Actor Priyanka Chopra who has carved a niche in Bollywood and Hollywood expressed her gratitude towards her mother for making her believe in herself and also insisted people to give their best and instill confidence.  The Bollywood star posted a loving picture of her with her mother on Instagram and wrote an inspirational message.

“As cliched as it may sound, my mother is my #GirlHero. She is a feisty woman that came from a small town, who ran away from home to pursue her dream job. She was a doctor in the armed forces, has over eight different medical certifications, is a certified pilot and she speaks nine languages!… She’s also an amazing mother, daughter, sister, wife, business partner. She’s the one who taught me that I could be anything and everything I want to be. And that’s why she’s my #GirlHero. It’s so important to inculcate that sense of confidence in the girls around you…”

The 35 year old actor wrote on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.

As Priyanka Chopra is known for speaking her mind when it comes to feminism, she shared her definition of feminism.

”Feminism is not about berating or hating men or disliking or trying to make sure we’re better than men,” said Priyanka, in an interview with an international magazine. “Feminism is just saying give me opportunities without judging me for the decisions that I make, the same freedom that men have enjoyed for so many centuries. Feminism needs men,” added Priyanka.

Talking further about how her father encouraged her to opinionate freely, Priyanka said, “I was raised to be fearless when it came to opinions. My dad always used to tell me, ‘Women are always told to say this is the right way to be or this is the right way to dress or this is the right way to speak’.”

Speaking about how people take a step behind when being called as feminists, she said, “I see so many girlfriends of mine who are like, ‘No I’m not that much of a feminist.’ I don’t even understand that. The need for feminism was created because there were no rights for women. That’s why there is not a man-ism because they always had it.”