April 16, 2015 01:00 PM

Freida Pinto doesn’t just look powerful in her gorgeous new photo shoot for Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. (That Jason Wu gown! Those gladiator boots! That bob!) The Slumdog Millionaire star also shares a powerful message about challenging stereotypes in her interview.

Courtesy Chad Pitman for The Edit

“It’s hard because the first thing people see when I go into an audition is that I am 100% Indian, but I don’t remember a time in my life when I did not see myself as a world citizen,” she says about Hollywood’s perception of her look and ethnicity. “When I watch films, I can always imagine myself as the female lead — even if it’s Minnie Mouse.”

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But the 30-year-old actress refuses to let unfair beauty standards hold her — or anyone else for that matter — back. “I’m aware of the perception,” she says. “And I always say that if it’s because of that one line in Slumdog where Latika is described as ‘the most beautiful girl in the world,’ then I have to do everything I can to change the perception.”

Courtesy Chad Pitman for The Edit

Pinto goes on to talk about other missions close to her heart. She just became the ambassador for the Because I Am A Girl campaign, which supports young girls’ rights to a quality education. And she does it all amid a whirlwind of wardrobe changes in high-fashion designs by Sonia Rykiel, Vionnet, Vera Wang, Altuzarra, Balmain, and more.

Talk about a woman after our own hearts.

To see The Edit‘s full interview with Pinto, check out net-a-porter.com.

Courtesy Chad Pitman for The Edit

What do you think about Pinto’s new photo shoot? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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