Her gooseberry eyes were made to be snapped by frenetic shutterbugs. Her luscious pout was meant to blow air kisses to zillions of enthusiastic fans, and when people call her the most beautiful woman on earth, Aishwarya Rai proves time and again that she is always worth it.
However, it is on the fashion front though, that we find our Bolly diva damsel alternating between all out diva-liciousness and underwhelming questionable sartorial choices. Let's round up our favorite green-eyed divas many years at Cannes and put in our reccos in case her stylist is listening.
2002: The Year the Bollywood Diva Shone
Yep… she shimmered like a Kalyan Jewellers ad. And we wanted to sing "Auntyji Auntiji get up and dance" when Devdas premiered at Cannes. However, like everything 'exotic' Ash's luminescent beauty captured hearts and seemingly a fat contract and paycheck from L'Oreal. And the rest as we know is history!
We'd had loved less bling and more hand loom. But sigh, Bollywood did win eyeballs.
2003: The Year she spelt Cannes with a Can't
When she was selected as a member of the jury, frankly no one cared about whether she was fit or not. We hawkishly watched every outfit she wore… and she disappointed and how! In utterly baffling fusion ensembles that truly defied logic and aesthetics, she ended up on worst dressed lists everywhere.
Seriously? Parrot green! Thank your stars you are pretty!
2004: The Year she was a Squirt Sausage
After a royal debacle, Ash learnt a little something went with the less is more philosophy. While the minimal makeup made her look stunning, the less is more thing on the gown front didn't help with her love handles, as she squirted out awkwardly out of her weirdly cut out gown!
WHY OH WHY! Explain the dress please!
2005: The Year she Dazzled like a Diva
And then she dazzled them all like none other as she was invited to open the festival. In a flirty floral Armani gown followed by a regal black Gucci number, she proved her style quotient was at par with all the other Hollywood lasses. And the shutterbugs haven't stopped clicking since!
This was perfection… safe, but perfect!
2006: The Year she brought her oomph on!
And then she started getting experimental, slowly yet gradually! Avant grade jewelry in the form of a serpentine choker to a super chic Elie Saab navy blue number, from the tan makeup and the rocking Dhoom-2 era figure, she was the cynosure of everyone's eyes!
One notch up and maybe we'd see a true fashionista soon!
2007: The Year she was showed us marital bliss
She made a blink and miss appearance at the opening with here newly snagged hubby… and true to her state of mind, she looked truly in wedded bliss in a dreamy white Cavalli ensemble. She's never been out of news since!
2008: The Year she was 50 shades of elegance
From the Armani in champagne & green, Cavalli in fuchsia & sequined black, she made 4 appearances, and switched between a diva, a seductress, a breezy bon vivant & a glam goddess.
Yes, the fashionista had arrived!
2009: The Year she was a Disney Princess
Two appearances, and two stunners all the way. One where looked right out of the fairy tale, and one where she looked right off the runway. Razzle Dazzle, was all we could say! Cavalli did her justice, but her love story with Elie Saab began right this year. Safe to say we'll be seeing at least one Elie Saab look on her this year too!
After a rocker of a year, this paled in comparison, but her beauty lit up the carpet for sure!
2010: The Year she was Cannes' MVP
They complained she had put on weight. They said she had a shaky start when she sauntered in an ethereal Elie Saab concoction with a hideously huge hairdo. But then, be it her sexy Armani look, or the uber-chic Gucci gown, or the regal Sabhyasachi sari, she ended on a high note!
A shaky start, a gorgeous end.
2011: The Year she made no mistake!
And then, she hit the style stratosphere with just two looks. In a drop dead gorgeous Elie Saab and a futuristic Armani Prive, she went from Glam to Experimental and hit all the right notes… so much so that her looks ended up on multiple Best Dressed of the Year lists!
No mistakes. Only jaw-dropping beauty!
2012: The Year she shut them up!
Until she had her little baby and put on weight, like most natural mothers do. Receiving flak from Indian media, she quickly became the epicenter of the positive image controversy around the world. Most felt she'd skip the festival, but she didn't! While we agree she was a tad overweight, she also stunned us, replete with a maternal glow! Elie Saab it was again to shut them all up.
While the Abu-Sandeep sari look looked okie dokie, the navy blue Elie Saab stunner was the talk of the town!
2013: The Year she gave us some Good, some Bad and some Ugly!
While she started with the old faithful, Elie Saab, & went on to a lovely teal Gucci, her Indian ensembles left a lot to be desired! Too much bling overwhelmed her frame and she looked larger than she actually was, particularly in a gold spangled Tarun Tahiliani sari. And why oh why did she stick to sever updos that drew attention to her weight!
Great gowns, not-so-great saris!
2014: All we'd like her to do is have fun! We predict one Elie Saab in the least, one Armani look and a sari by Sabhyasachi for sure. And please oh please, if her stylist hears us, give her messy buns and open hair, looks much much better on her!
What do you think Ash should wear this year? Tell us in the comments below.