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Inspiring! Sonali flaunts surgery scar on cover

March 13, 2019 11:25 IST

'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.

Photograph: Courtesy Vogue India/Instagram

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Vogue India/Instagram

'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.'

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