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Priyanka Chopra’s biggest fan went from being a fisherman’s daughter to Maldives’ most famous personality

[Image: Suneetha Ali, aka Suniyanka.]

Priyanka Chopra’s biggest fan isn’t who you’d expect at all. For one, her most ardent admirer isn’t male. Or even Indian. Meet Suneetha Ali, aka Suniyanka, born to a fisherman’s family in the Maldives, who’s channelled all the pluck and tenacity of her Bollywood idol to become one of the most- recognized faces on the island nation

In January 2015, the government of the Maldives invited Priyanka Chopra and Akon to be the guests of honour at a music concert celebrating the record number of tourist arrivals – over a million – in the previous year.

Towards the end of the evening, the Bollywood star was to present mementos to a few dignitaries. The first up was Suneetha Ali, known among the locals as the actor’s biggest fan. The short, heavy-set performer walked onto the stage, visibly star-struck. She was wearing a jacket with broad stripes of black and white and a pair of washed-out denims, an outfit identical to one the actor had worn some years ago. As Suneetha hugged her, Chopra gave her a peck on the head. “You rock all my clothes babe,” she purred. Suneetha hopped in joy.

Suneetha’s journey to stardom is one of the unlikeliest for a fan, especially one who belongs to a conservative Islamic country. Today, she’s one of the best-known faces in the Maldives, and a regular fixture at weddings, Eid celebrations and government functions.

But apart from her flamboyant dance moves and figure-hugging outfits, Suneetha’s fame comes from her unguarded devotion to all things Priyanka Chopra.

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