By Emily Sheridan
How do I look? Tara Palmer-Tomkinson shows off her newly reconstructed nose in a photoshoot for the August issue of SHE magazine
Six weeks after undergoing an operation to reconstruct her nose, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is finally ready to show it off.
The former 'It girl' has regained her confidence after years of feeling insecure about her appearance.
In a refreshingly honest interview for the new issue of She magazine, the 39-year-old admitted she was 'destroyed' by the criticism she received about her previously disfigured nose.
The socialite revealed she was particularly hurt by assumptions the latest damage was due to her using drugs again, when in fact it was due to not maintaining a previous operation on her nose.
She tells the magazine: 'What hurt most is the people writing about what was actually a disfigurement on my face. It destroyed me. My confidence was wrecked.'
Although her nose was initially damaged by her former drug use, the former reality star has been clean for years and was upset when she was accused of using again.
She explained: 'When I first had my nose rebuilt in 2006, I only had three of the 12 aftercare sessions that I was meant to have. Stupidly I started to play around with fillers.
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'In the first operation, they used cartilage from the ear to rebuild my nose which is quite delicate. Since then, I’ve had a series of breakages and fragmentations, and it became misshapen.'
Palmer-Tomkinson underwent a three-hour op at a Harley Street clinic on June 1, where cartilage from one of her ribs was used to rebuild the nose.
Having adjusted to her new nose, the socialite is finally rebuilding her confidence: 'I can’t tell you how wonderful I feel - like a different person.
'Before, I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to date. And now I want to go out, I want to date again. I feel 10 years younger. I feel really excited. I feel I’m symmetrical again - inside and out.'
Palmer-Tomkinson admitted she felt so low about her nose in the run-up to her friend Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in April, she declined press interviews.
She said: ' I was asked to do interviews in the run-up, but when I refused they started to focus on my nose. I think people assumed the damage had come from doing more drugs. I was in the darkest place I’ve ever been.'
When she did attend the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding, she stood out in a bright blue dress and matching hat by milliner Philip Treacy.
Reflecting on the day, she said: 'I felt like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I could have chosen a veil to cover up my nose but Philip said, "We are not covering up your nose; life is about personality."'