Is Aishwarya Rai too fat for Cannes? That's the question being asked by a certain segment of the Indian media, who have pounced on the rumor that Aishwarya may not be making an appearance at the film festival despite earlier confirmations of her attendance.
Initially Aishwarya, who has no films to promote nor any signed for the future, was set to go to Cannes to represent L'Oreal. She's honored this commitment for years and there was no reason to expect her to bow out this year. Yes, she has a new baby to attend to, but as her recent trip to Dubai has shown taking baby Aaradhya (or Beti B as she's still known) along hasn't proved to be a problem.
So what is the problem then? Some reports seem to think that Aishwarya has become increasingly ashamed of her post-pregnancy weight gain and isn't comfortable walking a red carpet in her condition. While her weight may be playing a role in the decision, it's doubtful that she's pulling out because she's self-conscious of it. It's more likely that she's sick of the constant criticism she gets every single time she's photographed at an event. Just last week the media attacked her for having a double chin in a photo. Imagine the kinds of cruel things that would be said about her if she had to make the usual five or ten appearances like she would at Cannes. There'd be dozens of opportunities for cameras to catch her at an awkward angle, and then there'd be weeks of coverage in the press about how she needs to get back into shape.
No doubt Aishwarya's decision to skip Cannes has more to do with avoiding this kind of silly media coverage and less because she can't find a dress that fits her. That plus being able to avoid the massive inconvenience of toting a small child from India to France for a week seem reason enough for Aishwarya to stay home and relax next weekend.
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