Aishwarya Rai, a gorgeous Bollywood actress who has been dubbed the “most beautiful woman in the world” is garnering harsh criticism for not losing her baby weight fast enough.
In perhaps one of the most telling stories about the American obsession with weight, Rai has suffered the cruel attentions of the people of India, who are comparing her to Hollywood actresses like Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham, saying she should have lost the weight by now even though she just gave birth to her daughter in November.
“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,” one person commented on a photo of Rai that has made rounds on the web. The photo shows the actress before-and-after pregnancy and has sparked a wave of negative comments about her appearance.
“Aishwarya is like a goddess,” said columnist Shobhaa De.
“She is held up as the ideal of beauty and so there is an expectation on her to look perfect at all times.”
Rai has said she’s in no hurry to lose the baby weight and just wants to enjoy motherhood. She also recognizes that the American views on women’s bodies is pretty flawed and shouldn’t apply to everyone, and many are applauding her for it.
“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,” she said.
Supermodel Tyra Banks recently wrote an open letter to The Daily Beast regarding Vogue Magazine’s ban on anorexic-looking models, saying it’s a huge step for our culture to recognize that not every woman needs to be a size zero, and some go to extremes to attain an unnatural figure.