After a 12 months of truly touring the world as a part of her queenly duties, Priyanka returned dwelling with a extremely dangerous 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 appeared fully totally different. I wasn’t me anymore.”
She continued, “I felt devastated and hopeless. Each time I appeared within the mirror, a stranger appeared again at me, and I did not assume my sense of self or my shallowness would ever get well from the blow. The expertise was very emotional for my complete household—my dad and mom have been docs, in any case; 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 profitable Miss World, one producer “arranging a display screen check, or a ‘look’ check, to see what my face would seem like blown up on 70mm movie to movie-screen dimension.” One other director moved her from the lead right into a supporting function, 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 finally restoring her nostril to a extra normal-looking state. The face within the mirror, although, continues to be “a barely totally different me,” albeit one she’s made peace with.