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‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’ Apparently Not Losing Her Baby Weight Fast Enough

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may have been crowned Miss World in 1994 and be the “world’s most beautiful woman,” according to Julia Roberts, but the Bollywood actress is now in the cultural doghouse about — what else — but weight gain. Yet unlike what Jessica Simpson endured prior to becoming pregnant with Maxwell Drew, Aishwarya had the audacity to have a baby and not shed those postpartum pounds at the speed of flippin’ light. How you have shamed us all, Aishwarya, with your shameful gluttonous post-baby ways.

Daily Mail reports that the 38-year-old mother spoke openly about not hopping right back on the treadmill the day after labor to actually “enjoy motherhood.” Online videos apparently critique the new mother’s weight gain, comparing her to an elephant, brimming with comments about how it is Miss World’s “duty” as a beauty icon to get skinny:

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

Shobhaa Dé, a columnist for the New York Daily News, describes this flagrant and demeaning attack on Aishwarya’s body as a “western import” to India thanks to the likes of Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie, and the innately anti-woman sentiment that ladies should be runway ready shortly after the birth of a baby. Fingers should really be firmly pointed not so much at the aforementioned women, but rather the warped press narrative that never hesitates to frame “baby weight” as a national crisis.

(photo: Vince Maher/WENN.com)