'Suddenly I didn't see any reason not to talk about it (cancer).'
'It was not my fault I had cancer, so why was I hiding it?'
Sonali Bendre Behl, who covers Vogue India's latest edition, opens up about her cancer recovery.
Survivor, warrior and motivator, Sonali Bendre Behl serves up some life inspiration on her latest cover.
Vogue India's cover girl, Sonali stands above the rest as she cuts a gorgeous image on the cover in a beige ruffled gown.
Sporting an 'almost bald head', the actor wears a minimalistic look.
'Some people become their illness, while others hide behind it. Sonali Bendre Behl (@iamsonalibendre) has found a path between. 'Suddenly I didn't see any reason not to talk about it. I had done nothing wrong; it was not my fault I had cancer, so why was I hiding it?',' wrote Vogue as they unveiled the cover.
'The idea (above) was almost preposterous,' reveals Sonali in an Instagram post.
'An almost bald head, barely any make up and a huge scar was not the norm for @vogue. But, I guess that's my new normal.
'Of course, I had my reservations, and, if I dare say, insecurities -- but a candid conversation with the lovely ladies @priya_tanna and @anaitashroffadajania cleared my doubts. And before I knew it, I was standing in front of the camera, ready to uncover my new reality.
'The icing on the cake was the fact that I needed one-third of the time for hair and make up.
'So I closed my eyes and jumped into it, full throttle, and this is the result. Thank you, @meghamahindru for telling my story; and thank you @ridburman for understanding my story and saying it so beautifully through your lens. If there's a piece of advice I can give you all after this, it would be to 'Find your new normal'. It's very liberating.'