When it comes to the entertainment industry, looks and beauty are major factors — especially where female celebrities are concerned. Women are pressured to look a certain way (read: young), and to keep up with that pressure, many female actors resort to an external helping hand — cosmetic surgery.
While there is nothing wrong with cosmetic surgery, it is viewed as unpleasant because it is an attempt, not correct a deformity, but to look younger. And that's where our ugly obsession with younger looks and personalities comes to light — because, why age gracefully, right? Especially when the entertainment industry excludes you once you hit 40.
Most Indian actors have been asked (and accused of) getting cosmetic surgery done, and most of them deny it, thanks to the stigma associated with it. One such actor, who has been asked this question multiple times, is none other than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The former beauty queen is still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, and when she was asked about her thoughts on going under the knife recently, she gave a measured, and rather honest answer:
"See, at this point, everything is moving so you guys would know. Very honestly, God has been kind so far and it’s each to their own — the choices that you make. When people have not explored it, we tend to say maybe not yet or maybe no," she said, adding an example of colouring her hair. "Twenty years ago, if you had asked me would I ever colour my hair. I had brown hair and natural streaks. I would have said, 'No'. Then I joined a brand and started experimenting and it worked."
Adding an important point about making informed decisions, Aishwarya continued, "I have been fortunate, where I have never needed to embrace diets. Some people possibly need to. So, we can’t sit on a high horse and give any kind of advice like ‘you don’t need to do this’. Just make informed choices. There are medical practitioners, take their advice. You should know the science before making any choices."
Refreshingly honest and intelligent — just how we like it, Ash.