Mumbai: The top has the words “migrant”, “refugee” and “outsider” crossed out while the word “traveller” stands out.
Both the actress and Conde Nast were criticised over the “privileged” message, with many pointing out that being a refugee was “not a choice”.
Conde Nast said their intention was to highlight labelling of people. Chopra said in an interview “I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued”.
“The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels.”
Conde Nast also put out a statement in which it stood by the cover and tried to clarify the intention behind the photograph. Explaining that it believed in a “world without borders” and “had a point to make”, the statement said: “We must recognise that we are all on a journey. Whether we are moving across oceans or just a few kilometres, or in our mind’s eye, into a completely different world, whether we are doing so due to free will or circumstance – we are all travellers.”
The magazine cover, which was tweeted out by Chopra earlier this month, almost immediately caused outrage in India, with many saying that it was inappropriate, especially in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.
“The lack of choice in removing one’s home and hearth from the familiar to the alien is one fraught with heartbreak and the feeling of being cornered.