Priyanka Chopra Jonas opens up about feeling pressure to be 'sample size'

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas opens up about the pressure to be perfect. She says it has taken her time to come to terms with her natural skin and natural hair texture.

In an interview with Telegraph's Stella Magazine, the former pageant queen admits she has not always been confident in her body.

"In the past, I always felt pressure to look a certain way. I have been raised by unrealistic beauty standards my whole life —we all have," she tells the UK magazine.

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The former Miss World was always trying to keep up with the idea of perfection.

"Growing up, I believed everything had to be perfect, skinny or sample size and airbrushed. It has taken me time to come to terms with my natural skin and natural hair texture," she says.

The pressure to live up to beauty standards meant that she needed a professional make-up artist for every interview she had. But in recent years, all that has changed as he has opted to do her own.

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"I am now comfortable in my own skin, and I can work with brands that are about individuality and expressing yourself," she says.

Last month, in an interview with VS Voices Podcast, she revealed that she has previously received backlash for gaining weight, referring to that period as a "dark phase in her life". 

"I went through struggle because I used to get grief from people like, 'you are looking different, you are ageing,' this and that. It messed up my mind at the time," she adds.

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