The secrets to Aishwarya's success: self love and a really good watch
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 9:24 am     A+ | a-
The secrets to Aishwarya's success: self love and a really good watch
Aishwarya at the 'Dolce Vita' Launch Party for Longines - April 2016

The Bollywood superstar and Longines ambassador gives us insight into how to have it all.

Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is quite possibly the most famous woman in the world. She and husband, actor Abhishek Bachchan are considered the “Brad and Angelina” of Bollywood (when the pair married in Mumbai in 2007, thousands upon thousands of fans took to the streets in celebration). Sure, she’s well known for her striking features (she’s a former Miss World, after all), but Bachchan is much more than just a pretty face. Her next film, Sarbjit — which hits Indian cinemas on May 20, centers on a woman who worked tirelessly for 23 years trying to get her brother released from a Pakistani prison. She’s in the midst of filming romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which is scheduled for Australian release in October.  And when she’s not hanging with her husband and four-year-old daughter Aaradhya, she’s a UN global AIDS ambassador and running her own namesake foundation. 

That CV would be enough to make anyone’s head spin — if only that was the end of it. The actress and mum decended on Sydney earlier in April to take in Sydney’s autumn racing — The Championships Day two Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, to be exact. 

As a longtime ambassador for the Swiss luxury watch maker (17 years, to be exact), Bachchan visited Sydney for the first time in a decade and we caught up with her to find out her secrets of success and how she would advise young women hoping to emulate even a tiny speck of her own grace, beauty and career trajectory. Tip number one? 

“Be your best friend,” she told Vogue. “When I say that I mean it’s important to be in touch with yourself, and to be brutally honest with yourself and once you’re that you will always be comfortable in your own skin which you need to be. Enjoy life, it’s a blessing. Appreciate every experience of your life and ride the wave, the crest and the trough. It’s a beautiful life – smile and be happy!” 

As for her own style – which errs on the side of relatable and classic by day and dramatic and breathtaking by night (the actress wore a billowing white Tony Maticevski gown fit for a Disney princess to Longines’ Dolce Vita watch launch party at the Museum of Contemporary Art when she was in town), the actress cites “elegant simplicity and timelessness” as two key factors in choosing pieces for her wardrobe. 

“[A Longines watch] has been a definite part of my wardrobe for 17 years,” she said of one of her most key pieces. “I think is wonderful for us women of today where we are multitasking and we go from day wear to evening wear seamlessly.”