Priyanka Chopra doesn’t work out or diet: ‘I have genetically blessed Indian genes’


As we discussed last week, Priyanka Chopra was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. These are photos of Chopra attending the Time 100 event in NYC earlier this week – she looked absolutely gorgeous in this white suit by Olcay Gulsen. This is actually one of the best white suits I’ve ever seen! So crisp and classy. Anyway, Priyanka is getting a lot of attention these days because of her role in the hit show Quantico, and because she was cast as the villain in the Baywatch movie. She’s already chatting about Baywatch, and she ended up admitting that she didn’t do much to fit into a swimsuit for the film.

#Blessed. Priyanka Chopra claims she doesn’t have to diet or exercise to maintain her svelte frame. The Quantico star — who is appearing in the Baywatch remake with Zac Efron, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kelly Rohrbach — told Us Weekly at the Time 100 Gala in New York City on Tuesday, April 26, that she hasn’t joined her costars in the gym because, well, she doesn’t have to.

“I’m actually not a big fan of working out,” the 33-year-old said. “I have genetically blessed Indian genes where I don’t need to train, but Kelly Rorhbach has been trying to convince me to train with her, and every morning when she tries to get me to go with her, I’m just like, ‘Oh, can I just get a half an hour more sleep?’ Or I say my tummy’s hurting and make excuses. But they train like beasts! I just try and hide out with my burger.”

The meat-loving actress added that she doesn’t diet either. “It’s bad. I know,” she told Us.

[From Us Weekly]

I too am “genetically blessed with Indian genes,” only my genes mean I have great hair, thick thighs and some weird “problem areas” in my midsection. My point? Not all Indian genes are the same! And I feel better about myself when I work out and I can’t believe that Priyanka doesn’t have to do ANYTHING. She doesn’t diet, doesn’t work out. It’s sort of refreshing to hear a celebrity woman say that, although I wish she would acknowledge (just for me!!) that all of the genetically blessed Indian women are not the same!



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  1. V4Real says:

    She gets it form her mama…

    This woman is beautiful; I would so make out with her.

  2. perplexed says:

    She’s not really toned, so one level I can believe she doesn’t train as hard as, say, Cameron Diaz or Jessica Biel. And her face doesn’t look like that of an athletic person. But on another level, she is in Hollywood, and the hi-def cameras will show every imperfection if you don’t (though maybe she has height to help her out). Because she’s in Hollywood competing with other beautiful but, more importantly, slim toned people, I would think she’d have to exercise on some level. She’s 33, but we’ll probably have to check back with her when she’s older.

    Aishwarya Rai claimed not to work out either (although her claim seemed less weird since she’s in Bollywood, and I don’t think they care if you have Jessica Biel’s body. They’re not less shallow, but more interested in other beauty “ideals”).

    • missmerry says:

      I feel that way about myself, in that I’m not ‘fat’ or ‘big’, but I’m not toned and in certain light, it looks worse or better.

      I also hate working out. I know it’s supposed to make me feel great, but I always feel awful, like I’m going to faint…but that’s probably because I need to do it more…

      Here’s to more hiking this summer…

      • qwerty says:

        You just gotta find the type of exercise you enjoy. You’re not doing yourself any favours forcing yourself to do exercises you don’t like. I used to think I didn’t like to work out and then I discovered body weight fitness – yoga mixed with planks, squqts, etc and I’ve been able to stick to it for a few months… this wouldn’t work with aerobics for me cause I hate it. There HAS to be something out there you’ll enjoy.

    • Beth says:

      I don’t believe the diet part. She might not have as strict a diet as some stars, but she’s a mother in her 30s. She isn’t eating burgers every day.

      • bucketbot says:

        I didn’t get the “she’s a mother in her 30’s” comment. She is not a mother. She has never even been married.

      • qwerty says:

        Being a mother won’t make you fat. Finishing up your kids’ chicken nuggets is what does it.

    • Missy says:

      I somewhat believe her as well. In her show Quantico, her character is supposed to be an athletic marvel – always running, doing push-ups and pull ups, martial arts, etc. It’s a bit of a disconnect because I don’t think Chopra is capable of those things in real life. She has a naturally good figure, but she really doesn’t look that strong, toned, or athletic. Beautiful woman and body of course, but she’s probably not someone that works out like a beast.

      • perplexed says:

        I think her neck might give away that she’s not someone who works out much. People who work out a lot seem to have necks that look smoother for some reason. I could be wrong, though, and anyone can feel free to correct me.

      • Kitten says:

        THAT’S what she’s from and now I know why my BF was all gung-ho about Quantico lol. I knew there had to be some pretty lady in it 😉

        Is it any good BTW? BF said it’s worth watching.

      • Bridget says:

        That drives me crazy about Agents of Shield as well. One of the characters is supposed to be a total badass, but has not only zero muscle tone, but terrible hunched posture. It would be nice if women in strong, action roles could actually have some muscles.

      • Missy says:

        @Kitten Lol! I must admit I’m with your boyfriend on that – I totally watch it because I have a girl crush on Chopra. She’s just so pretty! Quantico is like a poor man’s Shonda Rhimes show (it’s vaguely reminiscent of How To Get Away With Murder), but the execution isn’t as great. I enjoyed the first few episodes, but it kind of derailed into chaos mid-season. If minor plotholes and unrealistic-ness are a deal breaker for you, I’d definitely avoid watching. It’s not going to wow you with how intelligent it is, but it is pretty entertaining.

        @Bridget That really is my pet peeve! I really want to see more kickass women on television, but for the love of God, make it believable! Don’t just cast a hot girl and call it a day. Sigh.

      • Bridget says:

        I’m not trying to shade Priyanka specifically here, and as long as her bosses are okay with how she handles the physicality of her job, that’s where her responsibility lies. But I just would like to see actual strong, physically capable women represented more, instead of TV trying to continue on with the fallacy that you can be strong and kickass with literally no muscle tone.

      • Katie says:

        @kitten…EXCELLENT show!! My favorite new show this season

    • CornyBlue says:

      She is in Hollywood with hi def cameras so she has to look toned now because Bollywood uses handycams to film their films

    • Sabrine says:

      Her neck looks like it is aging fast. She’s not so genetically blessed in that area.

  3. realitycheck says:

    Her nose has changed dramatically since I saw her winning miss world. It’s a shame, she should have kept it.

    • minx says:

      That’s what I was going to say, too.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      There were pictures of her in her teenage years on Buzzfeed recently, and a lot on her face has changed since then, and not in the “I lost baby fat” kinda way.

      • mp says:

        yes, i was looking at some comments on dlisted and they were also mentioning how dramatically she has changed, and that it looks like she has done something to her skin (to look whiter?)

    • Jules says:

      Along with her lips…….

      • Robin says:

        Seriously, what is up with her lips? They look ridiculous. And I don’t believe her when she says she doesn’t diet or exercise. Anyone can say anything they want. Doesn’t mean it’s true.

  4. tegteg says:

    I find it SO annoying when celebrities say this…. Oh, I don’t work out or diet EVER, now let me go eat my burger. Yeah, right. I find it hard to believe that every celebrity has some magical metabolism, Priyanka included. She may not work out, but she sure as hell isn’t eating burgers and pizzas every meal, I can guarantee that. I bet 90% of her meals are lean meats and veggies, which is what most people would do on a diet. UGH.

    Sorry for my rant, this shiz just makes me roll my eyes so hard. :/

    • Kitten says:

      Ugh me too. She is stunning-don’t get me wrong-but the “I’m genetically blessed! I eat pizza and meat and don’t work out at all and I just naturally look like this!” crap makes me want to punch a wall.

    • Eve says:

      @ Tegteg:

      Signed in just to agree with your comment.

      You took the words out of my mouth. Almost every single one!!!

      • Capepopsie says:

        Hi Eve!

        Glad to see you!
        I got to agree with you.
        So annoying when people
        Go “no diet, no work out”.

        Just not true! I’d be the size
        Of a hippo if I lived like that,

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah. Incredibly annoying. And I don’t believe it one bit.
      And how is it refreshing? It’s the go to answer for 90 % of starlets when they’re asked how they keep in shape.

    • Mgsota says:

      One of my oldest and dearest friends, we’ve known each other since the second grade, has always been thin. I’ve never seen her work out and basically she eats fries and burgers and shakes and whatever she wants. She’s had two kids and is almost 41 and is still thin. I’m not saying she’s healthy or in shape, but she looks great in clothes and in a bathing suit.

      • Kitten says:

        We all know people like this. I have two friends who are naturally skinny and couldn’t gain weight if they tried.
        When asked, they say “this is just my body type” they don’t say “I’m genetically blessed and can eat whatever and not gain weight!!” because they have self-awareness.
        They know how annoying it is for people who struggle with their weight to have to listen to that sh*t.

      • Mgsota says:

        It doesn’t annoy me! Yeah, I’m super jealous but when people say “I don’t work out and I love to eat food”, it makes me appreciate them…lol! Instead of people that work their ass off in the gym 6 days a week and eat salads all day every day, those are the people that get on my nerves! Doesn’t make sense, I know. I guess their determination and will power annoy me because I don’t have it. I’ve always struggled with my weight and I know what I need to be doing is working my ass off in the gym and eating right…but that just sucks! I have more in common with the other people…I’m just not “genetically blessed” like they are.

      • perplexed says:

        Some of the people who say they don’t work out don’t realize we can tell though. That’s why I think it’s hilarious when they say it. The lack of muscle tone will show, even if they are slim. For a regular person, this is no big deal but for actresses we can see the difference when they stand next to someone else. So if I were a Hollywood actress I’d actually be reluctant to tell people I don’t work out — someone is bound to say “Yeah, it shows!”

      • Kitten says:

        @Mgsota-Yeah that does seem weird to me.
        I admire discipline and hard work so I respect the people who make fitness and health a priority. People who do nothing to stay thin, well….they do nothing to stay thin. I mean, good for them and all but nothing to admire there.

        @Perplexed-Yes and to add to your comment the body types in Hwood that I most admire are the J Lo or Danai types and of course female athletes like Venus or Deena Kastor, etc-the women who are toned and athletic-looking and who clearly work for it. I get that this is totally subjective though… just my preference.

      • Mommy phase says:

        That’s true. I’m a quarter Indian and except for the typical indian boobs, for the first half of my life, i was skinny despite wolfing food down like there’s no tomorrow. But just wait til the perimenopause mid forties come..then the second phase of that blessed (flabby) Indian genes will hit. Like a ten tonne ghee drenched biryani come back to roost right in the tummy and saddlebags region. So I do believe she may be naturally slender for now, but exercise and good nutrition will always be the better option for health and strength even if aesthetically you’re already in the zone like PC.

      • Bridget says:

        Don’t forget, some people may not work out but may be really active during their day. Just because you’re not at the gym or going for a run doesn’t mean that you’re not moving.

      • Mgsota says:

        @Kitten I don’t admire them, I just relate more to the non-gym, pizza eating people. If they’re able to stay slim in-spite of that…good for them.
        I have a dear friend who goes to body building competitions, she’s 42 with three kids. She’s always been a fitness nut. I admire the hell out of her, she works hard for the body she has…just people like her make me feel so lazy…my problem obviously, not theirs. Friend 1, let’s order pizza and watch a movie, yes! Friend 2, lets go for a workout and have a kale smoothie, I roll my eyes.

      • Kitten says:

        @Mgsota-lol yeah it makes sense to me when you explain it that way. If it makes it any better, I’m a health nut who works out like crazy so I can eat pizza and cookies (two of my major vices).

        Incidentally, the BF and I went to the North End (Italian neighborhood here in Boston) and got a fig, prosciutto and mascarpone pizza last week. It was AMAZING.

        Anyway, you and I could still hang out and have pizza, but I’d have to go running the next morning 😉

      • Bridget says:

        Replace mascarpone with goat cheese and you’ve got me. Though I’m actually not a big pizza eater, so it has to be one of those thin, fancy ones.

      • Mgsota says:

        @Kitten…Oh yum…that pizza sounds ah-mazing!! I wish I could be a gym rat, I really do. I’ve just never had the motivation! I like to swim, but most other exercise is torture for me. BUT…I just read a study in USA today that says 1 minute of exercise is just as good as 45 min…maybe there is hope for me yet! I can definitely commit to one minute of exercise! Lol!! And I’m sure that study is totally legit. 😉

    • perplexed says:

      I think her claim that she’s eating burgers while actually filming Baywatch is a bit odd. I can believe that she might eat those burgers BEFORE or AFTER filming, but the camera is going to be on her body in a swimsuit and she’ll be compared to the other actresses when the film is premiered — I don’t think she’d want to eat those burgers DURING filming.

      • Jwoolman says:

        She didn’t say how big a burger or what it was made of.. It could be a Gardein vegan slider (which are very tasty, by the way). 🙂

        Burgers and pizza are not actually incompatible with maintaining a proper weight. Depends on how much you eat at once!

      • perplexed says:

        “She didn’t say how big a burger or what it was made of.. It could be a Gardein vegan slider (which are very tasty, by the way). :)””

        True, that’s a good point.

        It’s the way she phrased the tone of her statement (the “genetically blessed genes”) and the way the article said she was meat-loving that probably made me erroneously think of a “non-diet” burger.

    • Bridget says:

      Thank you. And it’s still fairly recent that stars aren’t trying to maintain the fiction that “I don’t really work out or diet” or “I just do yoga a few times a week” or the dreaded “I just chase after my kids”. It’s as though there’s this idea that it’s unattractive for a woman to admit that she works hard.

      • perplexed says:

        I admire people who say they exercise every day (or however many days a week with a few rest days in between) because I think it takes discipline and consistency to perform like that.

      • sanders says:

        Well Priya is from India, she hasn’t gotten the memo that saying you don’t work out or eat whatever you want is no longer de riguer among hollywood starlets.

        Also I do think those bollywood stars, though thin, are not as thin as holly wood actresses. The beauty ideal is not the same.
        Health wise, obviously it’s important to work out and eat properly but I don’t think that translates to super thin body frames you see in Hollywood.
        To me this is more about aesthetics and what is considered to be the beauty ideal, which is subjective.

      • Bridget says:

        One thing I’m going to point out is that she’s on a show about FBI agents, which likely has stunt work and a physical aspect. I’m surprised if she’s not doing any sort of training at all, as this stuff would be a part of her job.

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s a lot of pressure on women in the media to be incredibly thin but to pretend that it comes so naturally that they’re just pounding burgers and it’s really no sweat. Heaven forbid that they let people know that they work for it. And that’s on the industry, not on the individual women.


      Ok, not to be THAT girl, but I’m like that too…or used to be 🙁 It’s not impossible. I get a little uncomfortable when people here insist that any woman who says that is a liar and a scammer. What’s even worse is that even women who are honest about restricting their diet are ridiculed (ie Posh Spice) so women just can’t win.

      Anyway, I’m learning the hard way that eating junk just because you can is not the smartest idea. I can already tell that my crappy eating habits are gonna come back to bite me. I used to roll my eyes at people who told me it wasn’t gonna last forever. I’m turning 25 this year and I can already see my body changing.

      • perplexed says:

        I don’t think its impossible when you’re under 30. A youthful metabolism definitely helps.

      • Isa says:

        Perplexed- I know someone the same age that eats like a teenage boy and is still 115 lbs.

        Meanwhile, I’m over here with my boiled eggs trying not to look at her doughnuts so I don’t gain 5 lbs.

      • Kitten says:

        Just to be clear: I never said it was impossible, my point was merely that it’s a slap in the face to women who struggle to lose weight.

        Commenters around here have talked about thyroid issues, medication, childbirth, and a myriad of reasons why they’ve struggled with weight and I just think it’s kind of annoying when women feel the need to point out that it’s effortless for them. I probably sound oversensitive but I’m really protective of people who struggle with weight issues. I can’t help it.

      • Bridget says:

        Technically nothing is impossible. But likely? Not so much.

      • Egla says:

        I have been 45 kg at 166 cm all my 20. I ate whatever i wanted. I mean my sister used to gain 5 kg per season when i had my exams because she was eating like me and i managed sometimes to lose weight because of stress. No cellulites, no fat rolls and of course no boobs. THEN the 30 came. I started gaining weight soooo slowly that when i checked myself i saw 56. It looked good on me but it was there to stay. Now IF i want to loose weight i have to starve and move a lot. The good news is that i don’t go past 62. The bad news is that it goes all around my waist and ass. The best news is that i don’t show my age in my face. I could pass for 28 or younger ( i am almost 36) if it wasn’t for my 11 between my eyes. And my boyfriend of 28 thinks i am the best in the whooole world (so no worries here for now)

    • Little Darling says:

      Why is it always a burger? Why can’t a celeb be like, now let me just dive back into this disk of Brie. Or like, I laugh at those working out fools while I eat a whole pie of pizza to myself.

      I refuse to believe these celebs EAT ONLY BURGERS!

      • Isa says:

        Y’all, she’s had a toaster strudel, half of a totinos pizza, and a Capri sun for breakfast.

        I’m gonna go eat my avocado and cry.

        I hate avocado. 😩😭

      • PrincessMe says:

        lol @ disk of Brie.

    • lucy2 says:

      It bugs me because usually the ones who say “I never work out, pass me the pizza!” are inevitably soon featured in some women’s magazine demonstrating their workout routine.
      It’s just like the ones who declare they love their bodies and are happy with their curves, but then lose a little weight and gladly go on the cover of Us Weekly to show off their trim new figure.

    • kennedy says:

      100% agree!

      Also, she definitely has to train to some degree for Quantico.

      As an Indian woman, I can say that those Indian genes are mostly great skin, great hair, and great eyebrows! Indian women tend to be more petite but we are definitely not all the same size.

      I roll my eyes very hard to Priyanka. I think she’s a terrible actress. But I’m glad to see an explosion of South Asian talent on television right now. I don’t relate to Priyanka at all but definitely relate to Kaling and Aziz Ansari.

      • Sana says:

        Totally agree with you and there is no way that Priyanka doesn’t work out and still maintain a great figure. She has been a model since her teens and was crowned Miss World in 2000. During the beauty pageant, she got a lot of flak for saying the most influential living person to her was Mother Teresa( who had long passed on at that time), she also famously quipped she won the Miss World title because of her ” Indianness” ( whatever that means). Glad to see things haven’t changed much in past 16 years. Lol lol lol

  5. HollyG says:

    I am side eyeing this with every muscle in my face. I too had “blessed genes” that allowed me to keep my weight down for years with “cigarettes” and “diet pills.” Then I “hit 40.”

  6. HK9 says:

    I always give these kinds of comments the side-eye since it’s usually not true. She’s a beautiful woman, but do I believe her-no.

  7. Lisa says:

    lmao @ “the meat-loving actress.”

  8. paolanqar says:

    Many celebrities pretend not to diet or workout and then who do admit it do it just because it’s fashionable and they can make money out of it.

    • Eleonor says:


    • caitlinK says:

      Exactly. I don’t see what’s “refreshing” about a female celebrity boasting that she doesn’t watch her diet at all or work out; it’s actually quite typical of actresses/ models to claim this. I find it extremely annoying—and VERY spurious. (I also don’t think she is beautiful—there are SO many gorgeous Indian women, but she’s not one of them, imo.)

  9. Maya says:

    The most beautiful Indian woman I have ever seen is Deepika Padukone.

  10. Cee says:

    One of my best friends doesn’t work out at the gym and eats whatever she wants and she is actually slimmer than Priyanka, so yeah, I can believe this coming from her. She’s not toned and might wear spanx to help her out.
    Sometimes genes are a blessing, sometimes a curse (I need to work out to actually stay in shape, it’s horrible! Darn my genes.)

  11. vanessa says:

    why is it so hard to believe ? im am exactly like her, i can eat two kebabs every day for lunch and i won’t still gain anything.

  12. lisa2 says:

    I would love to know the secret some actresses have that they are not asked about their diets or exercise routines. I don’t get it. She is a beautiful woman. And genetics plays a part in everyone. Some people don’t have to diet and exercise. They can eat what they want and don’t gain weight. I have never been that person. Wish I was. My brothers are that way. And I have friends that can do that. But damn it is just life and why is it the main topic of conversations.

    I don’t know much about her. It would have been nice to read something outside of the usual.

  13. Jean Grey says:

    I can believe her, even though she sounded a a tad snooty saying it. I’m 39 and I only just recently started working out at home regularly because I want more muscle tone. I’ve never had a gym membership in my life. My metabolism has always been supersonic and was always hungry and eating high calorie meals cuz I hated being skinny.. Even after gaining a forced 45 lbs during pregnancy (because my doctor told me I was too skinny) I shed the baby weight in less than 2 months. I’m kinda tall so that just made it more obvious. I’ve always had thick thighs and a big butt, but my arms and legs are long and slim and my waist is snatched so I’ve never had to put too much effort into working out or dieting. I definitely believe her.

  14. Des says:

    To give Priyanka her due, this has been her line for years and her Bollywood costars have always mentioned that she likes to eat. Two of her costars started calling her Piggy Chops (it’s meant to be endearing) because of it I think. But I’m sure she has a nutritionist if she doesnt have a trainer.

  15. Starkiller says:

    Eh, I believe her. I’m not saying she doesn’t have a good body, but she’s not extremely ripped or toned.

    Some people just can’t/don’t gain weight. I’ve struggled to crack 100 lbs my entire adult life (I’m only 5’1, so that’s not as bad as it sounds). There’s also the matter of how weight is distributed–she doesn’t really appear to have any “problem areas”, so if she does gain anything it probably distributes very evenly (whereas if I manage to gain anything at all, it goes straight to my stomach…everything else stays flat as a pancake).

  16. PrincessMe says:

    I don’t understand why people think not dieting equals eating burgers everyday. I don’t “diet” (in the traditional sense of the word, since anything you eat is your diet) but I don’t eat burgers everyday. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want but I don’t want burgers and fries everyday (who the hell does?). I eat until my body tells me it’s full, then I stop (whether the food is finished or not). I don’t exercise because I’m too lazy to do that and it doesn’t mean that much to me, honestly.
    So yep, I can believe that she doesn’t diet or work out. Maybe her natural diet contains the things that are necessary for her body to function and she indulges when she pleases. It’s not that groundbreaking.

    • perplexed says:

      I think it’s the fact that she’s claiming not to train while working on a swimsuit movie that’s probably eliciting a somewhat cynical reaction. I’m not very disciplined with exercise (compared to what I’ve seen and read what other people do, including on this board), but if I were working on a movie called Baywatch where I’d be filmed running in a swimsuit on a beach with Hi-Def cameras I think my vanity would definitely get the better of me and push me to go to the trainer, not matter how slim I might be.

      If her vanity isn’t getting to her in the Baywatch situation, then she is super confident, that’s for sure. I think she’s filming with Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson, and while they are men, I still think that would spur me on to go to the trainer.

      • PrincessMe says:

        I take your point, perplexed. I just googled “priyanka chopra swimsuit” and the couple pictures where she’s wearing a bikini, she doesn’t look very “toned” to me, just normal – in most of the pictures she’s wearing a one-piece. Maybe she’ll start working out if the want her to get more defined abs, but right now, I can still believe that she doesn’t work out.

  17. CornyBlue says:

    She absolutely works out and diets lol. No one stays that skinny eating what they want and not working out. Stop selling lies.

    • vanessa says:

      lol meet me or people of my family and you will definitely change your mind. Like we are all skinny and we eat like crazy.

    • Egla says:

      I agree on one thing though she MUST be doing something, swimming, yoga. It’s not the skinny part it’s the toned part. No way she has no cellulites there in the backside. You can be skinny but you can’t have a pert derrière while running on the beach in a swimming gear without doing something. Nop. I know this for a fact.
      And i must add that there are other things that this actresses do. You should hear the stories of some SPA what they offer to do for you. And some works.

  18. Celeste says:

    B*** please…

  19. ela says:

    I am with you, Kaiser. My blessed Indian genes have given me thunder thighs, a pot belly and bat wings.

  20. Tanya says:

    I have those genes; I’m naturally tiny. I don’t diet or exercise. BUT (and this is a big one), I also don’t eat burgers and pizzas all day because my body would rebel. If I eat too much crap one day, I crave fruits and veggies the next. I think it’s partly genes, but also that growing up with a non-western diet without access to processed food means the link between my brain and my stomach didn’t get distorted. I don’t overeat because I can’t, not because of any sort of willpower.

    • Kitten says:

      This is the common connection between all my “effortlessly” thin friends: they have a natural ability to know when they are full. My ex-BF is the same. He’s 38 and still the same thin guy he was 15 years ago. Yes, part of it is genetics and his natural frame (his dad was built naturally fit like that as well) but I always notice that while he’ll fill his plate with food, once he gets to a certain point, he’s just done. He stops eating, even if there’s food left on his plate. He just knows when he’s satiated and doesn’t need any more food.

      I’m a fit person (who works for it) but I’m also the type to eat food just because it’s there, you know? I also notice that people like you tend to eat more slowly, while I’m the type to wolf sh*t down.

    • PrincessMe says:

      Likewise Tanya. If I’m full, I can’t eat anymore – even if I have 1 bite left, I leave it. I drives my husband crazy but that’s just me. I also don’t eat a lot of fast food, but I don’t obsess about what I eat and if I feel like eating something, I’ll eat it.

  21. me says:

    All Indian women are different. She can’t say it’s “Indian genes” because as an Indian woman myself I can tell you none of us are alike. We don’t all have tiny waists and perfectly sized thighs. We are not known for being one similar group…we are known for being quite diverse.

  22. Sarah01 says:

    Oh please! Their careers are dependant on the way they look and being fit is one of them.
    This ” I wake up this fabulous” attitude is quite annoying.
    Genes can only take you so far.

  23. Elle says:

    Any competent medical doctor will tell you that you should exercise and eat sensibly — lower cancer rates, lower heart disease rates, less chronic pain, better memory, on and on. It’s frustrating to see this “if you look good that’s all that matters” attitude being prompted. Jennifer Lawrence does a lot of it, too. It’s good to be accepting of different body types, but every human body needs nutritious food and regular exercise to function optimally.


      Yeah I’ve noticed that with some starlets. They seem to associate exercise with being “high maintenance” and or shallow. Cool Girls eat burgers, salads are for dumb, shallow girls.

      Flawlessness without effort seems to be the ultimate male fantasy. What’s a starlet without being a male fantasy?

  24. Robin says:

    Such a humblebrag. WTF with “Indian genes”? There are over a billion people in India. Are they all genetically blessed? And does her genetic blessing include plastic surgery, lip fillers, and tons of makeup?

    • teacakes says:

      In my experience, Indian genes are usually a blessing in one department – great hair, and lots of it (including body hair). This is the first I’ve heard of someone claiming they make her naturally thin.

  25. Grump says:

    I call bullshit on this.

    I lived in India on and off for three years around the time her Supermodel movie (or whatever it was called) came out. She was all over the gossip magazines and she shrunk dramatically over those 3 years. Her face changed a lot as well, and her skin lightened.

    Whether it’s technically a diet/exercise regime or not, I don’t know, but she, like most big actors, radically altered her appearance as she came more and more into the spotlight. And by ‘radically changed’ I mean, actually, conventionally changed- thinner, lighter, more typical features. Also, she’s definitely changed her age, by at least 5 years, because she was 29/30 way back then, and apparently she’s only 33 now. Magic numbers!

    • teacakes says:

      If she’s knocked five years off her age, she must have done it while I wasn’t looking because when she won the Miss India/Miss World title in 2000, her profile said she was 18 years old. That’s consistent with being 33/34 now.

      • Grump says:

        See, I remember, several years ago, reading that she was 21 or so when she won Miss World, now media says she was 18.
        I mean, it doesn’t matter, and I could be wrong and misremembering, but I think it is a definite possibility and falls well within the ‘adjust appearance and image for marketing purposes’ standard that celebrities adhere to.

      • teacakes says:

        @Grump – I was old enough to read the articles about her back then, and all of them said she was 18 (this stuck in my head because I had a conversation with a friend back then who specifically noted Priyanka and Dia Mirza’s – the other runner up for Miss India – extremely young ages for the time).

        If she was fudging her age, she must have started before Miss India because she has been constantly in the public eye ever since, and there’s no way suddenly shaving 4-5 years off her age would not draw a few bitchy comments from Bollywood columnists.

      • Grump says:

        Oh, well, I must be wrong then! Funny how the mind works. Maybe I think she looks older than 33 and I reconfigured her birth dates 🙂

    • Swethaa says:

      Yes. That’s true. I am Indian. All of us Indian girls don’t have these “genes” she has. But here she is known as much for her plastic surgery as her acting skills, which surfaced in that supermodel movie you mentioned. (Fashion was the movie name). It is sad that many Bollywood actresses are going the plastic way, especially when they are between 25-30 years. But that’s partly because the Bollywood lady’s “shelf-life” is low and she is out by the time she hits 30.(There are a few exceptions though)

      • Grump says:

        Yeah, and I don’t know how to interpret “great Indian genes” because, in a country of 1 billion people, with such a wide variety of ethnicities, people tend to look pretty diverse!

        Although, as a jealous white person, I must say that every Indian I’ve ever met has better hair than me. SO MUCH BETTER. That seems to be a very accurate stereotype (although, it may just be that I have terrible hair!!).

  26. Magnoliarose says:

    She’s a beautiful woman but something was bugging me about her comment after I read it. I believe her that she’s naturally thin but I get sick of people equating thin with good health or beauty. I too have thin genes but that only means I don’t gain weight easily and that I’m lanky. It doesn’t mean I’m healthy or fit or pretty.
    I run, swim and do yoga and Pilates because I want to be healthy, strong and fit. It helps beat back PMS depression which I’m prone to and in general lifts my mood. I like how I feel mentally and there’s something therapeutic about it for me.
    I became a vegetarian because I had digestive problems and dairy free for allergies and vegan for ethical reasons.
    Maybe since I’m in my 30s and if I ate differently and didn’t exercise I’d be bigger. Idk.
    I will say it forever: the focus should be on health and not weight or clothing size. Plenty of thin unhealthy people have no strength or fitness at all. All they are is thin. Period. It doesn’t make you immune to health problems and disease.
    I actually appreciated when Taylor Swift admitted she has to watch what she eats because it’s her truth. She’s not claiming to be fit and toned just ’cause.
    One of my friends from childhood is 5’7 and wears a size 10. The only way for her to be thinner is if she lived a life of deprivation and worked out like an elite athlete. She just gave that crap up several years ago. She works out some and eats healthy enough and that’s all she is prepared to do. She’s healthy and fit enough for her liking and is happier this way.
    Women always have to explain or justify our physiques. Why isn’t Tom Hiddleston or Ben Affleck asked these same questions? Seth Rogan please spill your secrets! It’s just another way of reminding us that our looks are more important to society than our brains or achievements. Another way to put us in our place.

    • teacakes says:

      Yeah. And we’ve seen this play out over and over again, and actresses openly speak up about it (Scarjo on the first Avengers press tour getting annoyed about being asked whether she wore underwear with her catsuit while the guys get asked about character development….)

      It’s really such a poisonous message.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        It is and it is difficult to articulate this properly. Once weight is mentioned and size we fall through the rabbit hole. I actually think it’s rude to ask someone about it but they can’t seem to stop.

    • Emily C. says:

      Someone who is 5’7 and wears a size 10 is thin.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I think so too but she was always pressured to be thinner and decided to stop trying to force her body unnaturally. She quit her dance company and dancing altogether. I should have made that part clearer.
        She was miserable and is doing something else now. It was hard to give up something she had worked for since she was a child, but it wasn’t worth the rejection and harsh criticism that was often bordering on verbal abuse.
        The dance world can be even crueler than modeling. A dancer sacrifices years to become good enough to be professional only to be told you are too fat. Not that you aren’t talented, but you are 25 lbs overweight.

  27. perplexed says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t turn down free personal training offered by the movie studios. If I don’t have to pay for it, and if you can tell me how to do it and can motivate me and force me out of bed at whatever hour, then I’d be more than willing to take that trainer from Priyanka Chopra.

  28. NOLA says:

    She’s a beautiful woman. No question about it. But as far as Quantico goes – she’s a terrible actress. Maybe that’s why I’ve been having a disconnect – her character is supposedly this athletic marvel. Top of her class. Smartest; best athlete; best at everything. And I just don’t buy it

  29. Tara says:

    She is gorgeous. It’s good to see Indian beauty represented. Some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen are Indian.

  30. Veronica says:

    A beautiful woman humble-bragging about her looks. How pedestrian.

  31. Stacey says:

    Yeah right. No 31 year old looks like that without serious exercise and diet

    She probably has 3 personal trainers and a chef

    she is stunning (great nose job) but keep it real girl

    • Jayna says:

      That’s not true, and I had a couple of friends to prove it. But one was beyond genetically blessed. She might have worked out here and there,but not in any meaningful way. She had a great ass with zero cellulite. She had a baby by the time she was 32. And we went over to the coast to spend the day and invited my friend and her husband and child to meet us, who lived in that town. My sister said, are you insane with her body? I had a cute figure but nothing like her. She has a three-year–old, and she shows up in a thong bikini, and even I couldn’t take my eyes off of her body. Not one ounce of cellulite. Perfect thin thighs, great ass in her thong, and boobs still high (hers were natural), flat stomach, great arms. And my friend loved all kinds of food and never deprived herself of anything, but obviously wasn’t an overeater either.

      I always had to exercise to keep a cute figure and watch my food intake.

  32. OTHER RENEE says:

    Yup, that was me too. Til I had my daughter. It was all different after that.

  33. raincoaster says:

    I don’t think there’s ANYTHING refreshing about it when a celebrity lies about this stuff.

  34. Dinah says:

    She isn’t as superior as she apparently thinks.