Priyanka on dealing with ‘Plastic Chopra’ nickname after botched surgery


Priyanka Chopra Jonas has spoken about why her nose suddenly started looking drastically different in the early 2000s. And how the result of this botched surgery left the star ‘horrified’ at what had happened.

She spoke about the incident in her recently release memoir, ‘Unfinished: A Memoir,’ where she discussed the fallout of the surgery, and the nickname ‘Plastic Chopra’ given to her.

She wrote that she had trouble breathing, and it was discovered that she had a polyp in her nasal cavity, reports the Hindustan Times. Believing it to be a routine procedure, Chopra Jonas decided to have the polyp surgically removed. This was in 2001, the year after she won Miss World, and also when she decided to step into the film industry.

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.” The star 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.”

As a result of the failed procedure, the tag ‘Plastic Chopra’ was given to her in the media. Chopra Jonas wrote that while she was often asked to give an explanation for her different appearance, she chose to ‘draw a line’ and not speak about it publicly.

She said, “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.”

The star 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.

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