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Aishwarya Rai Criticized for Double Chin

 

It looks like Hollywood standards of beauty for new moms have reached the shores of India that not even former Miss World and one of Bollywood’s biggest stars was spared of the hurtful scrutiny.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who gave birth to her first child last November is now the object of ridicule and bashing for not losing her post-baby weight fast or soon enough.

The actress who has eluded the limelight after giving birth was recently seen at a red carpet event looking less than glamorous and fit as people were used to seeing her — in fact some people were even nasty enough to focus on her ‘double chin’ and say she looked nothing like the astronomical superstar she looked before she gave birth.

Aishwarya is being slammed even in her native India by film fans, on blogs, and in entertainment columns for not dropping her baby-weight fast enough, with many arguing the star, 38, has a “duty” to her supporters to keep up her image.

“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,” one video commenter sniped. Another suggested she “needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.”

Showbiz columnist Shobhaa De opined, “Aishwarya is like a goddess. 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 . . . this whole business of looking desperately skinny two weeks after giving birth is a Western import.”

Rai, for her part, said she just wants to “enjoy motherhood”– and not stress about the number on a scale.

At least no one is accusing Aishwarya of using a surrogate.

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