Indian actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai’s annual appearance at the Cannes Film Festival is a closely watched affair in India. This year, Rai startled a lot of people when she appeared on the red carpet with purple lips.
Rai wore the lip shade with a Rami Kadi floral gown for the premiere of her forthcoming film Sarbjit. The look divided Twitter, with some hailing it as an edgy beauty trend and others joking about it.
We are going to wake up to Aishwarya’s Bluish Purple lips on the front pages, aren’t we.
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) May 15, 2016
petition for aishwarya rai to fire her make up artist
what are those purple lips
— nurgülsʰᵃʸᵃᵗ (@hasretfull) May 15, 2016
Super cool and gutsy of Aishwarya rai to don those purple lips
— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) May 16, 2016
A Cannes veteran, Rai however, couldn’t care less about the fashion police.
“I was not nervous (abut the Cannes look) as it has been 15 years (since I have been) representing L’Oreal here. I enjoy fashion and I treat it like art,” she told reporters. “So it doesn’t stress me out. It doesn’t get me nervous… I am a professional.”