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Ash: Gaining weight, losing style edge

entertainment Updated: Jun 16, 2011 01:15 IST
Aaron Rohan George
Aaron Rohan George
Hindustan Times
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan seems to be battling with weight issues. And what’s worse: her choice of clothing is only adding fuel to her fitness pyre. What with her recent appearances, the bulge that should be cloaked, is accentuated by her dresses. Her appearance at an event in France earlier this week, where she wore a peach coloured flowy day dress with a cape-styled jacket, has resurfaced the debate on her weight. Everyone from bloggers to fashion editors, fans and critics are voicing their concern over the 37-year-old’s weight gain.

A reader on a fashion blog posted, “Ash badly needs to lose weight. She looks like those plus sized models and I’m sure she’s not going for that look.” Other comments weren’t pleasant either. “The dress highlights what should be hidden,” posted another.

“Her body type is such that when she puts on even slight weight, it shows on her face, arms and legs. She has put on a few kilos. Hopefully, it is for a role, and like in previous years, she’ll shed these extra pounds quickly,” says fashion critic Umesh Jivnani.

Aishwarya Rai"The dress and the hat she wore in France were not put together well. It seems to be the case with all her recent appearances. It’s not that she can’t carry Western silhouettes, she just needs better styling," says fashion editor Ekta Rajani. "She shouldn’t be bogged down by the weight, because in an attempt to hide the extra kilos she’s wearing wrong clothes. Like at Cannes, her gown just made her look broader," adds stylist Rin Jajo. Her fans too have noticed the change in her appearance.

Nevertheless, her representatives have brushed aside the weight issue. “In France, she wore the jacket because it was cold and the dress was a little more easy fitting. All this talk about her gaining weight is nothing but speculation,” says her spokesperson.

September 2010
Fit and toned, Aishwarya looks her usual stellar self wearing a sweeping gown at an awards function in Mumbai.

October 2010
Her appearance on the ramp at the Mumbai Couture Week started whispers about her weight gain.

December 2010
Three months on, as she gained more weight, some speculated that she might be pregnant, which is strongly denied by her publicist.

May 2011
Despite great reviews, her choice of tightly fitted gowns at Cannes end up highlighting her weight gain.

June 2011
A month later, Aishwarya appears to have put on more kilos, as is evident by her appearance at a promotional event in France.