Priyanka Chopra, 38, was called Plastic Chopra as a teen after an operation on her face went wrong

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Priyanka Chopra, 38, was called Plastic Chopra as a teen after an operation on her face went wrong

Priyanka Chopra is a stunning Hollywood actress who repeatedly lands on Most Beautiful lists.But the 38-year-old star was once picked on for her lo

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Priyanka Chopra is a stunning Hollywood actress who repeatedly lands on Most Beautiful lists.

But the 38-year-old star was once picked on for her looks after a nose operation didn’t work out so well in the early 2000s, the Quantico star said in her new autobiography Unfinished, which goes on sale Tuesday.

That led to some haters calling the former pageant queen ‘Plastic Chopra.’ 

The way she was: Priyanka Chopra is a stunning Hollywood actress who repeatedly lands on Most Beautiful lists. But the 38-year-old star was once picked on for her looks after a nose operation didn't work out so well in the early 2000s, the Quantico star said in her new autobiography Unfinished. Seen in November 2000

The way she was: Priyanka Chopra is a stunning Hollywood actress who repeatedly lands on Most Beautiful lists. But the 38-year-old star was once picked on for her looks after a nose operation didn’t work out so well in the early 2000s, the Quantico star said in her new autobiography Unfinished. Seen in November 2000 

Her look: The star seen this week in a flashback clip from Vogue that was shared on Instagram; her nose does look different

Her look: The star seen this week in a flashback clip from Vogue that was shared on Instagram; her nose does look different

She was a young adult when she noticed a benign growth in her nasal cavity that needed surgery to be removed.

‘Fortunately, a polypectomy sounded like a pretty routine procedure. Unfortunately, it wasn’t,’ she wrote in her book.

The surgeon ‘accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed.’ And the star, who had already became famous in her native India for her looks, was left ‘horrified.’

‘My original nose was gone,’ Priyanka shared. ‘My face looked completely different. I wasn’t me.’ 

The bad surgery lost her work – she says in the book she was fired from two movies.

Before big fame: Here the siren is seen in year 2000
In the hear of big fame: The star with a different nose in 2019

The big change to this face: Seen on the left in year 2000 and on the right in year 2019

Her new tell all: She was a teenager when she noticed a benign growth in her nasal cavity that needed surgery to be removed

Her new tell all: She was a teenager when she noticed a benign growth in her nasal cavity that needed surgery to be removed 

‘All the talk of body parts and skin tone collectively made me feel devalued and unseen and uncertain about my future,’ said the siren.

‘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. 

And at the time the red carpet favorite refused to explain what happened. 

Hard luck: 'Fortunately, a polypectomy sounded like a pretty routine procedure. Unfortunately, it wasn't,' she wrote in her book. Seen in 2000

Hard luck: ‘Fortunately, a polypectomy sounded like a pretty routine procedure. Unfortunately, it wasn’t,’ she wrote in her book. Seen in 2000

‘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,’ wrote the wife of boy bander Nick Jonas.

She felt she did not owe anyone an explanation.

‘I am an entertainer,’ she began. ‘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.’  

But it wasn’t only her face that was under scrutiny, so was her body.  

Last week Chopra said she was told to ‘get a boob job’ and ‘add a little cushioning’ to her butt when she embarked on an acting career.

As a teen: Seen at age 17. The surgeon 'accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed.' And the star, who had already became famous in her native India for her looks, was left 'horrified'

As a teen: Seen at age 17. The surgeon ‘accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed.’ And the star, who had already became famous in her native India for her looks, was left ‘horrified’

In year 2000: 'My original nose was gone,' Priyanka shared. 'My face looked completely different. I wasn't me.' The bad surgery lost her work - she says in the book she was fired from two movies

In year 2000: ‘My original nose was gone,’ Priyanka shared. ‘My face looked completely different. I wasn’t me.’ The bad surgery lost her work – she says in the book she was fired from two movies

The White Tiger actress was told to overhaul her appearance after she won Miss World in 2000 and admitted she left the meeting with the unnamed director filled with doubt, particularly because her then-manager agreed with his assessment.

She wrote in her autobiography: ‘After a few minutes of small talk, the director/producer told me to stand up and twirl for him. I did. He stared at me long and hard, assessing me, and then suggested that I get a boob job, fix my jaw, and add a little more cushioning to my butt.

‘If I wanted to be an actress, he said, I’d need to have my proportions “fixed,” and he knew a great doctor in LA he could send me to,’ she wrote.

As a child: She said, 'I wish I could rewind to the time when you looked like my baby brother,' she said on social media

As a child: She said, ‘I wish I could rewind to the time when you looked like my baby brother,’ she said on social media

‘My then-manager voiced his agreement with the assessment,’ she added. ‘I left the director/producer’s office feeling stunned and small. Was he right that I couldn’t be successful unless I had so many body parts fixed?

‘I thought of how individuals in the media and others in the industry had referred to me as “dusky” and “different-looking,” and I wondered if I was cut out for this business after all.’

The star insisted her experience was ‘normalized’ in Hollywood and she was told to keep quiet about the incident if she wanted to enjoy a long career.

She told Metro.co.uk: ‘It’s so normalized that it doesn’t come up in conversation. I talked about a movie that I walked out of because of how I was spoken to by the director.

‘It was early in my career, but I never told him why I walked out. I never had the courage to stand up for myself, and actually admit it. Because I heard so often, “Don’t be a nuisance, you’re new in the industry, you don’t want to have a reputation that you cause trouble or you’re not easy to work with.” Now on the other side of 35. I know that’s a normalized thing that girls hear so often.

Mrs Jonas: Chopra also talked this week about adding Jonas as her last name after marrying Nick. 'The first time I saw it, the first time I saw it, I was like, "Oh, oh ok, that's my name now,"' she told Barstool Sports' Chicks In The Office podcast

Mrs Jonas: Chopra also talked this week about adding Jonas as her last name after marrying Nick. ‘The first time I saw it, the first time I saw it, I was like, “Oh, oh ok, that’s my name now,”‘ she told Barstool Sports’ Chicks In The Office podcast 

‘I fell for it too, even though I consider myself a forward-thinking, smart girl. I learned from that over time, but at that time, I was terrified.

‘Yes I faced that then, I faced that like everybody else when you’re in patriarchal industries, which ours has been for a very long time.’ 

Chopra also talked this week about adding Jonas as her last name after marrying Nick. 

‘The first time I saw it, the first time I saw it, I was like, “Oh, oh ok, that’s my name now,”‘ she told Barstool Sports’ Chicks In The Office podcast.

When the interviewers said that she changed her name, Priyanka corrected them. She said, ‘And I think I never changed my name. Yeah, I added his into mine.

Her true love: When interviewers said that she changed her name, Priyanka corrected them. She said, 'And I think I never changed my name. Yeah, I added his into mine.' Seen in January 2020

Her true love: When interviewers said that she changed her name, Priyanka corrected them. She said, ‘And I think I never changed my name. Yeah, I added his into mine.’ Seen in January 2020 

‘You know, and I wanted to sort of honor traditions, but at the same time, I didn’t want to let go of my identity, you know, and this was my in between, I guess. I inherited a beautiful name and I hope to live up to its legacy,’ Priyanka said. 

‘And, you know, it’s just I think it was one of those things that you’ve grown up with, and a part of me hopes that we are a world 50 years later where, you know, the conversation is different, where girls don’t think about being raised or think about that. I was never forced into it, it’s just something I wanted to do because that’s how I grew up.’

Priyanka added, ‘And we have to like maybe hopefully in another 50 years, it’ll be guys taking our names too, or just not changing our names, you know, and that’ll be normalized. But I don’t think I was at that place when I got married, I kind of wanted to honor my parents’ tradition and that’s just how it happened. But I definitely – my identity has been mine for so many years that there was no way that my last name would have been lost.’

Priyanka also said she is proud of her values: ‘I would definitely tell my younger self that I’m proud of her for having navigated some really tumultuous waters and come out on the other side to be able to tell the story.’ 

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Priyanka explained: ‘If I had seen somebody else on TV, kicking a**… The show I did, Quantico, I was the first South Asian to ever [front] a network TV show, in 2015. It was crazy to think about that.

‘To me, if I had had that, maybe I wouldn’t have been so insecure in the hallways of my high school, or felt that I was so different.’ 

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