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Priyanka Chopra's Style Mantra Is for All of Us: 'If You're Not Confident, You're Never Going to Be Sexy'

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She may be new to American TVs with her show Quantico but Priyanka Chopra has officially hit her stateside style stride. She’s been knocking out her red carpet appearances in sexy-meets-stylish looks and now, she’s gracing InStyle‘s August cover as a beautiful high-fashion mermaid.

Chopra looks right at home wearing a Gucci embroidered silk organza gown with feathery mermaid-style hem on the cover and editorial as well as a mix of summery looks throughout. And she’s had some practice in designer labels — she admits her go-to uniform (jeans and sneakers) are usually from posh places. “I shop at high-end stores, but I wear the pieces like they’re from the street,” she said. “Success should always be worn like a T-shirt, not a tuxedo. That’s when it’s fun.”

And it’s that mindset that always transcends into her style. “The same is true of fashion. If you’re not comfortable, you’ll never look confident. If you’re not confident, you’re never going to be sexy.”

So what makes Chopra feel most comfortable, confident and sexy? “I pretty much dress like a boy when I can.”

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She may be new to screens in the States, but she’s had a varied career for nearly two decades. She starred in over 50 Indian movies, was Miss World in 2000 and recorded songs with Pitbull and will.i.am. “It’s just math. If you’re not afraid of working hard, of being a candle that’s burning on both ends, and you’re still going, going, going … then you can’t be denied.”

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She’s as focused in her dating life as she is in her professional. “I’ll stay single until I’m married. I’ve always believed that. I want to be with somebody who has drive but doesn’t take himself too seriously. I don’t like people who are caged within how life should be. Life is transient, and it’s a journey, and I want to be with somebody who can see that.”

As part of her Indian background (people don’t date, they “court,” she explains) she’s never been interested in dating. “I’ve never dated. I’ve always been in relationships,” she shares. “It’s very different. You like someone, you court each other, you get into a relationship. You’re answerable to each other. Whereas the nonanswerability of dating, my god, I don’t know if I would ever be able to. I’ve never done it, so I don’t know.”

Thoughts on her InStyle cover? Share them in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil