Priyanka Chopra has apologised for modelling a top for a travel magazine cover that was criticised for being insensitive towards refugees and migrants.
The Bollywood actress wore a top with the words “migrant”, “refugee” and “outsider” crossed out and the word “traveller” highlighted in a photo that was used on the front cover of Conde Nast Traveller.
Chopra was accused of belittling the plight of migrants.
Both the actress and Conde Nast were criticised over the “privileged” message, with many pointing out that being a refugee was “not a choice”.
Conde Nast told the BBC their intention was to highlight labelling of people.
Chopra told India’s NDTV news channel “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.
“The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels.”
Conde Nast also put out a statement in which it stood by the cover and tried to clarify the intention behind the photograph.
Explaining that it believed in a “world without borders” and “had a point to make”, the statement said: “We must recognise that we are all on a journey.
Whether we are moving across oceans or just a few kilometres, or in our mind’s eye, into a completely different world, whether we are doing so due to free will or circumstance – we are all travellers.”
The magazine cover, which was tweeted out by Chopra earlier this month, almost immediately caused outrage in India, with many saying that it was inappropriate, especially in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.
“The lack of choice in removing one’s home and hearth from the familiar to the alien is one fraught with heartbreak and the feeling of being cornered.
“Very different from picking out the next attractive destination on your bucket list, and surfing through Airbnb for that perfect place to park oneself,” read an opinion in the Huffington Post.