Padma Lakshmi, a multifaceted personality who has achieved success in various fields, has recently added another feather to her cap: gracing the cover of an international magazine in a bikini at the age of 52.
The Top Chef host, who started her modeling career in college, posed for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 2023 issue in Dominica, wearing a stunning beaded bikini by Ola Vida that highlighted her natural beauty and confidence.
In the interview, she speaks of her determination in refusing to let her insecurities have the last word. “My thighs may have been leaner and my boobs were probably slightly higher in earlier parts of my life, but I have never felt better about myself. I hope they see a full woman in all my facets and nuances and some contradictions. I feel more beautiful now because I hold that strength and I hold the experience in my flesh, in my person and in my spirit,” she shares.
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Lakshmi, who is also an author, activist, producer and mother, said she felt better than ever both inside and out, and wanted to inspire other women to embrace their authentic selves and feel sexy at any age. She also praised the magazine for making her feel comfortable and respected throughout the shoot.
Lakshmi’s bikini moment is not only a testament to her personal journey, but also a celebration of diversity, inclusion and empowerment in the media industry.