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Priyanka Chopra's Baywatch outfits reflect her inner 'badass'

Baywatch costume designer Dayna Pink has given the lowdown on the new movie’s outfits.

Priyanka Chopra channelled her inner "badass" through her Baywatch wardrobe.

The 34-year-old actress stars in the movie remake of the hit 1990s TV show as Victoria Leeds, the owner of a private club who is suspected of drug smuggling.

Unlike the rest of the swimwear-clad cast, Priyanka is often seen wearing glamorous gowns and dresses throughout the feature, which costume designer Dayna Pink ensured reflected her alter ego’s true persona.

“She was very high-end, very fancy,” Dayna told Pret-a-Reporter. “She's so beautiful and so easy to dress. We wanted to make her kind of badass. She doesn't see herself as a villain, she sees herself as the hero who's saving the day. I like the idea of seeing her in white at first. She's kind of crisp and innocent and fresh.

“It isn't until the end when she gets super dark and that ending dress, when she's on the barge, we made to fit into the action...”

Dayna turned to high-end stores such as Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus for Priyanka’s pieces, though she had a whole different approach for the men of the movie.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays lifeguard leader Mitch Buchannon, who Dayna describes as “king of the sea” with his own special looks on camera.

“His fabric was a little different as well - he had stretch,” she noted. “The other guys did not have stretch. The silhouettes are a teeny bit different; the trunks are longer than they were in the original and there's an athletic vibe as well.”

Despite the modern twists, Dayna made sure to keep the iconic Baywatch red in the costuming, picking a tone that complemented the tanned, oiled skin of the cast as well as the sandy beaches.

“I thought of that deep, deep ruby red and a gold zipper, but it's a matte gold. To me, that combination was amazing,” she smiled.

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