Everyone who has known Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan vouches for her charismatic presence. It has been almost two decades since she won the Miss World title, but nothing seems to have changed over the years when it comes to her ethereal beauty, dazzling smile and her determination to be known as one of the best actresses in the country. She truly is heart-stoppingly gorgeous. But physical beauty is only a facet of diva-dom. To be a true goddess, one must possess something truly unique, and Aish is a combination of allure, attitude, intelligence and above all, ownership. She owns the space she occupies!
Today, after the birth of her daughter, she has taken detractors head-on and shown them that no amount of criticism can put her down. From donning designer-wear to displaying a wider waist, she does not back off, or try to live up to someone else’s idea of a woman.
We give you 5 solid reasons why everybody loves Aishwarya Rai!
Aishwarya Rai, the darling of millions
The first thing that strikes someone about Aishwarya is her breath-taking physical beauty. She has left the whole world mesmerized with her grace and radiance, her style and dedication towards her work. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali once said, “Aishwarya’s biggest strength is that she is headstrong, but in a beautiful demure way, a combination very few are blessed with.”
Her modelling days
Photographer Dabboo Ratnani, who has known Ash since her beauty pageant days, explains, “Ash never gives up. She will always push the envelope, whether it’s a photoshoot, a role in a film or real life. She has achieved so much, but she is never complacent or arrogant. In fact, she’s as friendly as she was at the beginning of her career.” Did you know, post winning the Miss World title in 1994, Richard Steinmetz, the host of the beauty pageant(1994), asked Aishwarya out, to which she politely refused.
Ash’s Filmy journey
Aish has done 32 films in a span of 14 years, including Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali. Despite going out of her comfort zone and delivering versatile roles, not once was she slammed by critics. She once said, “I am glad to have worked with different directors on different roles. I had always been greedy to work with different directors on different characters,”
On the endorsements front, Aish is the first female actor to have endorsed both Pepsi and Coco-cola brands. She is also ranked the 2nd most popular watch brand ambassador worldwide.
Aishwarya Rai, post pregnancy
After the delivery of her daughter, Aaradhya, Ash received a lot of negative publicity for failing to lose her post-pregnancy weight. Any other top-notch actress would’ve been affected by the hullabaloo, But not Ash.
The French Riviera, where narrow waistlines and designer outfits compete to make the statement of the year, there was this delighted mother and proud woman who posed for the shutterbugs with her usual aplomb in a fitted Elie Saab gown, flashing her 1,000-watt smile that screamed to all her detractors: “I DON’t GIVE A DAMN”.
She has decided to nurse, nurture and invest her time in bringing up Aaradhya, rather than spend hours at the gym trying to look her skinniest best.
Family comes first for the diva!
A few years ago when she was asked about possibly taking up the role of a superwoman, she had said: “Why in future? I am already a superwoman in real life. Ask any married woman and she will agree to my answer.” Ash has always had a clean personal life.