Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi advocated for body positivity while sharing a filter-free video of herself in a plunging white bikini at the pool on Wednesday afternoon. As she jumped onto a $99 inflatable jet ski from Funboy, the cook book author, 51, smiled brightly before falling into the water as her daughter Krishna, 12, watched.

‘Stretch marks are the stripes of a lioness!!!’ one fan commented, with another saying: ‘Glorious, stretch marks and all! You’re just a ball of fun.’Back in 2019, she told Us Weekly that she didn’t diet before filming Bravo’s hit series Top Chef and didn’t mind that she gained weight.

The mother-of-three’s comment section was flooded with comments praising her for showing off her imperfections, with one even writing: ‘I feel decades of stretch mark shame melting away forever!’ Others applauded the star for normalizing stretch marks. 

‘I’m lucky because I gained weight exponentially, everywhere. I don’t care. I was just happy there was a dress this pretty that,’ she said on the red carpet at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. 

Making a splash: The mother-of-three’s comment section was flooded with comments praising her for showing off her imperfections, with one even writing: ‘I feel decades of stretch mark shame melting away forever!’

Lakshmi added: ‘And at the end of the day it’s just about feeling comfortable. I’m done trying to squeeze my bum into something that is too small. I don’t care. You know, it shouldn’t be about what I look like at this point in my career.’ 

At the time, Lakshmi also noted that she no longer wears shapewear, like Spanx. Of when she last wore ‘very constricting’ shapewear, the mother-of-one stated that she was ‘pregnant or after I just had the baby.’ Padma shares her teenager with her former partner, venture capitalist Adam Dell. 

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