And no, she didn't go on a diet, not even for her prestigious Cannes appearance.
The sniggers at her weight are dying down. As she makes her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in two distinct looks - the ultra-traditional one, and the younger one where she lets her hair down - her fans are ecstatic.
And most critics are slowly and grudgingly, coming under the spell of Aishwarya Rai. For it takes a rare kind of inner confidence to not bow down to the incessant pressure to look a certain way.
Most celebrity moms do succumb though. They hit the gym faster than their bodies and minds are comfortable with. And then come the glowing news reports about how they've lost, what is always referred to as, "oodles of weight".
Text: Sonia Chopra; Images: AP/Sify.com