Badass women: 4 May 2017

Hats off to Priyanka Chopra, Priscilla Samey, Lili Reinhart, Amaiya Zafar and a group of strong Indian teenage girls

By Lydia Chan | Published: 4 May 2017

Badass women 4May17
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Priyanka Chopra
From starring in drama series Quantico to her upcoming role in the big-screen adaptation of Baywatch opposite Dwayne Johnson, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra is proof that Asians are so much more than stereotypical roles. In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, she shared her secret on getting the roles she wanted.

"I said, you know, 'I'm not gonna settle'... I did not want to be the stereotype of either Bollywood or what Indian actors are [usually offered]. The exotic, beautiful girl, or the academically inclined nerd. And I wanted to play a lead.... And I'm playing an FBI agent on Quantico. I didn't settle for less," Priyanka said.

She also dealt out some real-world advice to aspiring actresses, saying "We're told we're too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but that's not the only thing we have." Preach it, Priyanka.

Priscilla Samey
This American teenager is helping to redefine what it means to be an independent woman. For her high school prom, Priscilla Samey found herself dateless but instead of waiting for a boy to take her, she took her Harvard University acceptance letter to prom instead. Who needs boys when you've already been accepted to six other Ivy League universities like she has? Priscilla tweeted a picture with her 'date' and of course, the post when viral. Now this is #relationshipgoals.

Lili Reinhart
Lili Reinhart is fast on her way to becoming a Hollywood favourite. The blonde beauty plays Betty Cooper on new television series, Riverdale but of course, with fame comes haters.

Just Jared reported that a Twitter user attempted to body shame the actress. In a series of now-removed tweets, the person said that when you Google search Lili's name, the first response that shows up is 'Lili Reinhart body.'

"I love you but I also can't stand to see you look so unhealthy and be happy with it. It'll outshine your talent," the user continued. We don't know what this person's talking about since Lili looks anything but unhealthy. Not to worry; the actress herself aptly responded with this tweet:

Amaiya Zafar
Amaiya Zafar made history as the first hijab-wearing person to fight in an official USA Boxing match. Previously, the teenager had not been able to compete in matches under the national organisation due to the strict uniform guidelines that mandates sleeveless jerseys and shorts. However, last month, USA Boxing offered her an exemption from their rules, allowing her to finally compete.

Although the 16-year-old didn't win the match, she has still inspired many and told reporters, "Stand for what you believe in. Don't let arbitrary rules stop you from something that you love."

These Indian schoolgirls who helped drag a broken-down bus up a hill
Encapsulating the meaning of girl power, a group of Indian schoolgirls were photographed helping to drag a broken-down bus up a muddy hill. As if that's not impressive enough, the roughly two dozen teenagers, believed to be students from the Waikhom Mani Girls' College in Manipur, seem to  have taken on the daunting feat in their uniforms and slippers. The picture was first posted on Twitter and has since garnered praise from all over the world for the sheer teamwork.


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