Priyanka Chopra has defended her decision to wear a dress from her good friend Georgina Chapman’s label, Marchesa, to a bridal shower held ahead of her upcoming wedding to singer Nick Jonas.
Chopra was criticised for wearing the brand due to its links to disgraced former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.
Chapman was married to Weinstein for 10 years, but they divorced in January 2018 after allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against Weinstein by multiple women in the film industry. Weinstein has consistently denied allegations of non-consensual sex.
While many have called for a boycott of Marchesa in support of the women who came forward, Chopra said her decision to wear the dress was an example of “women supporting women”.
“Georgina’s a friend of mine, and she has been. And it’s not her fault. And I don’t think it’s right to take it out on a self-made woman what somebody in her life did,” the 36-year-old actress told Women’s Wear Daily.
“That’s the wrong attitude. I’ve known her for years, and that was a beautiful gown, and deserved to be worn by a bride-to-be. And it made me feel like a princess. It was the right choice.”
This is the second time a Hollywood actress has been questioned over her decision to step out in the label—Scarlett Johansson wore a Marchesa gown to the Met Gala and was forced to justify the decision in a statement to PEOPLE.
“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers,” Johansson said.