Aishwarya Rai shows off her weight loss in Elie Saab in Cannes: gorgeous?

At last year’s Cannes film Festival, Aishwarya Rai rode into town on a storm of controversy. Rai gave birth to a daughter, Aaradhya, in November 2011 and by the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Rai hadn’t lost the baby weight. So the Indian papers went crazy calling her “fat” and saying that she was letting down her country by not keeping it tight or whatever. It was very depressing, and Rai did stay pretty covered-up throughout the CFF last year.

Well, she came back this year because she’s still a L’Oreal brand ambassador and because Cannes is celebrating 100 years of Bollywood. And guess what? Aishwarya lost the baby weight. She wore Elie Saab on the red carpet for Inside Llewyn Davis last night, and she looked gorgeous. Can this be over now? Can we stop talking about her weight now? I think the Indian media didn’t really know how to handle it last year – their celebrity gossip culture was and is very possessive of “their” stars, and it seemed to really bother people that one of their brightest stars didn’t look perfectly camera-ready. I hope Aishwarya didn’t take any of the criticism to heart.

I’m also including some pics of Rai with her little girl, who is probably… what? About a year-and-a-half old. Indian babies!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Abra says:

    Good for her! She looks beautiful.

  2. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    I can’t get over how stunning her eyes are.

  3. Tania says:

    She was beautiful then, she is beautiful now. People need to back off. For many, it takes time to get your body back after a baby. Better to take care of yourself and do it in a healthy way than to starve yourself and spend 6 hours a day in the gym.

  4. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Beautiful. Oddly enough she’s giving me a bit of a Marion Cotillard vibe here.

    I hope she lost weight for herself and not because of all that BS bullying.

  5. aims says:

    She’s stunning! It bothers me that we live In a culture that easily criticized a woman for not being stick thin as soon as the baby comes out. She is a stunning women, no matter what size she is. I think it’s time we give each other a break. On a related note, I want to kiss her daughter’s cheeks. How adorable is she?

  6. Tiffany says:

    I guess iI am in the minority because I thought she was beautiful last year. The woman’s beauty is….ethereal.

  7. Mirella says:

    She’s stunning no matter what her weight is.

  8. Abby says:

    She was gorgeous last year and gorgeous this year. I’ve always liked her.

  9. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    She looks like Angelina.

  10. Tessa says:

    She’s beautiful, no doubt, but I’m not one of those that see her as the MOST beautiful woman to ever walk the earth, ever. Adriana Lima is prettier to me, if we’re going by crazy beautiful eyes, and Marion Cotillard.

    • Christina says:

      Agree. Of course she’s beautiful, but imho she’s too doll-like to be THE most beautiful.

    • GoodCapon says:

      +1! And don’t forget that green-eyed Afghan girl who graced the cover of Time (well she’s not exactly a celebrity, but you get my point)

      But to be fair it’s the media who branded Rai as the “most beautiful” in her prime.

      • Sumodo1 says:

        …pretty good memory but it was National Geographic.

      • LAK says:

        To be fair, she won Miss World in 1994….

        The ‘most beautiful woman in the world’ wasn’t a media label to begin, but a very clever PR branding campaign that took advantage of a fortuitous quote made by Julia Roberts.

        What happened is that Julia met Ash at a festival about a decade ago when she was still being introduced as former Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai to western media. During the festival, Julia was asked about their meeting and she declared her the most beautiful woman in the world.

        Ash’s PR people took that quote and sent it out with every subsequent press release. Usually attaching Julia’s name to it. This was a time when Julia’s star power was at it’s height, and take her quotes were taken as gold.

        Repeated usage of the quote eventually made the label stick. her press releases don’t use Julia’s name anymore, but they still come with the quote.

      • Mel says:

        In Afghanistan, grey-green-bluish eyes are actually not uncommon.
        In India – they are extremely uncommon.
        The genetic makeup of the population is entirely different.

      • Nina says:

        Blue/green eyes are extremely common in NORTH India Mel, we don’t all look like Mindy Kaling. Get your head out of your ass.

        As for the genetic makeup; northern Indians like Middle easterners and Europeans are Caucasian. So how are we “genetically” different?

    • BlackMamba says:

      I don’t know how one person can be determined to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Same can be said about countless other people and not just celebrities. It could be Angelina Jolie or Jlo or that girl from a remote village in Africa or those Lebanese girls that I went to school with, they’re all beautiful in their own way. So yeah I don’t get it.

      • Christina says:

        As goodcapon says, it was a media label, and it seems to have stuck. But of course you are right – there are so many varieties of beauty that it’s impossible to say that ONE woman – or man – is the most beautiful. Especially as none of us know what any of them REALLY look like!

  11. Indira says:

    Too be fair, the Indian papers go crazy at pretty much everything so this was just a normal news day. :/ The industry here is hysterical. This gown looks like something Nina Dobrev would rock.

  12. Dhavynia says:

    Maybe to you but fat or not she’s more stunning than a lot of Hollywood lollipops

  13. Just me says:

    She’s like an Indian Vivien Leigh. So beautiful.

  14. RobN says:

    Well, I wasn’t sure if these pictures were this years or last, so I’m not sure she’s really taken it off. Very pretty, though, either way.

  15. Faye says:

    I’ve loved her for ages, so I’m glad to see her out and about. I really felt for her with all the negative media she got during her post-baby weight gain period — it was vicious, and being in the public eye must have made it doubly hard.

    Her daughter is so cute. And she is definitely daddy’s girl in looks. No denying that kid is a Bachchan!

  16. Ai says:

    Don’t get the hate. She is truly a beautiful woman, no matter what size. Critics of her baby weight should just hush. Not every woman deals with losing baby weight the same way and I give her props for being healthy about it. Her baby is adorable.

  17. OriginallyBlue says:

    She is so friggin beautiful.

  18. k says:

    I find her more depressingly beautiful than any Victoria’s Secret model. Otherworldly.

  19. only1shmoo says:

    I never cease to be amazed at how incredibly beautiful this woman is…it’s almost unearthly.

  20. JC says:

    The dress isn’t flattering. That said, this woman is drop-dead gorge, and always will be. She could weigh 300 lbs and she’d still be far-and-away prettier than 98% of actresses working today. She’s seriously stunning.

  21. Joy says:

    I bet Tracy Anderson would have had a meltdown over this one. Rai is flawless.

  22. Shaunes says:

    Yep, She deserves the title of most beautiful. Better then Gwenyth Palthrow.

  23. Mew says:

    She’s very beautiful, has always been.

  24. Bianca says:

    Aw, her daughter is insanely cute!

  25. Aud says:

    I’ll never understand why a big deal was made about her weight.
    She would have to be one of the world’s most beautiful women – irrespective of whatever weight she was or currently is.

  26. Lisa says:

    Nice eyes, but I don’t get the hype. She’s too standoffish.

  27. Mimi says:

    Her daughter is so cute.
    Unfortunately India is cruel to those with darker skintones. I’ve already read a few comments by indians at other sites where they say cruel things about this angelic cutie.
    Just because she doesn’t fit into the narrow minded beauty standards and didn’t inherit her mothers green eyes and light skin. Ugh.

    • Lisa says:

      I know India favours fair skin, but I thought that she was light, hence her extra appeal to Westerners. They want her lighter than that?!?

      • Mimi says:

        I know, it’s crazy isn’t it? They call Freida Pinto dark, it’s like “wtf?”.
        These “dusky beauties” are apparently only beautiful (to indians) when they are as light as Ash. Freida gets so much hate from indians it’s insane, she’s talked about it too and how she would have never made it in bollywood because she’s too dark according to their standards. The majority are as dark as Freida so i don’t get the hate, lots of self hate being projected.

        Edit: To clarify, I am talking about Ash’s daughter and how some indians thinks she’s too dark and doesn’t look like Ash. Yes she favors her father but she is still adorable! She’s just a little darker than her mom and has brown eyes *shock horror!* as if that’s the worst thing in the world ::rolls eyes::

      • LAK says:

        Ash isn’t as light as you think.

        Perhaps because she mostly plays heroines, which in Indian cinema means almost always a very light skinned actress, so i was very surprised at her skin tone in real life.

        She is a beauty though. whatever her skin tone, that remains.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        I am Indian with family still living in India and you are right Indians do like fair women but please don’t say missFrieda gets hate because of her skin colour. There are MANY Indian Bollywood actress that are dark skinned, Frieda gets hate because she is overrated, can’t act and normal girls walking down the street are more beautiful then her ( that’s why Indian s don’t get why Hollywood loves her looks). There are plenty more good looking and superb actress in Bollywood and that’s why she won’t be a hit or barely making as a model there. She can’t say this in India because she knows the truth so she makes this crap about discrimination. Seriously anyone who loves how Frieda looks should go to India because there will be goddesses waking down the street. Also she is not liked because she cheated on her fiancee with Dev Patel and refuse to even recognise him and accept that she was engaged when she started her affair with her now bf. Her poor finance was forced to show their engagement photographs to prove to media that he wasn’t lying.

        PS, Mrs rai was given crap because she is more famous for her looks and beauty then her acting, not that I agree with the criticism.

    • Emily says:

      She… does have light eyes and skin. Which does not make her more beautiful than if she had dark eyes and skin, but wtf? Is their perfect woman an albino?

  28. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Aww… her baby looks like my niece!

  29. Emily says:

    She looked perfect and stunning last year too. She does not look better now that she’s lost weight. She doesn’t look worse, either, because thankfully she doesn’t look skinny and unhealthy.

  30. WTF says:

    I think she’s BEAUTIFUL! She is still curvy and I like that. I hate the dress though. She’s really testing that ‘I can be beautiful in a paper bag’ theory. Fine girl, you are beautiful even in a paper bag.

  31. serena says:

    She always looks amazing.

  32. Boblula says:

    @ Mimi. That not 100% true
    There are Bollywood stars in India lighter then Aishwarya and have lighter eyes then her too.
    There are plenty of ‘dark’ skinned goddesses in Bollywood and they are all very well loved and worshipped by indian men. You don’t know anything.
    PS. Nobody hates Freida Pinto because of her skin tone. Her skin tone is not ‘dark’ at all. She never made it to Bollywood because she has no acting talent. She already is fading in Hollywood too. Its not self-hating. I don’t where that terms fits in here. She can’t act, it has nothing to do with her looks.
    You know, even in Hollywood most of the actresses are far more beautiful, talented and more apprciated then Freida is. Is that self-hating according to you?
    You can’t try to single a population of 1 billion people.

    • Angelic 20 says:

      I just said similar thing to Mimi above also as an Indian on why Frieda is not liked in India. Miss pinto is a work class fame whore, ungrateful bit*h who refused to recognise her fiancee ( who supported her financially when she was struggling as a model and actress )once she became famous but of course western media didn’t report this.

  33. Boblula says:

    There are many beautiful Bollywood women such as Priyanka Chorpa, Rani Mukerji, Bipasha Basu, Kajol, Chitendra Singh, Deepkia padoune, who are darker then Freida Pinto and they are top Bollywood actresses and are far beautiful the she is.
    Freida Pinto said that Indians like white skin only to get sympathy from Americans. She never made it to Bollywood because of her skin tone, its because she has zero acting skills.
    I have the same skin tone as Freida, nobody said anything like I am ugly, I will never make it whenever I visit my relatives in India. I like Rai + Other bollywood stars better not becuase of skin tone. Their features, their whole look, their talent is what I like. Freida? She is pretty sure, but thats all there is about her. She has no charisma, no real perosnality, no real talent.

  34. dj says:

    She is easily 1 of top 10 most beautiful women in the world. Gorgeous! No matter what her weight. Baby girl is beautiful too.

  35. rjennica says:

    IMO she is the most beautiful. I was trying to describe her when we went to see the Last Legion. He couldn’t quite understand what I was describing. When she came on the screen for the first time every person with eyes gasped. She is truly stunning. I do hope she lost the weight for herself as well. I gave birth in November 2011 and was definitely not at my prebaby by May 2012. Society puts too much emphasis on weight especially on new mothers. The body takes/needs time to heal. Remember that Kim Kardashian!

  36. some bitch says:

    She is absolutely stunning.

  37. Carolyn says:

    The fit and colour of the dress aren’t really flattering..Ash is gorgeous anyway.

  38. xoxokaligrl says:

    It soesnt look like she lost that much weight. Regardless she is one of the most beautiful women, even if she were to weigh 200 pounds.

  39. TOPgirl says:

    She is soo beautiful! I love love love her eyes. People need to chill about her weight, this is normal for every women after having a child.

  40. dahlianoir says:

    Can’t stand her acting, but, damn, what a classy woman :D

  41. A says:

    I don’t know if it’s an Indian thing criticizing ppl for their weight gain. I think the whole world indulges in fat shaming, ridiculing, and criticizing celebs that gain weight. Her situation is similar to Jessica Simpson. The world has become so obsessed with weight. Even in a country like India where curves are seen as beautiful on women & skinny is not attractive, the Indian media made a big deal of her weight. It just goes to show you how much the West & Hollywood has an influence on the world.

  42. MyLittlePony says:

    I remember when she was crowned Miss World back in 1994, and she was just so beautiful. She has not lost an ounce of it over the years. She and Marion Cotillard are the epitome of beauty to me.