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I am fuming mad after reading about online criticisms on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s post-baby bod.

For those not in the know, Us Weekly has summed up the media furor succinctly:

… Aishwarya Rai Bachchan … is being slammed in her native India … for not dropping her baby-weight fast enough, with many arguing the star … has a “duty” to her supporters to keep up her image … a site posted a video of the actress, juxtaposing images of her pre- and post-baby–overlaid with the sound of elephants trumpeting. The clip has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

The former Miss World recently gave birth to a baby girl, and many netizens in her country are outraged that she did not hit the gym against doctor’s orders or starve herself immediately after creating a human being.
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In one of the vile articles I stumbled upon, it called her “Aunt”, and stated (exact quote):

So, Aishwarya Rai can disappoint to her fans and followers at Cannes Film Festival 2012 red carpet because of her fatty body. Well, we have no any long relation with her body or sexy curves…

It also recently published another article titled, “‘Fat’ Aishwarya Rai at Cannes 2012: How she has been accused of betraying her country for failing to lose her baby weight, I quote (errors and all):

… she is the most beautiful, famous and popular woman in the world … Sorry for say that she “is”, we would like to call her “she was”. She was known as “America’s Angelina Jolie, she was known as UK’s Victoria Beckham, but now, she is only known as an “aunt”, “fatty aunt.”… Becuase her weight gain after gave birth to her daughter has decreased her personlity, look and fame.

I was stunned with disbelief after reading the hateful comments, many of which are from members of the same gender. It is sad and so unfortunate that women can be so cruel to other women. How is it that people like Posh Spice are now the benchmark for a celebrity’s post-baby bod?! Let’s be honest here – Posh is all skin and bones, and that is hardly attractive. I don’t doubt it must have taken a lot of hard work to get back to a size zero, but for Posh to debut her pile of bones so soon after the delivery of her baby clearly indicates where her priorities lie. Personally, I think it is selfish for one to sacrifice the health of her baby (not to mention herself) for media approval.

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According to Northern Voices Online, people apparently could not believe that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would have the cheek to walk down the red carpet with all the “kilos of extra weight” on her:

Aishwarya Rai weight issue seems to have perplexed the whole nation … Following these reports of Aishwarya putting on weight when it was said that she would appear at Cannes and walk the red-carpet, there was sort of unbelief.

This is appalling and I am utterly disgusted. How can it not affect even the most confident of women? I can’t imagine how hurt Aishwarya Rai Bachchan must have been when all the nasty remarks made the headlines. She just had a baby for fuck’s sake, and her weight is, rightfully, the least of her worries and none of anyone’s bloody business! Her priorities are eating healthily and caring for her little one, and according to The Canadian Press, it looks like she is not one to succumb to pressure:

“I think in life it’s important to be healthy,” she explained. “I have always enjoyed my food and I have never been one for strict diets and I’m not taking any recommendations now either!”

She has admirably ignored the vicious remarks about her beautiful god-given assets, and gave her critics the middle finger by flaunting her healthy curves at Cannes film festival 2012. I couldn’t agree more with OneIndia’s article about changing attitudes:

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 … 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!!

Sadly, one of the blogs I have enjoyed reading for a long time, Vanity No Apologies, also contributed to the negativity:

They [referring to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s stylists] have made sure to cover up every inch of her skin to hide those flabs. And I’m RELIEVED that she got rid of her hideous double chin.

The blogger also wrote:

Many predicted she would stick to Indian designers since if there is anything in the world that can make you look graceful even if you are fat, its Indian 9mm saree… I think the dress does a great job for her body..obviously nothing can hide the fact that she IS over-weight, so no point trying.

Needless to say, I have unsubscribed myself as a follower as I simply cannot support the blog anymore.

 

xoxo

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