Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, in her recently published memoir, Unfinished, writes about having undergone a botched surgery.
The actress talks about her ‘obviously different nose’ that the public started to notice in 2001, the year after she won Miss World, and around when she decided to step into the film industry.
The White Tiger actress for the first time shares an account of how she dealt with the ‘Plastic Chopra’ tag after getting botched surgery that had left her with an ‘obviously different nose’.
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Priyanka writes in detail that she had trouble breathing, and it was discovered that she had a ‘polyp’ in her nasal cavity.
And believing it to be a routine procedure, she decided to have the polyp surgically removed.
She wrote, “While shaving off the polyp, the doctor also accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed. When it was time to remove the bandages and the condition of my nose was revealed, Mom and I were horrified. My original nose was gone. My face looked completely different. I wasn’t me anymore.”
Priyanka continued, “I felt devastated and hopeless. Every time I looked in the mirror, a stranger looked back at me, and I didn’t think my sense of self or my self-esteem would ever recover from the blow.”
“I decided that there was a line I was going to draw in my life. I am an entertainer. That’s what I’ve signed on to do, and that’s what I love doing. I will say my lines, dance my dance, hit my mark. I’ll do my best to make you laugh, and I’ll do my best to make you cry, but just because I’m a public person doesn’t mean everything about my life has to be public knowledge. I get to choose what I share and when I share it,” she added.
The actress later ended up getting corrective surgeries to fix the damage done.
“While it took a few years of seeing a stranger gazing back at me every time I looked in the mirror, I’ve gotten accustomed to this face. Now when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised; I’ve made peace with this slightly different me,” she wrote.