Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, has caused tensions to rise after featuring Bollywood and American television actress Priyanka Chopra on their India Edition cover wearing a controversial tank top.
Conde Nast's cover star for the October-November period, Chopra, is pictured wearing a white top with the words “Refugee”, “Immigrant”, “Outsider”, and “Traveller” listed. The first three words are crossed off the list.
The magazine and Chopra have faced backlash from the public with many believing the cover makes light of the refugee crisis by suggesting that being a refugee is a choice.
While both Conde Nast and Chopra have apologised for the offence they’ve caused, both stand by the cover. Conde Nast published a statement in response to the backlash, defending the cover which was meant to “make a point” by expressing a “world without borders”.
"I'm really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued,” Chopra tells Indian news broadcaster NDTV.
"The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels."
Chopra who won the Miss World pageant in 2000, has been a Bollywood icon for over 15 years. She currently stars in ABC America’s television series Quantico.