Aishwarya Rai criticized for not losing her postpartum baby weight fast enough

If anyone screams “WHO?” in the post, there will be harsh consequences. Aishwarya Rai is one of the biggest stars in India – she’s the Angelina Jolie of Bollywood. Here is her IMBD. She’s gotten some attention in the UK and the US as well, notably some beauty contracts and some roles in Hollywood films here and there (The Pink Panther 2, The Last Legion). She married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007, and she gave birth to their first child, a daughter, last November. I’m including our most recent photos of her, from France in May and June of 2011 – she was pregnant then, but she was barely showing. Rai did gain a significant amount of weight during her pregnancy, and now she’s being bashed for not losing the weight fast enough. You should go look at this recent photo of her – someone caught a photo of her double chin. So… it’s a thing now. Someone put together this video (complete with elephant sounds) and people are really pissed off.

She is a former Miss World, a successful Bollywood star and married to the son of one of India’s best-loved stars. She found international fame in the Hollywood film Bride and Prejudice, and Julia Roberts billed her as the world’s most beautiful woman. Thanks to the notoriety such fame and fortune has brought her, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become one of the most admired and revered women in India, and indeed the world. But such fame has come at a cost for the 38-year-old star.

Since the birth of her daughter in November last year, Aishwarya Rai has been open about the fact that she is in no hurry to lose the few extra pounds she gained during her pregnancy. The model and actress, who won the Miss World title in 1994, defended her choice, saying she wanted simply to ‘enjoy motherhood.’

But with the star, who married Abhishek Bachchan, the son of India’s most loved film star Amitabh Bachnan in 2007, tipped for her 10th appearance at Cannes next week, furious speculation is mounting as to how she will look. Commentators have been unkind, lambasting the star for letting her fans down. Many have gone a step further, suggesting the star has a ‘duty’ to her fans to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

One website posted a video of the star looking less than her usual svelte self, flicking between photographs of her pre-birth, and photos now. Called ‘Aishwarya Rai’s shocking weight gain’, the clip, which came accompanied by elephant sound effects, has been seen more than 500,000 times. Dozens more videos in a similar vein have been posted, each with viewing figures in the tens or hundreds of thousands.

Comments left after the video prove that many of those watching have little sympathy for Aishwarya.

‘She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,’ one said. Another added: ‘She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.’

It has opened up a debate in the country, and beyond, about the attitudes held towards women in the public eye.

‘Aishwarya is like a goddess,’ said showbusiness columnist Shobhaa Dé in the New York Daily News by way of explanation. ‘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.’

Cinema professor Shohini Ghosh added that women in India were up against an almost impossible task. ‘There is a glorification of motherhood in India and Indian cinema,’ he told the paper. ‘But people are confused because they don’t know whether to glorify Aishwarya in her new motherhood or lament that she is not looking like a runway model.’

[From The Mail]

For the love of God. She’s not even that much bigger – she just looks like a petite woman who hasn’t taken off her baby weight yet. As for the whole “people are imposing Western values on the traditional Indian body type” – I have mixed feelings about that too. Rai is so popular internationally because – in my opinion – she does look like a very Anglicized Indian woman. She’s made a career out of her borderless beauty, so let’s not ring the “this is how all Indian women look” bell too hard. But yeah – give her a break. She’s a first time mom and Jesus (Krishna?), stop making it into a thing.

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  1. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    What’s with the hat? Was she at the Kentucky Derby?
    And she looks fine, by the way.

  2. constance says:

    Damn can’t one mother in the world avoid being bashed for not losing the weight or losing it too quickly? I’d just like to see a woman praised for taking the time from her work and caring for her child- herself.

  3. Britt says:

    It takes 9 months to gain the weight, people should give her a break and let her lose it at her own pace.

    It’s dangerous to lose weight quickly anyway and if she’s breastfeeding hopefully that will help to get rid of it. But people should back off new mothers, it’s bloody hard enough with all the sleep deprivation to be worried about being a size 0. Christ on a bike there are more important things to worry about.

  4. SamiHami says:

    Women just can’t win, can they? If they lose the baby weight ‘too fast,’ then they are setting un unrealistic example for others. But if they don’t lose it all within a week of giving birth then they are elephants.

    She’s fine. She will lose it when she loses it. It’s ridiculous for others to judge her like this. She is a lovely woman regardless.

  5. Gwen says:

    She looks so stunning. It’s offensive that she doesn’t get the time to loose the weight, she put on.

  6. Happymom says:

    She’s gorgeous. End of story.

  7. Dani says:

    I have never heard of her but overweight or not she is beautiful.

  8. Katie says:

    Stunning as always. Love her no matter what size she is.

  9. jc126 says:

    The comment referenced in this story about her having a duty to look slim and fit is stomach-turning. I hate how so many people consider a woman’s body a suitable topic of their criticism. And you know the person who said it is probably no great beauty, or great looking guy!

  10. brin says:

    I think it’s awful how women are pressured to lose weight right after giving birth.

  11. DeltaJuliet says:

    Ummmmm, what’s wrong with her? She’s GORGEOUS!

  12. Asli says:

    Uh, I love her! I have alot of Pakistani friends and she’s HUGE (no pun intended) in Bollywood. She was on Letterman once, I think.

  13. Joanne says:

    Beautiful, with our without the baby weight.

  14. Eleonor says:

    This is what happens after years of celebrities going back to size zero in few weeks after a birth (natural or not), and flaunting it all over the world.
    People think it’s normal, and it’s that way for every single woman. If a woman doesnt loose the baby weight in 3 weeks she is lazy.
    She is beautiful, and should telle them all to STFU.

  15. Darlene says:

    She’s gorgeous, always has been, always will be. They need to lay off.

  16. normades says:

    She’s still stunning. Who cares!

  17. Cherry says:

    In the words of the lovely Jenna Fischer: ‘Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let’s celebrate!’

  18. dahlianoir says:

    She’s not one of my fav indian actresses but she did some great movies ( try “Umrao jaan”, she’s literally out of this earth) and all this bashing for her weight does reprsent how women are mistreated. She’s not fit enough, she should be sexier blah blah blah. You won’t believe all the criticism in india NEWSPAPERS people !

  19. lisa says:

    Wow women get beat up for being too thin for other’s taste, too fat for other’s taste.

    Everyone here knows the same comments stating that she should not be attacked are the same on some thread attacking women because they are thin.

    I don’t get it. Women come in all shapes and forms. What is normal for me is not then norm for everyone else. Why do we all have to be the same or expected to look the same. We can’t and we won’t.

  20. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She is STUNNING. Period.

  21. eileen says:

    LOVE her! We are so wrapped up in our own USofA Bubble-this girl is hands down the Angelina of the world-she is seriously the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.
    I love you doing a post on international celebs that aren’t Wills and Kate!
    And its takes just as long to lose pounds as it does to put them on unless you’re like our celebs who starve themsleves & workout 9 hours a day to make headlines on “how fast they lost the baby weight.” (or have “pillow Pregnancies”)
    And if she never lost the last 20 pounds she put on-who the F cares? She still beautiful.

  22. marie says:

    she’s beautiful either way. let her enjoy her baby, no woman should have to worry about shedding the weight immediately-but stupid Hollywood made it a thing and if you don’t fall in line then you must be lazy. who the hell are these people to tell women such things-last time I checked our bodies weren’t made of rubber..

  23. Agnes says:

    people are seriously a-holes. since when has it become THE NORM to lose post-baby weight (or any other weight gain) in 6-8 weeks, like celebrities tend to do? it’s insane, and totally unrealistic.

  24. Miss Beca says:

    THAT FACE. She is SO beautiful.

  25. Mirella says:

    She’s beautiful, baby weight & all. People need to back off & let her enjoy being a mom.

  26. Beta says:

    Aishwarya Rai is amazingly beautiful. I cannot believe how moronic some people are with respect to weight. I hope A.R. just ignores them and continues to be her fabulous self with or without baby weight.

    edit: I love how everybody agrees on this subject :)

  27. KK says:

    I’m petite and it took me almost 2 yrs to drop the baby weight. Before I was too chubby and now I’m too skinny! How people are comparing the curvy and healthy Aishwarya to two of the most emaciated celebs out there is beyond me.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:


      Posh & Angelina look like stick insects.

      They are creepy.

      • sullivan says:

        This is what I’m talking about. People can get up in arms about women being insulted for being overweight and then turn around and insult women for being thin. It’s the same thing. Trashing women because of their weight is shallow and cruel.

      • pwal says:

        Gimme a break.

        Jolie was never in a post-baby weight loss derby. If anything, she was criticized before her pregnancy, during her pregnancy (although she delivered good-sized babies) and after her pregnancies. And for the record, bloggers like Lainey were gleeful when they claimed that they spotted back fat or Spanx during her Changeling junkets.

        What’s happening to Aishwarya has happened to women before and will continue to happen, especially beautiful women. Not to be flippant, I think that when someone is so charismatic or beautiful, it sets some people off. Some people think that just because they were moved by someone else that the someone is beholden to them for life, meaning that they can’t change or age.

        Hopefully, Aishwarya will be okay. Some people can deal with (irrational) criticism; others can’t. Hopefully, she’ll be one of the former.

  28. sauvage says:

    I agree with the posters who said that this was exactly what you get for years and years of celebrity mums competing over who could lose their baby weight the quickest – it became a new standard. An unhealthy standard.

    So what if Rai takes her time to lose the weight? She doesn’t have an obligation to the public to look a certain way. People don’t OWN her, for Pete’s sake! And she probably doesn’t have time to work out all day long because she does not have ten nannies working for her, but takes a lot of care of the baby herself. Another unhealthy standard set by stars, by the way.

    • flower says:

      She does live in India you know even middle class women not only have a nanny but often several household servants so you can bet your life she has a couple of nannies, but so what, why on earth should she kill herself to look as unhealthy as Jolie and Becks.

      My favourite of her movies is ‘Devdas’, stunningly beautiful woman.

      • sauvage says:

        Thank you, flower.
        You made me realize something and it is a little bit spooky. Even though I defended Rai, the creepy thing is: I felt the need to find an explanation, an EXCUSE for her not losing her baby weight immediately, instead of a simple: “So what?”. Seems like I already entered that kind of mind frame without knowing it. So, thanks for pointing that out for me.

  29. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    OK, whoever is criticizing her for not losing postpartum weight fast enough hasn’t really been pregnant or is a man who has no clue about how hard is it for a woman to lose weight gained during pregnancy. Whoever this person is should go to hell!! Give a break people!

  30. TXCinderella says:

    She is a stunningly beautiful woman. People need to back off and give her time to lose the weight. Maybe she chooses not to take diet pills to drop the weight as fast of these other celebrities do. I’m convinced that they take diet pills, they just lose the weight too fast.

  31. lil ole me says:

    I could get lost in those eyes….

  32. Laura says:

    We have such a F*&% up society! Just because she is not a size two after giving birth, she is an elephant? Are you kidding me!!!

  33. Red Granny says:

    “She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit”

    I have ony one thing to say: Mind your OWN F’ING BUSINESS! She is not an object / yor property but a human being with her own opinions and something that is called “free will”. She don´t owe you anything!

  34. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    If you want to be TRULY disgusted by post-pregnancy fat shaming check out this article about Bryce Dallas Howard and prepare to be incensed

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Hey Mort! That is terrible. Shame on them (I know, they’re incapable of shame) for that.

      God forbid a famous woman choose to enjoy being a Mum and being with her baby and just generally relish those first precious few months nursing and bonding with her newborn.

      Hell no! Get her on a no carb, no fat diet and an Eliptical machine, STAT! Assholes.

  35. kazoo says:

    She has the most beautiful eyes. If her daughter got them, she’s lucky.

  36. Eve says:

    That video is disgusting — with elephant sounds for crying out loud! The tone of that woman’s narration is infuriating as well. Seriously, I try to avoid mysoginistic terms and slangs, but that one is a grade A c*nt.

    Because some celebrities manage to bounce back to their “before” figures quicker than MOST women after their pregnancies, now there are jerks thinking every single woman out there (famous or not) is able/supposed to do the same.


    • only1shmoo says:

      I hear you (and don’t worry, I’ve dropped a few C-bombs too, heh heh).

      The sad reality is that more and more pregnant women are obsessing over their “baby fat” and trying to keep it to a minimum. I live in a place that’s teeming with superficial people, and you would be shocked at how many pregnant women are on diets; OK, don’t eat an entire freakin’ carrot cake because you’re “eating for two”, but don’t pretend that you and your baby can function on 1/2 a salad nicoise per day either >: (

      Holy Krishna indeed!

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Yeah, Eve, whoever (whomever?) added those elephant sounds needs to be punched in the throat. So rude.

  37. Nanea says:

    It’s no wonder there are so many people out there suffering from body dysmorphia, if not even a new mother is allowed to take her time in losing her pregnancy weight. Not everyone can boast bouncing backs days after being delivered of a pillow.

    Aish was always the best-looking face of L’Oréal on the Cannes red carpet, bar none.

  38. Susan says:

    She is absolutely stunning, regardless of her weight. That being said, it looks like they found the most unflattering picture they could, it looks like she’s just kind of shifting around in the back seat and pulled her head back…. Victoria Beckham would have looked heavier in that position!

  39. madpoe says:

    Aishwarya Rai. Perfect before baby. Perfect after baby! Shut up haters!

  40. Mrs.Robinson says:

    Guess it’s harsh consequences for me because as pretty as she is, I don’t know who she is. *shrug* I’d like to place some blame on these super skinny models that have babies and come back looking so trim. If the media didn’t go into orgasmic fits at how awesome they are about starving themselves, then Ms. Rai wouldn’t be criticized. The one I feel sorry for is Bryce Dallas Howard.

  41. badrockandroll says:

    The hilarious thing is the context: she was criticized for not getting pregnant fast enough, now she’s being criticized for not losing weight fast enough. She’s almost 40, so soon she’ll be criticized for being too old for Bollywood. Poor girl can’t win.

  42. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    In the photo where her hair is pulled back, Aishwarya looks like Yasmin Bleeth from Baywatch.

  43. tonina says:

    One of the sad things is that I used to think that India is the last bastion of where “normal” sized are considered ok.

    I enjoy watching 80s and 90s Indian movies (Inspecter Vijeey!), and all the women are beautiful, athletic (well, they ought to be, all the dancing!) and such a contrast to Hollywood types.

    Often times on television, they will have a Hollywood film followed by a Bollywood film. The contrast is very jarring.

  44. Gene Parmesan says:

    Very disgusting attitude

  45. Les says:

    People should get a freaking life and stop minding everyone elses’s business. Get a life people!!! Freaking idiots!!

  46. Ginger says:

    It’s a story like this and the reigning opinions in popular politics as of late that make me think our women’s rights movement has not come very far since the suffragettes of the 1920′s and the women’s movement to work since the 60′s and 70′s. We are still held up to impossible standards and told by men what/how our bodies should and should not be governed. It’s just not right. I’m really shaking my head.

    • taylor says:

      I agree. And, as has been mentioned in several other posts by commenters here, I’m especially dismayed because I feel that people (and young women/teen girls in particular) seem to think that sexism doesn’t exist anymore and there’s no need for feminism. It makes me really anxious about the future of politics, society and women in general. World-wide, too, not just in the States. Sigh.

      • jesstar says:

        So true. What’s worse is that the younger generation think the start of puberty is when you should start selling your “sexiness” for popularity, i.e. sexy face/scantily clad facebook pics, sexting, etc. instead of character, integrity, personality & intelligence. (Generalization there, I know not the entire generaton). The current message in our society is not fostering a healthy attitude about sex and femininity.

  47. Green_Eyes says:

    I think she always has been and always will be GORGEOUS! Love her eyes…

  48. madashell says:

    You try cranking out your first kid in your late 30′s and see how fast you get back to doing anything. This is a beautiful woman: it brightens my day just to look at her. I guess gossipmongerers are the same the world over: since I’ve personally said unkind things about other celebs that I don’t like so much, I can’t moralize. But I want to.

  49. TheOriginalVictoria says:


    She still looks ten times better than the average person.

    So now post-pregnancy weight is the equivalent of being fat an lazy. What the fuck world do these people live in. I propose that when we find another suitable planet to destroy, we may all the loons go there and let the reasonable people stay here.

  50. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    The world isn’t as progressive as it should be but she’s got a good life and doesn’t need to countenance this junk from strangers–she’s lovely. But the greater career killer for her would be a tan, not a pound. With that sort of dusk, she would be entering the twilight era of her popularity. There’s ‘depressing’ for you.

    To conclude: There’s always lots of crap to hate.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:

      Oh no you didn’t go there!

      • LAK says:

        @Originalvictoria: – Ash Rai does not have a milky white complexion. She stands out against her competition for the type of roles she plays ie Heroine/Damsels in distress. Google the actresses we are talking about upthread to see the other girls. Most of the time she is lit very bright to appear lighter so it can be a surprise when you see her in person or when you see her in English language films where that consideration has not been made.

        Unfortunately in Bollywood, skin tone matters. It typecasts people so that all the Heros/Heroines are milky white and skinny and all the peasants/Villians/comedy turns are darker skinned and possibly fat. A tan for a lighter skinned girl can be a career killer if she’s aiming for Heroine status [the biggest stars aim for this].

        Only Ash Rai and Shah Rukh Khan have made the switch in recent times. Ash mainly because she did not go straight into Bollywood but made her name in the Southern India film industry where complexion isn’t a big deal before switching to bollywood.

        Skin lightening creams/products are some of the best selling beauty products in India with billboards every where telling people they should be ‘lighter’.

        In London, you hear stories of Indian girls not being eligible for marriage because they are ‘dark’. There is a concerted effort to get these products off the shelf, but if you know where to look in the African/Asian areas, you can find them.

      • TheOriginalVictoria says:

        Uhhh I’m not sure where the rest of my comment went.

        But I am certainly aware of how things work in India.

        And I had under that comment +4354353354 because I know Jo spoke absolute truth and she and I have discussed this on many different threads.

    • StopKiddingYourself says:

      She went there, and she is 100% correct. And thank you for writing that. Perhaps it is a topic for another day.

    • Masque says:

      Right??? I was shocked last year when Freida Pinto discussed the fact that lighter skin is preferable in India. I had never heard that was an issue there and did a little research about it.

      I’m still shocked over those beautiful women and the drastic measures they go to to lighten their beautiful dark skin.

      But as horrified as I was by that, I never thought I’d hear about anyone complaining about the Indian stars being overweight! Heck, their curves are part of why they are so beautiful. No offense to Victoria Beckham but quite frankly, I don’t think she’s all that attractive. Too skinny, too obsessed with her image.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        True, true. My knowledge here is limited, so if anyone could tell me if there are physical differences between the item girl and the heroine I’d love to learn.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Wow..amazing because there is nothing more stunning to me than dark skin and light eyes. So does the cultural bias exist because many Indians are dark-skinned and being light-skinned makes you “different”? Or is it just that they covet a more Western look?
        I have olive complexion but I always wished I had a Rihanna skin tone. Nothing againt my beautiful pale sisters but I’ve never longed for lighter skin, that’s for damn sure. Hard to imagine…

      • LAK says:

        @JO ‘Mama’ – There is very little physical difference between an item girl and a heroine. The difference is what they do. Item girls only do a song and dance number that has no correlation to what you are watching and leave. Think of it as a dance break. ps: – did you know that Ashanti did an item number in BRIDE & PREJUDICE? Depending on their fan base and or behind the scenes manouvering, an item girl can parlay herself into a heroine. Most famous Item girl is Shilpa Shetty. They make a lot of money for those item numbers, so sometimes they are happy just to do that.

        A heroine/Hero is the ultimate role to be played by any actor in a bollywood film. Physically the women/girls have to be beautiful, skinny, milky white Complexion. ditto the males, these days with Muscled physique eg Salman Khan or Hrithik Roshan.

        Every actor in bollywood wants to be a hero/heroine because that is where stardom/big money lies.

        With regards the Hero/Heroine role, it is all in the description. The hero rescues the heroine from whatever situation she finds herself in. He can single handedly take on any obstacle etc you get the drift.

        The Heroine is simply there to be rescued. Even if she starts out being all feisty etc, she always, always gets rescued, usually after being in a perilous situation organised by the villian.

        Does that help?

      • marie says:

        learn something new every day, never thought that would be an issue..

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        It does help and I really appreciate the thoughful response you gave me. Thank-you! I sort-of recently was able to watch a documentary on CBC over the internet and it spoke to what you’ve told here. My information is going get a bit choppy here because: I can’t remember the name of the documentary but I do know that it was featured as an installment of a series about India in the 21st century. I was able to stream it but I honestly don’t know if someone outside of Canada could gain access to the site, but if you can I think you should look it up because it was very interesting. There are two main CBC documentary series, one is called DocZone and the other is The Passionate Eye. Naturally, I can’t remember which station aired it.

        Thanks, again.

  51. Abby says:

    One of the things I lived about watching Bones and In Plain Sight this season is that both Mary and Emily didn’t lose their baby weight and still were on tv, kicking ass, no issue. It made me love them more, like they weren’t hiding post pregnancy or doing crazy workouts or something to get back to pre-baby. They were like, gasp, normal women.

  52. machiavelli says:

    She is no Angelina Jolie. I don’t particularly care about The Jolie. At least, Jolie has credibility with her UN work, to semi-balance her crazy. What has Rai done other than look coy? She is a disgrace to strong Indian women. She is phony and pretentious. The fact that she is endorsed by Oprah says it all.

    Rai cannot act her way out of a paper bag. The costumes, make-up, jewellery makes her look stunning. No doubt. The most beautiful woman? No way. My grandmother with her wisdom, strength, and many wrinkles is the most beautiful woman I know.

    And yes, she can lose her pregnancy weight when she damn well pleases.

  53. lila says:

    She’s beautiful in all those pictures. And quite frankly, Jessica Simpson, who gained a lot of pregnancy weight, and surely is going to need awhile to take it off, looked far happier and more comfortable with herself during the pregnancy than Posh did. Maybe they should make that comparison. Gah.

  54. Reece says:

    First and foremost, she’s beautiful. (Should be) End of discussion.
    Since it isn’t…Why should these a-holes care? She can loose the weight in her own time.
    Also she’s throwing her head back in that picture everybody has a double chin when they do that. Those people criticizing her need to STFU.

  55. sup says:

    i think their critics can fuck off unless they have been pregnant and/or half as gorgeous as she is. in summary, they can fuck off

  56. Green is Good says:

    Bashing a woman for not shedding her pregnancy weight fast enough for her alleged “Fans”. Pathetic.

  57. Hubbahun says:

    One of the most beautiful women, inside and out, on this earth. Whatever weight. Love, love, LOVE her. anyone criticising her for her weight needs to STFU. No doubt it’s some jealous, ugly as shit twat.

  58. Jaxx says:

    This shaming is one western import Indian women need to send right back! And I’d like to know which picture is the fat one? The big hat pic? She still looks fabulous in that one too. Softer maybe, but still fabulous. Whoever is writing these articles ought to hang their heads in shame. To attack a woman like this is just pathetic and sick.

    And yes, I’m one of those who lost their baby weight in less than six weeks. BUT, I was also 21 years old, NOT 38, so I expect it was easier for me at that age to lose weight quickly. But this bullying of women who have just given birth is simply shameful.

  59. Kim says:

    She just had a baby and should concentrate on motherhood and ignore all the haters. They are just jealous.

    TRUE fans would support her being a mother, the most beautiful thing in the world, and not care about her current weight. She looks beautiful.

  60. Jan says:

    I have always found her to be breathtaking and the fact that she is taking her time to lose the weight makes her more beautiful in my eyes.

  61. Jaxx says:

    I just watched that elephant video and I can’t believe anyone could watch that and then criticize Ash. That was the bitchiest, most mean spirited piece of work I’ve ever seen. The narrator’s voice was filled with viciousness and envy as she GLOATED over a beautiful woman’s “fall” from the heights of beauty. Yes, Ash looks a little chubby while pregnant–there’s no doubt she didn’t follow in Bey’s shoes and have someone else gain the weight for her. The full face and rounded body show she’s not too proud to use her beautiful body in nature’s service. And yet she is mocked? I’m truly ashamed of humanity.

    This is a sad day in womanhood that every woman in the world is not up in arms that she is treated to this. Just shows how much envy and malice there is toward gorgeous woman that so many would endorse this shameful conduct.

  62. Isa says:

    Maybe she’s breastfeeding and finding that it doesn’t melt the weight off like everyone tells you. I know it works for some women but it sure didn’t for me. I just stopped and now I’m not as hungry as I was all the time and I have more energy.
    She has no duty to anyone to look a certain way. She is beautiful as she is.

  63. deep says:

    She’s beautiful. People are so mean. Give her a minute..she actually carried AND gave birth to her child. It takes a while to get back into shape when you REALLY do it yourself. Unlike others..who’s names I will not mention. :)

  64. some bitch says:

    One of these days a woman is going to end up dying from trying to lose baby weight too quickly.

    Victoria Beckham looks horrible. Yes, she’s pin thin and stylish, but she’s not aging well and her expression reminds me of something you’d see in photographs of freed prisoners at Auschwitz. Gross comparison, but it’s the only one I could think of.

    Anyway, Aishwarya looks gorgeous. Screw the haters, let her lose the weight at her own pace. It’s her body after all…

  65. jesstar says:

    This just makes my stomach turn. She’s one of the most beautiful faces to grace fim and that’s that. People who are celebrating her pregnancy weight as a chance to vilify her are the sad, pathetic, and disgusting creatures. And of course they are jealous, ugly, haters. LOL!

  66. foozy says:

    she’s too beautiful to let go of herself like that.

  67. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    @Machiavelli – What did you say? She is a disgrace to Indian women? How can you say that? Do you have any proof? Any reason? For your kind information, she is the pride of India and Indian women. She is a symbol of an ideal woman. We love her the way she is. She is NOT a pretentious woman. You can never find her doing silly things like taking drugs, partying wild. She is just like every other girl. She is beautiful both inside and out. You don’t know anything about her. She never shouts about all the charities, and all the good work she has been doing from the time she became Miss World. Don’t be so jealous of her. And don’t bad mouth about anybody who you don’t really know.

  68. Reba says:

    I never found her pretty let alone beautiful, beak noses are not pretty.

  69. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    God! I’m so sick of these people who make issue of weight gain. And here is someone who has given birth just few months back. Gosh! Our society is becoming so mean. Don’t they know how important is it for a woman to stay healthy after giving birth? So what if Ash hasn’t lost postpartum weight? So does every other woman. It’s totally normal.

  70. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    @Reba… Beak noses? Lol! She doesn’t have a beak nose, first of all. And by that you mean everybody in this world having a beak nose is ugly? So mean of you.

  71. SmartGirlsAlwaysWinInTheEnd says:

    Good for Aishwarya! She’s thinking about her own health as well as the health of the baby (because I assume she’s breast feeding).

    Because, you see, when women ACTUALLY HAVE their babies,(*Beyawnce, cough, cough,you, cough, plastic phony,cough) weight loss occurs slowly, and naturally…

  72. Gretchen says:

    “She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit”

    oh eye roll. She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty when she is acting in a Bollywood film to be professional and perform her character to the best of her ability. End of.

    She was, is and always will be absolutely breathtaking to look at. I’m so glad she has a healthy attitude about losing the weight in her own time, hell I hope she doesn’t even bother trying to lose the weight and just focuses on being happy and healthy.

  73. Nina says:

    India is the most multiethnic country in the world, there is no one bodytype, nor would her look be considered “anglicized” (granted her eye color is uncommon) depending on your specific origin in India. People attempt to use the term “Indian” to simplify not one race but a multiracial country. Shouldn’t we be better informed by now? As a Northern Indian I am sick of travelling to places that are unaware of the fact that we don’t all look like Mindy Kaling and being asked about my ethnic origin and then being asked “East Indian and what?” Neither Aishwarya nor Mindy or anyone in between should be treated like some sort of anomoly or mutation from the “Indian norm.” No such thing exists.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Listen, I get your frustration and I genuinely do appreciate the info because I’m one of those people who probably uses “Indian” as a blanket term and I do usually associate Indian looks with darker skin. I’ll stop doing that now. But don’t we do that for all countries, including the US? I’m sure the same thing happens if, say, a Latino from the US travels to another country. People are used to the American stereotype of chiclet teeth, blonde hair, and a certain way of speaking/dressing. I think it’s unfair to blame people for knowing only what is perpetuated in the media. The problem is that we, as Americans, don’t have a ton of exposure to Indian culture and honestly the 23 hour plane ride to India doesn’t make it the most popular travel destination. Anyway, I do appreciate the education, I just think that the stereotypes you’re battling aren’t really unique to just India.

      • Nina says:

        I am not American (where there are more South Indians compared to North?), I am Canadian where the vast majority (like above 90%) of East Indians are Northern – Punjabi. I understand what you are saying about exposure, but at the same time here you and I are communicating-probably worlds apart and it is not that difficult in this day and age to be better informed about people (you certainly don’t have to get on a plane). And as for media exposure, the fact that there is a well known “Mindy” and “Aishwarya” should in of itself lead people to understand that “Indians” are more than banal stereotypes. And when someone says “Latino” I think of everything under the sun from Sofia Vergara’s natural blond hair to Dayanarra Torres’ blue eyes to Salma Hayek’s gorgeous dark eyes. I have never put a person let alone a diverse demographic into a one size fits all box.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:

      But sadly you did not include Zoe Saldana or Gina Torres or Christina Milian or any other Blatina, which means we still have a long way to go don’t we?

      • LAK says:

        or Camron Diaz and MArtin Sheen and sons.

      • Nina says:

        Thank you for further reinforcing my point, that if you look you will find incredible diversity in a supposedly “uniform” group: both fair like Cameron or darker like Zoe. And I do agree with both of your points that both ends of the spectrum are often ignored for a “safe middle.” I chose Sofia and Dayanarra as ONE deliberate counter example to the stereotypes, I never implied that there weren’t others.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        The Blatinas in NY were shocked that I was Latina because I was white – my coloring is similar to Demi Moore, I’m not blond. I reminded them that the entire countries of Spain and Portugal are white.

        I grew up in an area where the Latinos were Mexican and Cuban so I’ve always been aware of Blatinos but I bet most people on the West Coast are not.

        There is a long way to go.

        @LAK – please don’t remind me about the Sheens – we tend to disown them. I was once reading some racist BS about “dating your own kind” it was about black and white as usual but I was like “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO then I would have to date a Sheen! (white Hispanic).”

    • ZenB!tch says:

      Is Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina, Northern Indian? She looks more like me than she does Mindy but reading this it seems that the range in India is similar to the one in Latin America. I have cousins who look like Mindy (well except they are guys).

      In the US most Indians must be Southern Indians, there are a lot of Indians in LA and 90% look like Mindy.

    • Nina says:

      Nikki Haley is Punjabi Northern Indian, her maiden name is the same as my mother’s.

    • Nasi says:

      India is the most multiethnic country IN THE WORLD?? Pahh… come to Indonesia and we’ll show you multiethnic! Having more than 200 different ethnic languages all in the one country can surely testify to its diverseness, not to mention its different cultures and the races living here (from the Malays, Chinese, Indians to the dark Papua people) but we’re proud to say, we are all INDONESIANS!! Salam….

  74. skuddles says:

    Who gives a sh*t if she hasn’t dropped all the baby weight? It’s not like she’s unhealthy heavy. And nice to see she’s not a typically vain celeb who felt compelled to drop all the weight the moment she gave birth.

  75. Minxx says:

    ‘Good Grief! Is her body a national property for people to comment that she “owes” it to her fans to get back in shape fast? I’ve never heard anything more revolting. Besides,I do not see the “shocking weight gain” they’re talking about. She just looks like a new mom and it’s refreshing to see that she’s not a self-centered, control freak a la Victoria Beckham.

  76. Mew says:

    Wow, the critisism is so ridiculous and harsh. She dissapoints people by not being size zero in few days after birth? She is a bad person for not dieting like Victoria Beckham? Totally effed up.

  77. Random Devotchka says:

    She is one of the most beautiul women in the world and she still is, post-baby. This is all so silly!

  78. Stubbylove says:

    I remember seeing Aishwarya in The Last Legion and thinking she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen – and she still is. Back the Hell Off.

  79. Mich says:

    I can’t believe Devdas hasn’t been mentioned on this thread. The most stunning Bollywood movie ever and Ash is AMAZING in it. For that matter, so is Madhuri Dixit.

    Ash can do no wrong in my book and is forever the most gorgeous person on the planet in my mind. I’ve watched Devdas a million times and am going to pop it in again just now.

    Thanks Kaiser, I knew something was missing in my life and it is Devdas. Followed by Kal Ho Naa Ho.

  80. tracking says:

    So nice to read all these wonderful, supportive comments. Go, ladies!

  81. Michele says:

    I don’t know who she is but she’s very beautiful. It’s a shame women are feeling the pressure to drop the extra pregnancy pounds so soon after giving birth these days. The bar has been raised so high recently that I fear some women may be putting themselves and their nursing newborns at risk for potential health problems by dropping too much weight too soon. It’s nice to see an actress not get so caught up in this ridiculous trend.

  82. the original bellaluna says:

    She is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and needs to tell people to f*ck off! That’s just ridiculous.

    I loved her in Bride & Prejudice and The Last Legion (plus yummy Colin Firth!)!

  83. Shaz says:

    hmmmm…fair weather fans. I admire her for not worrying about all the negative nellies

  84. Addison says:

    PATHETIC is the way I describe the people who are making those types of videos and comments.

    I know very little about Aishwarya, but I think she is just stunning! She has always had great curves but by Hollywood standards she is probably too heavy, because Hollywood is filled with skeletons.

    This woman needs to be left alone! Shame on those who are critical of her. Even with her weight she is still more beautiful than her critics because I have seen a few interviews with her and she is just a lovely human being. Together with her physical beauty and you get an incredible human being.

    Thanks for posting this. I had no idea this was going on.

  85. galaxygirl says:

    LOVE HER! Bride & Prejudice :D One of the Worlds Greatest BeautY & Talent.

  86. mimi says:

    What do you mean “this is not how indian women look”?

    She looks like an indian woman. She does not look Anglo.

    What do indian women look like? There is such a wide variety of looks to indian women.

    Her features are all indian. Very indian. There’s nothing ambiguous about her looks.

  87. Abby says:

    I just want to take a moment to give props to the women on Bones and In Plain Sight who both just had babies (Emily D and Mary M) and both carried on filming their TV shows looking like they just had babies. It was totally refreshing to see an actress on tv who didn’t feel a need to be back to pre baby weight when they started working again.

  88. ZenB!tch says:

    I think Indian women are some of the most beautiful in the world. I am not sure what the ideal Indian body type is. I am curious because I think they are so beautiful.

    I am not sure what I think of this because I don’t know how Bollywood compares to Hollywood. With Hollywood actresses, I *expect* them to lose the weight ASAP because I think it’s part of their job description to look in-human and they are not holding up their end of the bargain. They get paid $10+ million per picture and have access to nutritionists, trainers, etc. They should not even gain baby weight (as in no more than 20lbs). They chose this life and they need to hold up their end. Especially since so few are as beautiful as Aishwarya Rai.

    Yet I don’t hate her… why is that?

  89. tmbg says:

    Good grief, the Indian media makes our programs seem tame!

    I’ve always thought she was one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, and she still is.

    Honestly, if I was a celebrity, I’d be suicidal within a week. The speculation, criticism, rumors and other crap would destroy me.

  90. ZenB!tch says:

    Web pages have to make money but I don’t need to be privy to it. Get Ad Block Plus (Chrome and FireFox) and Ghostery (all browsers).

    I haven’t seen an add in months.

  91. EscapedConvent says:

    Oh for God’s sake. Aishwarya Rai is a gorgeous, gracious woman whatever her size. I cannot believe that nasty, bitchy video! The woman narrating it was sneering–with her darts about the baby weight, & then their most clever feature–elephant trumpeting. Really? Are we so distorted now about women’s bodies that we are actually ridiculing someone who had a baby 6 months ago because she is not “back to size zero.” Also, if I don’t get a break from hearing about f***ing size zero, I’m going to start breaking windows. To the critics: Leave this beautiful lady alone & worry about your own double chins.

  92. Jennifer12 says:

    People are so damn critical. She doesn’t owe anyone except her baby a damn thing. They revere her for her beauty and then love to tear it down. If she really looked like Angelina, she’d have veins sticking out of her arms and stick legs.

  93. kabri481 says:

    God forbid a woman feels comfortable with herself. God forbid a woman actually looks like an actual woman and not an anorexic teen. So disgusted by todays society.

  94. Violet says:

    Losing weight after having a baby is much harder and more time-consuming than simply removing a pillow, FFS.

    In any case, she’s gorgeous at any size. Her detractors — who are either blind, jealous and/or have body issues — should STFU.

  95. lisa says:

    Let’s see this thread is about her being attacked for not loosing baby weight. And here again Angelina is being brought up. WhY? as I recall Angie has not just had a baby. Her twins are almost 4 year old. And we didn’t see Angie for almost 5 months after having her babies.

    but again this topic that is not about her she is getting attacked. LOL Damn the woman can’t catch a break even when the discussion has not a thing to do with her.

    but that is the usual here. Some people really have a problem regarding Angelina. Can’t stop bringing her up not matter the thread or discussion. Always to get in that dig..

    a bit sick

  96. Mimi says:

    I agree, she’s a beautiful woman. Leave her alone!!

  97. Meanchick says:

    She is a gorgeous woman and it angers me that women have that pressure put on them. That video was horrible. Is it suppposed to shame her into losing weight? The snarky bitch making the comments was enjoying herself a bit too much. Women harm their bodies with starvation and pills because of attitudes like this. Tells her how much her ‘fans’ really care about her, eh?

  98. Queen of Superficial says:

    Aishwarya Rai still a beauty for me. Actually I must praise her for not getting back so soon her normal weight, and focusing on her baby. She may create a revolution on how we perceive celebs after giving birth. They are not obligated to their audience to look perfect in maxim a month after giving birth.
    Perhaps Aishwarya doesn’t intend to go back to showbiz anytime soon, I understand she’s taking a break now. It’s her business what she’s doing to her body, her life, her weight, her everything.

  99. Viv says:

    Aish is pretty but I never thought she was an outstanding actress. Shahrukh was the one who carried Devdas IMHO. She is beautiful but never stroke me as a warm or humble or fun person like Preity or Kajol. She should take all the time in the world to lose any weight she wants. Deepika and Pryanka will be happy to get some plum roles while Aish can be happy being a mom who can eat whatever she likes whenever she likes. No one said anything about Abisheks little belly.

  100. gum says:

    I don’t think she is drop dead gorgeous or anything.She is ok. But babay weight does not look good but she should try,she is probably not even trying.So much fat is not good for health.She still looks ok but just not the leading actress material.

  101. Sarah says:

    Kudos for concentrating on her baby over her appearence!

  102. Anon73 says:

    she is beautiful but DANG she did blow up !! in a mean way, i am glad. it’s good to know even someone normally thin and gorgeous can get fat too :-)

  103. nicole says:

    anyone who feels she owes it to her fans to lose weight faster needs to learn that “Entitlement is not sexy”! She owes them nothing…it is her life, her pregnancy, her motherhood, her husband, to do what SHE feels is best for them…not her public whatever.

    I actually think some of these people have just been jealously waiting for something to finally be less than perfect about Rai so she will be more like them. She has led a perfect life, married the perfect man, has a perfect marriage and career and finally they have something they feel is a little less than perfect in their eyes. It’s a shame people are always looking for someone in the public eye to fall or fail at something so they can bash them…really sad. I hope Rai pays no heed to all those ignorant people who say she should lose weight faster and just goes on with her happy life and being the now perfect mother that I’m sure she is. I think she is still very beautiful and certainly just as perfect and beautiful in all the ways that truly matter in life. I really will never understand critical idiots like those who criticize her and other public figures. They need to get a life!

  104. Amanda_M87 says:

    Well my mom said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all so I’ll say this, she does have really pretty eyes.

  105. Gar says:

    ….and who is posh?

    Aishwarya Rai is a REAL WOMAN that puts her baby’s needs and health first before the crappy society’s wish. Oh Ash i adore you!

  106. FQ says:

    the clip which makes fun of her weight gain is disgusting, disturbing and moronic.

    she doesn’t look typical indian, rather mix race or mediterranean, even european.

  107. Francesca says:

    Very beautiful woman.Alas the price of fame.

  108. Fleur says:

    I definitely know who she is! She. Is. Gorgeous! Absurd that she’s getting flack for not looking as rail thin as Angelina –whereas Angelina gets criticized for being too thin! Just goes to prove the old adage you can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but never all the people all the time. No one will ever be completely happy with you so just stop caring

  109. Pam says:

    Pregnancy does different things to different women…I’m just glad to hear that she pulled through well and both her and her baby are healthy!

  110. Sue says:

    She looks even more beautiful!!
    i love hows shes embracing her curves! shes a real woman!

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