Padma Lakshmi on her sexy pregnancy: “I like me better naked”

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This is Padma Lakshmi’s sexy cover shot for the winter issue of Page Six Magazine. I think she looks amazing here, and I love that she’s showing some skin, but in a cool, interesting way – but I’m pretty sure they made her skin look darker, yes? I’m sure they just wanted some sexy, faux-gritty lighting to make Padma look extra exotic, but the result is that her skin looks about two shades darker than normal. The complete interview hasn’t been released yet, but there are some interesting excerpts floating around. Unfortunately, 39-year-old Padma’s still not telling who her baby-daddy is (cough cough Jude Law cough), but she is still very open with talking about the changes in her diet and her body:

Padma on being naked: “I like me better naked. I don’t mean that in a vain way . . . When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don’t have any clothes on, it’s just you, raw, and you can’t hide.”

On her pregnancy weight gain: “One of the reasons I think I’ve gained weight pretty quickly during my pregnancy is that I’m not exercising as much as I do normally … I can’t. I’m feeling tired, and I have this business to run.”

On aging: “You hope that with age, what you pay for in gravity, you gain in gravitas. I’m sure my thighs looked better when I was 25, but I think my mind is better today.”

On being a celebrity: “I went to a bar mitzvah on the Upper East Side last year, and not to toot my own horn, but I might as well have been Michael Jackson to these 13-year-old boys and girls. There were something like 30 children around me, and they were all practically hyperventilating. I had this swarm of little kids going, ‘Oh, my god! Oh, my god!’ Kids are so authentic, so pure, and they’d be telling me, ‘My sister and I had an amuse-bouche contest, and we need you to tell us who should have won.’ I think that’s really cool.”

On her divorce from Salman Rushdie: “I [have been] reconstructing my life and putting it back together in a way that looked more appropriate to who I was. At this point in my career, I’m still growing. Jewels, spices and teas – I sound like Magellan.”

[From assorted sources - People, Page Six and I’m Not Obsessed]

Padma is growing on me more and more. I used to not care for her in the least, but I’ve begun to watch Top Chef and I’ve started to read her interviews, and she comes across as a refreshingly professional, self-aware, intelligent woman. She’s not girlish or silly or playing dumb, which I appreciate. She’s a real woman, and there aren’t enough real women on television. Oh, but she was absolutely horrible on 30 Rock. That woman cannot act for sh-t, not even when she’s playing a version of herself. That was embarrassing. So, Padma, just stick to Top Chef and writing and giving interviews – those are your strong points.

Page Six Magazine cover shot and additional magazine photo courtesy of I’m Not Obsessed.

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  1. Firestarter says:

    I think Padma is simply beautiful.

    She has been kinda crabby this year on Top Chef thoogh. She used to be much nicer to the contestants, but this season has been rather rude and full of herself.

  2. Tess says:

    @Firestarter, I read that she was incredibly rude and condescending to the wait-staff at a NY restaurant.

    I think she comes across as pretty impressed with herself.

  3. Tess says:

    But beautiful, yes.

  4. Firestarter says:

    @Tess- I think the success of TC and her constantly talked about beauty has unfortunately gone to her head. It does not surprise me to hear she was rude to the wait staff.

    She was on Andy Cohen’s Bravo aftershow and she was rather full of herself when she was asked questions. She was only sweet when they spoke of her pregnancy.

  5. Rae says:

    Great quote on aging.

  6. bros says:

    she also looks like a wax figure on the cover. what is the deal with all this over zealous airbrushing.

  7. MintyMoo says:

    How self absorbed can one get? I find this beautiful women insanely annoying and irritating.

  8. Moore says:

    I’ve never liked her. I’m happy she’s happy but I really don’t care for her.

  9. Ana says:

    She is beautiful, but I hate watching her talk.

  10. MymaJane says:

    @ Ana

    I can’t stand the way she speaks either! The sound of her voice is so annoying.

  11. Catherine says:

    She has gorgeous skin and hair.

  12. TaylorB says:

    She always sounds like she just smoked a bong hit to me. And who can blame her, when you have to eat 16 times a day for Top Chef, the munchies could come in handy.

  13. annie says:

    She likes to show off that scar on her arm, it makes her “authentic”, she is pretty but there is something weird about the way she talks.

  14. WTF?!? says:

    She makes my butt itch. She’s had a ton of plastic surgery and is totally in love with herself for some unknown, unsubstantiated reason. And she speaks like xanax runs through her veins. The most interesting thing about her is her scar.

  15. MooMoo says:

    If i looked like her i’d like me better naked too.. Unfortunately, I look way better with clothes on. I actually kind of feel like a fraud, you’d think i had a hot bod under my clothes but noooo.

    I can’t say that if i looked like her it wouldn’t go to my head either so I dunno, I don’t think she’s that bad really.

  16. Ana says:

    It seems like she tries to keep her top teeth covered with her upper lip when she speaks.

  17. spiceh says:

    I never found her beautiful. Maybe because I already got annoyed with her voice first time I ever saw her on Top Chef.

  18. Caroline says:

    I had to type “Padma Lakshmi annoying?” into Google to find out if anybody else thought she was irratating. She’s beautiful of course, but there’s something about the way she talks that grates on my nerves.

  19. Mckick says:

    @Ana: I KNOW!!! What IS THAT?!?!?! I don’t care about the voice but the lip over the teeth thing…..WTF?