The exquisite female: Aishwarya Rai Bachan

I’ve begun to realize that if I’m going to be updating this blog regularly, I’ll definitely need to start using some synonyms for the word ‘beautiful.’ Judging from the subject of this post, it’s the perfect time to start practicing.

Aishwarya Rai Bachan. Can you fathom someone more pulchritudinous? (Just kidding.) But seriously, can you imagine a woman more alluring? More graceful or dazzling? I can’t. I just can’t do it.

Her eyes, her hair, her sense of mystery…She simply casts a spell over the viewer. It’s indescribable. Since she won the title of Miss World in 1994, she’s been captivating people all over the globe.

Aishwarya Rai

NO NEED TO PREEN. Vogue India, February 2011.

Aishwarya Rai

WHERE THE HEART IS. Femina, June 2010.

WAVE IT OFF. Press photo, photographer unknown.

Since Aishwarya began making films, her show-stopping good looks have created an uproar of international approval. After she conquered South Asia, the rest of the world wasn’t far behind. Soon she was giggling on Dave Letterman’s couch, trading quips with Oprah and fielding Hollywood movie offers left and right.

[She’s the only Bollywood actress to have ever achieved this level of international stardom. Why? Well, as I mentioned, she’s pretty easy on the eyes.]

Top Hollywood stars have praised her beauty enthusiastically. Will Smith has been quoted saying, “She has a powerful energy. She doesn’t have to say anything, she doesn’t have to do anything…She’s the mold that God made the first woman from.” Brad Pitt wanted her cast in Troy, a role she turned down because it “involved a lot of lovemaking scenes that I wasn’t comfortable with.” Julia Roberts, Ms. Million-Dollar-Smile herself, has called her the most beautiful woman in the world.

GRAY RAI. Publicity photo, photographer unknown.

She’s the only Bollywood actress to have ever achieved this level of international stardom. Why? Well, as I mentioned, she’s pretty easy on the eyes.

She’s perfect. Well, that’s my view. And much of the world’s. But I remember a time when I was fawning over photos from a recent press release and one of my friends actually used the words “plastic” and “fake” to describe her! And once in college, a friend and I were showing some male peers one of her dance videos—their first taste of Mrs. Bachan. They dared to say—and this actually scarred me—”Well, she’s no Britney Spears.” You ingrates!

LADY IN RED. Movie still from Devdas (2002).

LADY IN RED. Movie still from Devdas (2002).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE. Advertisement for Longines watches.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE. Advertisement for Longines watches.

TIMELESS. Closeup from an advertisement for Longines watches.

TIMELESS. Closeup from an advertisement for Longines watches.

Searching the internet, I was shocked to find a plethera of negative comments on Aishwarya’s appearance. (Someone on yahoo actually called her “average at best.” Oh, my heart.) Can these insults be chalked up to jealousy? Or should I just accept the fact that nothing about beauty is black and white? As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We’ll revisit this concept in a future post.

What do you see in these photos and videos? Do you agree with me about the entrancing Mrs. Bachan, or are you in the opposite camp?

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