"The turn of the millennium."


Before she was a superstar actor (People calls her the "most successful Indian actor to cross over into the American entertainment industry") and UNICEF ambassador, Priyanka Chopra was competing in pageants, which was how she managed to make a name for herself back in India. Today, on Throwback Thursday, Chopra posted a snapshot from that part of her life, showing herself in full pageant regalia, complete with her sash and a princess-worthy ballgown.

Winning Miss World in 2000 could be seen as the moment that catapulted Chopra into the mainstream. After earning the title, she became a huge Bollywood star and managed to navigate crossover success in America with a role in Quantico. The rest is history — a history that involves Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic and a turn as producer and actor for The Sky Is Pink.

"Miss World at 18! The turn of the millennium ... the year 2000! Wow ... feels like just yesterday I was living this dream," she wrote. "Now, almost 20 years later, my enthusiasm for changing the status quo remains as strong and is at the core of everything I do. I truly believe girls have the power to bring about change if they get the opportunities they deserve. #strivehigher #dreambig."

Chopra has plenty coming up, too, when she's not reminiscing about her days as Miss World. She's set to star in Citadel, a new series for Amazon where she'll be acting with Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden, and rumored to be part of Matrix sequel alongside Keanu Reeves.