Aishwarya Rai shows off her criticized figure at UN dinner: still gorgeous?

Aishwarya Rai is a goddess! These are new photos of Aish at the United Nations “Every Woman Every Child” Dinner last night in NYC. The United Nations opening has drawn so many world leaders and international activists to New York this year – they’re also in town for the Clinton Global Initiative too, by the way. Anyway, we haven’t talked about Aish since May, when Indian critics and bloggers went f—king crazy criticizing Aish for not losing her postpartum baby weight soon enough. There were some in India who felt that Aishwarya was “letting her people down” by not getting back to her old figure soon enough. Rai appeared at the Cannes Film Festival one week later, and she still looked magnificent, so I don’t get why this whole thing was such a BFD.

As you can see in these photos, Rai is still gorgeous, and she still a voluptuous woman. That’s all I really have to say – she looks great. I wouldn’t mind if she changed up her style a bit, but maybe she feels like she has to wear more traditional Indian clothing when she’s overseas, like she’s a representative of Indian style. Rai was at the dinner last night because she’s just been named the newest international goodwill ambassador to UNAIDS:

The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as its International Goodwill Ambassador. She will raise global awareness on protecting children from HIV infection and increasing access to antiretroviral treatment.

The appointment came a day before the start of the annual debate at the UN General Assembly. Aishwarya has been involved in humanitarian issues for many years and will now have a special focus on HIV/AIDS, Xinhua reported. At a press conference Monday, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe welcomed Aishwarya to the UNAIDS family.

“Mrs. Rai Bachchan is respected and admired by millions of people around the world,” Sidibe said. “I am convinced that through her global outreach, Mrs. Rai Bachchan can help UNAIDS reach its goal of eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015.”
Speaking on this occasion, Aishwarya said: “I am honoured to accept this appointment. Spreading awareness on health issues, especially related to women and children, has always been a priority for me,” she said. “And now, as a newmother, I can personally relate to this — the joys and concerns of every motherand the hopes that we have for our children.”

“I strongly believe that every baby should be born free from HIV. And I wish that every woman living with HIV stays healthy and has access to treatment. I promise that with UNAIDS, I will do my utmost to make this happen,” she added.

Aishwarya worked as a model before starting her acting career, and won the Miss World pageant in 1994. She has starred in films in various languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

[From The NYDN India]

Good for her. Do you know what’s always bothered me about the UN, NGO andAmerican efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in developing nations? They put most of the focus on treating HIV/AIDS rather than prevention. There’s not enough money going to prevention, because putting money into prevention means putting money into condoms and sex education and preventive reproductive health care for women, and the men who control the purse strings don’t want to do that.

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