Bollywood's Rai criticized for baby weight 0
Former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hasn't rushed to trim down post baby. (REUTERS)
The preferential treatment gorgeous people often enjoy is a not so pretty fact of life. But when beauty icons suddenly fall off their pedestals, the disrespect, vitriol and spite they attract can be downright beastly.
Being one of India's most revered and famous women hasn't spared Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from being lambasted for her post-pregnancy figure. It seems that after a long and fruitful career as a model and beauty queen, the former Miss World has decided to slow down a little and enjoy motherhood after having a baby girl last November.
However, many have been unkind to the 38-year old icon, and the media is jumping all over the story. Rai is being accused of letting down fans because she hasn't shed her pregnancy weight quickly enough.
"There is a glorification of motherhood in India and Indian cinema," said media professor Shohini Ghosh. "But people are confused because they don't know whether to glorify Aishwarya in her new motherhood role or lament that she no longer looks like a runway model."
Judging by the cruel comments flooding the Internet, many 'fans' are opting for the latter category. And with fans like that who needs critics?
Mercifully, there are those who are lauding the star for putting her baby ahead of her career and keeping it real. "She is a real woman looking after a baby," read one comment. "We should be concerned for her health and happiness."
Rai has clearly stated weight loss is not an immediate priority, which has fuelled speculation as to how she'll appear at the Cannes Film Festival, which has just opened. Nothing's been said, but there is an expectation that she'll have magically morphed back into her radiant pre-pregnancy shape.
On the other hand, seeing Rai as a real woman could be an overdue reality check. And then, just maybe, women all over the world might feel a little more comfortable with their own bodies.
It probably won't happen. Resisting the whim and fancy of the masses is hard work. But here's to hoping.
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