The International media is shocked with the criticism Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is receiving for putting on weight post pregnancy. It is an irony that people from Hollywood think that she looks stunning after delivery and are using the best adjective possible to describe her beauty, while in her own country, she has been slammed for putting extra pounds on her body.
Here's what the International media has to say...
Daily Mail - She may have been criticised in her native India for not losing her baby weight fast enough, but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked nothing short of dazzling at the AmfAR Cinema Against Aids gala in Cannes last night. Baby weight or not, the Bollywood actress, 38, lived up to her title of 'the worlds most beautiful woman' in a gold embroidered sari and co-ordinating tailored jacket with Mandarin collar. With her clever styling and clean make-up and hair, the former beauty queen successfully silenced those critical of her post pregnancy weight gain.
Comments left under the Daily Mail article were really overwhelming-
RH2012, London: It's been 18 years since she won Miss World and do you know what?... She still looks fantastic. Why are people so nasty?!!
Lisa Brook: My goodness, this is what breathtaking and beautiful looks like. Skinny is NOT cute.
Essex: People are so shallow!! Live and let others Live, at least she is a nursing her child and taking care of her as a mother should do. Her child is her first priority then the fans, she got that right!
Jason: i'd agree she looked pretty even as said 'fat', some women might be too thin, appeared unattractive, however, beauty is in the eyes of beholder.
Unfortunately, in India, Aishwarya Rai has been receiving more flak than compliments for her post delivery weight gain.
Type "Aishwarya Rai fat" on Google and you will be shocked to see the search results - It's over three million!
Not only this, a really nasty video clip called 'Aishwarya Rai's shocking weight gain' which had elephant sound effects in the background, has been seen more than 500,000 times. Many more videos of similar type have been posted, each video has viewing figures in the tens or hundreds of thousands.
Tongues began wagging after this video went viral on YouTube. One unkind fan has compared Aishwarya to Victoria Beckham, by saying Ash should lose weight as quickly as Victoria Beckham did after her four pregnancies. The other fan said, she is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit.
Shobhaa De defended Aishwarya and in an interview to New York Daily News, she said, “Aishwarya is like a goddess. She is held up as the ideal of beauty and so there is an expectation on her to look perfect at all times. 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.”
So, according to these people Aishwarya should stop focusing on her daughter and hit the gym instead. Well, It's high time to change our attitude towards women and motherhood. And Aishwarya, we have just one thing to tell you - We love you the way you are!!