Aishwarya Rai Fat Photo Sparks Wave Of Backlash

    May 18, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Aishwarya Rai, a gorgeous Bollywood actress who has been dubbed the “most beautiful woman in the world” is garnering harsh criticism for not losing her baby weight fast enough.

In perhaps one of the most telling stories about the American obsession with weight, Rai has suffered the cruel attentions of the people of India, who are comparing her to Hollywood actresses like Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham, saying she should have lost the weight by now even though she just gave birth to her daughter in November.

“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,” one person commented on a photo of Rai that has made rounds on the web. The photo shows the actress before-and-after pregnancy and has sparked a wave of negative comments about her appearance.

“Aishwarya is like a goddess,” said columnist Shobhaa De.
“She is held up as the ideal of beauty and so there is an expectation on her to look perfect at all times.”

Rai has said she’s in no hurry to lose the baby weight and just wants to enjoy motherhood. She also recognizes that the American views on women’s bodies is pretty flawed and shouldn’t apply to everyone, and many are applauding her for it.

“The role models being held up are Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham, but our body frames are different – we have wider hips and curves – so this whole business of looking desperately skinny two weeks after giving birth is a western import,” she said.

Supermodel Tyra Banks recently wrote an open letter to The Daily Beast regarding Vogue Magazine’s ban on anorexic-looking models, saying it’s a huge step for our culture to recognize that not every woman needs to be a size zero, and some go to extremes to attain an unnatural figure.

  • Kayode Ayo

    pls put me on your online newslette

  • Christine

    What woman looks perfect all the time? Ash is right to take her time, enjoy motherhood and lose weight at her leisure. She isn’t starving for work contracts. It’s so unwise to impose personal expectations on an individual since the result is often disappointment. So leave Ash alone.

    In my view it is unfair to compare Ash with American and European women. Their genetic make up is different. Victoria B. has a skinny, hard and unhealthy look, and her stony expression does not help. Angelina has bony, anorexic appearance that is off-set only by her big red lips and an enormous knee that ends in a designer shoe.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM6hWc9dR44  Michelle in Australia

      Yes! Enjoy motherhood and your beautiful curves. Please make a movie now as your beauty is now beyond words. Blessings to your family. Xx

  • Andrea

    Leave the woman alone about the weight for God’s sake! Who are those who criticize? Concern yourself with yourself only!

  • Joel Ghansham

    My Goodness!!! The woman has just given birth.. She has LIVED the “Bollywood” live and expectations for decades.. Can she just be “herself” for a bit.. the weight DOES NOT take anything away from who she is. additonally, peoples focus changes, expecially after becoming a parent….

  • tdurberville

    Mrs. Rai-Bachchan is a lovely lady, inside and out and TRUE fans will not desert her for any reason,especially for one so superficial. I hope she takes a long deserved vacation from films to enjoy being a wife and mother. Her family will be fortunate to share this special time. When and if she decides to resume her career, her fans and supporters will be waiting.

  • Johnny DoNothing

    6 months is long enough, time to lose some weight

  • Madhuri Raju

    This is the price of being a public figure. You cannot hide. While it is perfectly normal to be oneself and lose weight at ones pace,PR should have handled all this unneccessary backlash. For a celebrity to make a public appearance with extra baggage is always a stressful moment. The public is entitled to all comments, this is is the risk of being Aishwarya Rai. Not a life I desire, I am happy being me!

  • Anderson

    Although completely talentless as an actress, she was absolutely beautiful prior winding up with Uglyshek Bachan. Now she’s morbidly overweight and completely comfortable showing off her wide carriage body in public. Truth of the matter is that she has no discipline to lose weight and will now taunt a fatty image as being “acceptable”.

    I hope these two Bollywood couple choose a different carrier path.