Seriously. Is it any of our business. Nope.
To look at the captions of all the pictures that have appeared in recent times about her public appearances and a strange video that shows her demurely draped in an Anarkali and half hidden behind her mother in law which was titled “Aishwarya’s shocking weight gain.”
I’m sure the ones who sit down typing these mean little headlines have never had their bodies balloon out through pregnancy into that of a stranger, and feel like they’re playing out a parody, wearing a fat suit. Nor have they had the experience of looking at their suddenly deflated belly in the mirror the morning after their delivery, C-sec and suddenly been overwhelmed by the sheer horrificness of the loose folds of skin hanging around loosely where once a baby had been snugly ensconced. I’m sure they’ve never been pumped up with hormones with daily and weekly shots, first to help conceive (I speak from my personal experience) and then to keep the pregnancy hanging in there which makes one balloon up to twice one’s regular size to start with and then add to it the baby poundage. And the complete lifestyle change that comes from being a new mother, where one forgets when one had last slept through the night, doesn’t know whether one is awake or is asleep and has rolled over the child and crushed the poor little thing. When the blues attack you so bad, that you break out into tears at the slightest thing, have no motivation to dress out and step into public, when you wish with all your guilty heart and mind that you could turn back the clock to pre baby time and lead the life you led without being attached to this mewling parcel of flesh, who is dependent on you for every little thing.
The first couple of months post pregnancy are hell. Let no one fool you or convince you otherwise. Its good enough if you emerge sane through it all, and most moms do. But to start piling on the pressure for new moms, especially if they’re ex Miss Worlds and movie actresses and brand ambassadors of leading cosmetic brands to get back into shape pronto borders on a kind of cruel witch hunt. To start with, Aishwarya’s size is no one’s business but her own. Unless she is subjecting us to watch her play a glamorous leading lady part with her avoir dupois on full display, which she isn’t. She is taking time out to be hands-on mom, from what one has read, and that is her choice. Surely, she has been part of the glamour world long enough to be confident of whipping herself into shape if she so desires and has the resources and the ability to do so, via diet, exercise or whatever means she can employ and doesn’t need daily reminders via insensitive headlines.
The fact that she is comfortable in her skin, in the additional poundage she has right now is a wonderful statement about how she refuses to succumb to the pressure of getting stick thin and ramp worthy the moment the child is out, through all means fair and foul as we’ve no doubt heard about other fashion icons who’ve been nipped and tucked on the operating table post delivery as their newborns have been wheeled off to score their AGPARs.
And also, there’s this tone of righteousness that I dislike in the strident copy–BT being a prime offender. Are chubby women not attractive? I’m sure many men would disagree, I do know that I get written complaints in triplicate from the spouse when I get on a whittle self down to skinny diet, because there’s ermm, less of me to love. What creates this concept that being stick thin and androgynous is the only way to be considered attractive? That curves are the enemy and women need to conform to a Barbiesque unrealistic proportions in order to be considered attractive, of course, unless they topple over and seriously dent their noses in which case, they’ll have to get a nose job to straighten out that nose and shave it to exact pertness, ah well, you get my drift.
Aishwarya looks like a new mom. And that’s a different kind of beauty. She can go back to killer curvature when she’s weaned her kid. IF she wants to. That’s her prerogative. Her body. Right now, I think she’s earned her time out from the hyperaesthetic rat race.