What to Read Next

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai blasted for not losing baby weight: Other celeb moms who also feel the pressure

Celebrity Broods
May 18, 2012
View photos

Not every woman can be like Victoria Beckham and back down to a size 0 just weeks after giving birth. These days in Hollywood, a lot of pressure is put on its female stars to snap back into shape in an incredibly unreasonable amount of time, especially considering that it takes nine months to gain the weight. The latest example of this is Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai — dubbed The Most Beautiful Woman in the World — who is being slammed by critics in India for not upholding her "duty" of returning to her pre-baby figure nearly six months after she gave birth to daughter Aaradhya.

"Aishwarya is like a goddess," explains Indian columnist Shobhaa Dé. "She is held up as the ideal of beauty and so there is an expectation on her to look perfect at all times." But not everyone has been so tactful when discussing the weighty matter. Some detractors have posted videos online depicting photos of Rai, 38, pre and post-baby with elephant sounds playing in the background. "She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit," one commenter blasted, while another wrote that the L'Oreal model, who was Miss World 1994, "needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery."

Regardless of the controversy, Rai still plans to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this week and proudly show off her curves. Although she hasn't responded directly to her critics, she did say after the November birth of her first child that she was not concerned with losing the weight and planned to "enjoy motherhood" — as she should be allowed to do without strangers making her feel badly for it.

View photos

Earlier this week, photos of "Twilight" actress Bryce Dallas Howard caused a similar uproar. On Mother's Day, the 31-year-old was snapped in her sweats carrying her 4-month-old daughter — as well as much of the baby weight she gained while pregnant. Many websites mercilessly ridiculed the mother, with one even comparing her size to a "village," a play on the 2004 movie in which she starred. After the birth of her first child, Howard, the daughter of director Ron Howard, was very open about her struggle to lose the 80 pounds she gained with her now-5-year-old son. "Before Theo was born, I had been in good humor about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it," she wrote in a post for Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP blog. "I felt I was failing at breast-feeding. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress."

View photos

New mommy Hilary Duff faced similar scrutiny less than a month after she delivered son Luca on March 20. Although she almost immediately returned to the gym and her favorite Pilates and yoga classes, people still found something to criticize. "I like working out since it makes me feel more clear-headed and positive," she told Parade last month. "[But] then I read comments on my Twitter page about how I'm waddling into Pilates and I go, 'Wow, that's a really mean thing to say. I just had a baby three weeks ago!'" Duff, 24, adds that it helps she has no projects in the works "that I have to bust my butt to get into shape for, so it's more about how I feel … There is a little bit of pressure, but most of it comes from me."

Do you think there is an unfair pressure put on women to lose baby weight quickly?

An Overlooked Method To Pay Off Your Credit Card

If you're paying credit card interest, you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars by transferring your balance to this no-fee card.

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

Help kids in Honduras and all over the world get life changing vitamins just by buying yours at Walgreens.

Help Erase Credit Card Debt with a Personal Loan

Are you paying too much on your credit cards? Consider a Personal Loan to help consolidate your payments.

What's your home really worth in today's market?

Find out what your home is really worth in 2016 with this free calculator, instantly.

Nearly 1M People Trust This to Keep Them Safe.

Tech experts like CNET call it “better, smarter home security.” Cops use it in stings to catch criminals. Meet SimpliSafe.

Reach your goal to quit with help from Nicorette

Learn about Nicorette gum's patented dual-coated technology.  Help reduce your withdrawal symptoms to help you kick your smoking habit.

Established Community in Ijamsville, MD

Spacious, luxury single-family homes at The Preserve at Windsor Knolls provides easy access to DC & Baltimore. Starting from the upper $590s.

Home security companies are in a state of panic.

After his friends were robbed, an engineer at Harvard discovered a serious problem in the home security industry. So He Built Something New...

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Find Out How SoFi Can Help Refinance Your Loans

SoFi is refinancing student loans with fixed rates as low as 3.5% APR...

File for nada, zilch, zip.

Prepare, print and e-file your simple federal returns for free.

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

For kids like Rosemary, proper nutrition makes a big difference. See how you can help kids everywhere just by buying your vitamins at Walgreens.

This $625 Intro Bonus Is Insane

A leading credit card issuer just raised its intro bonus to an industry-leading $500 cash or $625 in travel. And no annual fee the first year.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!