Take hold of your life, Priyanka tells girls

Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Never let anyone tell you who you can be, actress Priyanka Chopra told all the girls around the world on the occasion of International Women's Day on Wednesday.

"The one big message I give young girls all around the world and especially young girls in India is… never let anyone tell you who you can be. And what you need to be. And who you should be," Priyanka said. 

The former Miss World, who has been roped in as the global ambassador of hair care brand Pantene, sent out the message through a special video for the brand on Wednesday, read a statement.

Priyanka, who is earning recognition for her work internationally courtesy her American show "Quantico", added that "for centuries girls have been told how they need to act, what they need to wear and what they need to dress like" and it is time for girls to take their own calls. 

"You decide. You figure your future. You decide what is important for you in life," she added. 

Actress Nimrat Kaur also had a message when she quoted poet Maya Angelo and said: "You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise."

With the message, she put out her first look as an Army officer in Ekta Kapoor's new web series for digital app ALT Balaji.