Sonali Bendre flaunts her cancer scar in the new photoshoot


Sonali Bendre graces the cover page of Vogue magazine after cancer diagnosis and she proudly flaunted her cancer scar.

Sharing picture of the magazine, the actress wrote on her Instagram account. “The idea was almost preposterous. 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,” she wrote.

More pictures from the shoot were shared on the magazine’s Instagram handle. “I’m okay with it now… I don’t even miss it,” Sonali said about her bald head. “Yet it (my hair) was the be-all, end-all of my life. It was this stupid thing that I was hanging on to,” she said. “My instinct was to wear a cap, a scarf or a wig—but these things are so ugly. I knew that if I had to accept it (going bald), I had to put a picture out there. Because once you share it on social media, you can feel the release,” she said.

Sonali Bendre recalls her cancer journey as how the narrative has changed suddenly.

“I wanted to be charge of my narrative from the start. When you are a public figure, there are so many narratives that it out there. And suddenly you lose hold of that narrative very quickly. It becomes a different thing all together,” the actor said at the India Today Conclave 2019.

“As I went through the process, I realised that there are so many others that would be going to through it. I wouldn’t be honest that if I said, ‘Everything was sunshine’. It was not, it was painful and you do have to go through it,” she added.

After Sonali Bendre diagnosed with cancer treatment in 2018, she headed to New York and and undergone cancer treatment.