Bollywood Maternity Woes

When a woman is in the celebrity spotlight, we naturally tend to idealize her into an icon of beauty and youth. And when the star does something crazy like age or get pregnant, we’re forced to remember that they are human. Well, at least some of them are. Victoria Beckham obviously doesn’t count.

Before I continue, let me say that I am NOT anti-feminist; however, this post will probably make you think otherwise.

As Hollywood generations turn over, pregnancy becomes common among the stars we so lovingly watch. Since we’re (the public is) interested in seeing how celebrities evolve through motherhood, the media turns its attention accordingly to give us what we want. Some would argue that this exposure gets way out of hand – from tracking hospital stays to the sale of celeb baby’s first photo shoot – and denigrates the inherent beauty of motherhood itself.

The most recent buzz is on Bollywood’s own beauty queen, Aishwarya Rai. Known for being Miss World and subsequently the crown jewel of India, she’s been scrutinized by Indian media for the baby weight she has yet to lose in 7 months after giving birth. There is a belief circling the globe that it is her responsibility to get back to the shape she was before the baby and continue her reign as the ideal Indian woman. In case you haven’t seen any pictures, here’s the before and after:

On the one hand, I’m appalled by the fact that celebrities in the spotlight are expected to bounce back into shape after every single pregnancy. But on the other hand, I have to admit that I feel like… isn’t this what she signed up for? People don’t tend to become beauty icons overnight; not only does it take hard work, but it requires a willingness and acceptance of the cost that fame comes with. Even though she could use some leniency from the public eye, she also can’t expect not to be judged by her appearance if it’s the very thing that made her career in the first place.

So while I’m all for a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body free from judgment… I also want to see a new Bollywood routine with my girl Aishwarya front and center stat! Can you blame me?

The Political Red Carpet

From what we’ve seen in the past, we know the red carpet can be tricky. It’s easy, even for celebrities with highly-paid stylists, to miss the sartorial mark. Last night it got even trickier for the Hollywood elite at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where stars came rolling out in troves to support the WHCA. It’s obvious after seeing photos from yesterday’s dinner that elegance and stateliness is not as easy to achieve as anyone thought. After all, who can beat the President and First Lady?

Other leaders of the night:  Elizabeth Banks,  Diane Sawyer,  Dakota Fanning

Short by a few votes:  Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian

Lost by a landslide:  Rachel Zoe,  Alicia Keys,  Sigourney Weaver

[See more photos via Styleite]

The Cast of a New Hollywood

One of the best parts of Spring movie awards season is seeing which fresh faces continue to cause a stir on the red carpet. Of course we can always count on reigning royalty like Angie + Brad, George Clooney, Meryl Steep, and others. But it’s the newcomers that keep things interesting by taking risks and showing us that maybe old dogs do need to learn some new tricks.


The Help‘s Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Glee‘s Lea Michele, Naya Rivera and Jayma Mays

Michelle Williams (not quite a newcomer, but still a fresh face!), Amber Heard, Kaley Cuoco

Rose Byrne

Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland and Sofia Vergara

Birds of Paradise

With winter thawing out and awards season in full swing, there’s nothing better than living vicariously through our favorite celebrities. This year’s Golden Globes felt somewhat like the flock returning home after a seasonal migration; almost every star of the big and small screens made a noteworthy appearance – some shaking their tail feathers more than others.

Which breed of Hollywood birds do you identify with?

The Swans: graceful and elegant, they seem to glide across the red carpet

Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet

The Crows: mysteriously seductive and offbeat

Evan Rachel Wood, Madonna, Rooney Mara

The Canaries: singing in their arrivals on the scene

Emily Blunt, Paula Patton

The Ducks: endearing  and quirky

Kristen Wiig, Emma Stone, Tina Fey

The Bluejays: quiet, curious and intelligent

Michelle Williams, Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Jodie Foster

The Rockin’ Robins: BUH. BAM.

Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman

The Lovebirds: oh-so-stately Hollywood royalty shows us how love is done

Angelina & Brad, George & Stacy, Natalie & Benjamin

And where in the hell did these celebs go?

Ryan Gosling, Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock,

Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway