There are many things that new mums have to go through — taking care of a helpless human being is not easy. And it gets tougher when you’re a celebrity. Because you’re somehow expected to magically go back to looking the way you used to. Within, like, a week. Unfortunately, social media doesn’t spare you even if you’re Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, often referred to as the most beautiful woman on earth.
Soon after giving birth to her daughter Aaradhya in 2011, the public scrutiny of her body began. She was criticised for not losing the post-pregnancy kilos right away. In a recent interview with Rajeev Masand, Aishwarya (who’s married to fellow actor Abhishek Bachchan) revealed how she dealt with the harsh comments. She said, “It’s not just been post motherhood. Contextually, post motherhood, you are referring to specifically body shaming. Because you are looking at it from that aspect of the body frame changing. I am talking about the reason I was able to handle it because I have faced judgement in my life for so long.”
Aishwarya has been in the limelight ever since she won the Miss World crown in 1994. She has managed to always guard her privacy to the extent that celebrities can — she joined Instagram only in May 2018, years after her peers did.
In another interview, Aishwarya said that the comments did not inspire self-doubt. “I’m so happy in my own life with Aaradhya around and the positivity as well as clarity that I have in my head about myself. At the end of the day, these are the choices I’m making. Nobody else is dictating or telling me how to be and what to do,” she said.
More power to Aishwarya for holding her ground and never losing sight of her true worth.
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