I’m not saying this is Bey’s fault, but I knew all the attention on her dropping her baby weight so quickly was going to spiral out of control with that type of rapid weight loss becoming expected for new mothers. She was hardly the first to do it but she’s been praised for it more than most, while on the other side of the globe, Bollywood star and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is being blasted for not losing her post-baby weight soon enough.
Indian tabloids have heavily criticized the 38-year-old blue-grey-eyed beauty with headlines like “SHOCKING! Fat Aishwarya Rai!” and “Aishwarya’s Baby Fat Woes!” in the seven months since the actress gave birth to her daughter and the general public hasn’t done much to calm the discussion. Most recently, a report by “Bollywood CIA” posted on YouTube put together before and after pictures of the star against the sound of an elephant trumpeting in the background. Comments from the 500,000 viewers have included:
“Instead of losing some of her flab after her delivery the Bachchan Bahu has gained 5 or 6 kilos…we think it is time she hire a good trainer to help her sweat it out in the gym.”
“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit”
“She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.”
“The woman is in the PUBLIC eye! Her baby is 7 months old and she looks like she gave birth yesterday! Not to mention she has a double chin! Sorry, many of us have had kids and WORKED hard to lose it. Motherhood doesn’t give you license to be overweight.”
“Wouldn’t have recognized her…is that really her in the taxi…too many kebabs.’
I can only imagine the emotional toil this has taken on the actress who Julia Roberts once said was “the most beautiful woman in the world” and who has always been revered for her looks. ABC points out though, that Aishwarya is not shying away from the spotlight just because of public opinion. She fully intends to walk the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival, which just began yesterday, with her daughter. But of course, this news has sparked even more discussion about what she could possibly wear given her post-pregnancy weight.
Stardom often comes with a heavy price but this shouldn’t be one of them. Putting this type of pressure on a new mother is unnecessary, especially when we know if she did snap back to a size 2 too soon, people would say she spent too much time in the gym with a personal trainer rather than being with her new baby. You really can’t win as a woman in Bolly- or Hollywood. Meanwhile Jessica Simpson is reportedly “excited” that she’s signed a $4 million deal here in the US to drop her baby weight ASAP using Weight Watchers. It never ends.
What do you think about all this pressure for new mothers to lose their baby weight immediately?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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