Priyanka Chopra was born in India, but the former Miss World pageant winner and actress spent her teenage years at high school in America. 

The 36-year-old, opened up about her unpleasant experience, that she believes was rooted in her skin color. 

She told the AP: [“I was treated differently because I’m brown. I had, you know, really racist behavior when I was in high school in 10th grade. I was called ‘Brownie,’ ‘Curry,’ [told to] ‘go back on the elephant you came on,’ and that really affected me when I was a kid and affected my self-esteem.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . my self esteem.)

Chopra attended schools in Massachusetts, Iowa and Queens. She has previously spoken out about her tough teenage years, telling the International Business Times in 2012 that she was “gawky” as a child. 

“My life was an epitome of imperfection. I’m not perfect like (fellow Indian actress and former Miss World winner) Aishwarya Rai, beautiful, stunning,” Chopra said at the time. “I was a gawky kid, had low self-esteem, came from a modest middle-class background, had white marks on my legs, but the only thing I knew was to work hard and learn. I didn’t know how to act or win a beauty pageant,” she said, adding “But I was damn hard working. Today, my legs sell 12 brands.”

She has hope for high school children of the future, she said. “The more we can talk about it and open other people’s eyes and say, ‘It doesn’t have to be that way,’ and give them more examples, I guess society will change,” she told the AP.