After a 12 months of really touring the world as a part of her queenly duties, Priyanka returned residence with a extremely unhealthy chilly that turned into what she thought was a sinus an infection, however was really a polyp in her nasal cavity. She wanted surgical procedure.
The polypectomy sounded routine, however whereas the surgeon was shaving away the polyp, he unintentionally began shaving away the bridge of her nostril, which then collapsed.
When the bandages got here off, she writes, “My authentic nostril was gone. My face seemed fully completely different. I wasn’t me anymore.”
She continued, “I felt devastated and hopeless. Each time I seemed within the mirror, a stranger seemed again at me, and I did not assume my sense of self or my shallowness would ever get better from the blow. The expertise was very emotional for my entire household—my mother and father have been docs, in spite of everything; how may this have occurred?—and to make issues worse, the expertise was a public affair.”
One which resulted within the demoralizing nickname “Plastic Chopra.” She was dropped from two of the 4 movies she had signed on for inside six months of successful Miss World, one producer “arranging a display take a look at, or a ‘look’ take a look at, to see what my face would appear like blown up on 70mm movie to movie-screen measurement.” One other director moved her from the lead right into a supporting position, however assured her she’d nonetheless be on the poster.
As a substitute of explaining precisely what occurred, she did not dignify any rumors with solutions and tried to go about her life, a number of surgical procedures in the end restoring her nostril to a extra normal-looking state. The face within the mirror, although, continues to be “a barely completely different me,” albeit one she’s made peace with.