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Priyanka Chopra Posts Throwback Bikini Pic from When She Was 19: ‘Shy? Never Heard of Her’

In vintage snap fashion, Priyanka Chopra Jonas smiles as she poses with a white bikini top and matching pair of pants

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is taking a trip down memory lane.

In honor of the setback on Thursday this week, the 38-year-old actress posted a vintage photo of herself as a teenager on Instagram. In the image, Chopra Jonas shows a smile for the camera as he poses with a white bikini top and matching pants.

“Shy? I never heard of her 🤣 in all 19 !!” she captioned the image in a fun way, adding the hashtag “bindis and biquínis”.

Of course, at that age, the star was no longer a stranger to the spotlight, having already won the Miss World contest in 2000, when she was 18 years old.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas | CREDIT: PRIYANKA CHOPRA/INSTAGRAM

In her new memoirs, which was released in February, Chopra Jonas reflected on an unsuccessful surgical procedure that she underwent shortly after being catapulted to global fame.

After developing a “persistent cold” in the summer of 2001, she started “having trouble breathing”, wrote the star in Unfinished. She ended up seeing a doctor recommended by a family friend, who discovered a “polyp in my nasal cavity that would need to be surgically removed”.

Unfortunately, the polypectomy did not go as planned.

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From left: Priyanka Chopra Jonas at the Miss World competition in December 2000, at a London press conference in August 2004 and the Pre-Grammy Gala in January 2020. | CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK (2); GETTY

“When shaving the polyp, the doctor also accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed. When it came time to remove the bandages and the state of my nose was revealed, Mom and I were horrified. My original nose was gone. . My face looked completely different. I was no longer me, “she wrote.

The procedure left the star feeling “devastated and hopeless”, she continued. “Every time I looked at myself in the mirror, a stranger looked at me, and I didn’t think my sense of identity or self-esteem would ever recover from the blow.”

She ended up having several corrective surgeries to fix the damage and now “made up” with her face.

“Although it took me a few years to see a stranger looking back at me every time he looked at me in the mirror, I got used to that face. Now, when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised; peace with this slightly different self,” he wrote Chopra Jonas. “This is my face. This is my body. I may be defective, but it’s me.”

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