Priyanka Chopra is speaking out about being labeled “plastic Chopra” after a routine procedure gone wrong.
In the early 2000s, the now 38-year-old actress had a benign growth in her nasal cavity that required surgery.
“Fortunately, a polypectomy sounded like a pretty routine procedure. Unfortunately, it wasn’t,” she wrote in her memoir, “Unfinished,” released today.
During the surgery, the doctor “accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed.” She said she was “horrified.”
“My original nose was gone,” Priyanka continued. “My face looked completely different. I wasn’t me.” She was soon labeled “Plastic Chopra” by some media outlets.
“I was dared to give an explanation for the obviously different nose, but I chose a course then that I’ve followed in all the years since. I decided that there was a line I was going to draw in my life,” she wrote. “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.”
Priyanka added that she was dropped from two films after her botched surgery.
“All the talk of body parts and skin tone collectively made me feel devalued and unseen and uncertain about my future. Having experienced the aftermath of a supposedly simple polyp removal, I knew I wasn’t willing to follow the course he’d laid out for me, even if he, as the highly successful expert, was right,” she added. “… My difference is my strength. If I looked like other ‘classically beautiful’ girls, then I wouldn’t stand out, and more important, I wouldn’t be me.”
Priyanka had “several corrective surgeries” and has now “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…I’m just like everyone else: I look at myself in the mirror and think maybe I can lose a little weight; I think maybe I can work out a little more. But I’m also content. This is my face. This is my body. I might be flawed, but I am me,” she added.
If you missed it, Priyanka recently revealed what she really thought when Nick Jonas proposed after only two months.
See photos of Priyanka Chopra early in her career in the 2000s…