Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Keeps It Classy at Cannes

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival. (Photo: IBI)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival. (Photo: IBI)

As speculation over her inability to lose baby weight runs rife in India, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan quietly answered her detractors by looking stunning at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival. The actress was fully covered in an Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari that downplayed the body issues that have dominated the headlines this month.

Attending the festival’s amfAR dinner party, Bachchan’s off-white and gold ensemble featured chikankari work and intricate embroidery, with an on-trend long-sleeve jacket and high mandarin collar. She let the outfit’s detailing do the talking and kept her makeup and jewelry simple. An up-do showed off her jacket’s ornate neckline.

The 38-year-old former Miss World, whose reputation as the world’s most beautiful woman has trailed her for most of her career, recently faced an inordinate amount of attention for being unable to shed the weight she gained during her pregnancy. Reaction has been a mixed bag, with many slamming her critics for focusing on a superficial concept such as weight, that too following childbirth.

Bachchan and husband Abhishek welcomed their first child–a baby girl–in November.

Sabrina Siddiqui is the editor-in-chief of Divanee.com.

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