Not even the most beautiful woman in the world can escape public criticism!
Former Miss World and one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Aishwarya Rai, is under attack for not losing enough baby weight, New York Daily News reports. The stunning 38-year-old star – who gave birth last November to daughter Aaradhya with husband Abhishek Bachchan – is being slammed in her native India by film fans, on blogs, and in entertainment columns for not dropping enough post-baby weight, with many arguing the actress has a “duty” to her supporters to keep up her glamorous image.
Some of the harsh criticism includes a video of the actress, juxtaposing images of her pre- and post-baby body overlaid with the sound of elephants trumpeting. The clip has been viewed more than 500,000 times. Other online sources have followed suit, with similar view counts.
“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,” one video commenter said. Another said she “needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.”
Showbusiness columnist Shobhaa De opened up to the paper about backlash.
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,” De said. “The role models being held up are Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham . . .this whole business of looking desperately skinny two weeks after giving birth is a Western import.”
Some have come to the defense of the Raincoat actress.
She is a real woman looking after a baby. We should be concern [sic] for her health and happiness especially if she is nursing the baby,” one commenter wrote. “Not the Western belief of expecting people in the spot light to lose all weight in month.”
The new mom has said she wants to “enjoy motherhood” and not stress about the number on a scale.