobody thought I’d win - I had never even worn heels in my life!

“But I did, and after that I ended up winning Miss World.”

Priyanka is now a permanent fixture on the showbiz circuit, and has become a red carper regular. Her role in hit TV series Quantico also means that she's in high demand for magazine editorials, with recent features in Vogue India and America’s InStyle magazine.

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