Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses during for Noblesse India photo shoot. (Photo: AshOfficial/Facebook)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses during for Noblesse India photo shoot.

Aishwarya Rai Banchchan has perhaps made her slimmest appearance ever since she had put on weight during her pregnancy.

The 40-year-old actress who gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Aradhya, in November 2011, inaugurated three jewellery stores of Kalyan Jewellers, of which she is the brand ambassador, in New Delhi over the weekend.

Aishwarya Rai looked stunningly slim in an all-black bejewelled dress featuring golden embellishments on sleeves and waist line. The former Miss World sported wavy tresses that silhouetted out her slim figure well.

After a long spell of carrying her pregnancy weight gain and getting back in shape gradually, Aishwarya Rai's latest appearance is ought to have slammed critics who kept criticizing her for not losing pregnancy weight fast when most of her contemporaries did.

However, this was not the first occasion when Rai shut her critics' mouths.

At 65th Cannes Film Festival in May 2012, when she was just six months into motherhood, Aishwarya Rai managed to firmly silenced her critics by wisely wearing traditional Indian attire, the six yard sari, instead of couture gowns.

She teamed her sari with full-sleeve, high neck and fully decked blouse, running till her waist that gave her a curvy look and hid her baby bumps. This was also the actress' first public appearance post-delivery.

Her next even more slim appearance came in the form of jewellery campaign photos, for the same jeweller, only three months later.

Most recently in October, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hit back at weight critics in black Burberry suit with cropped pants and a blazer at a stem cell banking promotion event in Mumbai. Rai looked very much back in shape in her elegant ensemble which she completed with a pair of black peep toes.