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Padma Lakshmi Laughs Over Instagram 'Bulge' Photo

2/9/2015 9:52pm EST
She's All Woman: Padma Lakshmi Laughs Off Recent Instagram Photo
Padma Lakshmi posted a photo on Instagram last week that quickly went viral because it appeared that she had a bit of a bulge below her waist, but the "Top Chef" hostess quickly put to bed any speculation about her anatomy when she was spotted on Miami beach on Sunday wearing a red bikini that proved she's all woman.

The 44-year-old shared an old photo of herself running on the beach for Throwback Thursday (#tbt), captioning it, "My friend claims it looks like I have a penis in this pic. One guess as to whether he's gay or not... #onhismind #tbt."

Related: 'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi Sh...

Padma Lakshmi Splits From Richard Gere After Quiet, Six Month Relationship

10/14/2014 11:59pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
"Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi and actor Richard Gere have ended their relationship before anyone even really knew they were dating.

The couple flew under the radar for about six months after news that the two began dating back in April surfaced, but Lakshmi appeared to have confirmed the split during a recent TV interview by saying she wasn't dating anyone.

A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column that the couple "decided they would be better as friends," adding that both stars have also been too busy working to focus on a relationship.

Gere and Lakshmi began dating after his s...

Richard Gere & Padma Lakshmi Are 'Quietly' Dating

4/22/2014 12:00pm EDT
Richard Gere & Padma Lakshmi Are 'Quietly' Dating
Actor Richard Gere, 64, and "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi, 43, are reportedly enjoying a May-December romance.

A source told the New York Post's Page Six: "They have been quietly spending some time together. It is all very new and recent, and happened while he has been filming in New York."

A separate insider told "It started very recently and quietly. It's very new. I wouldn't even go as far as calling them a couple. They are dating. It's the first time Padma has dated anyone since Teddy [Forstmann], and it's something she's been approaching very, very delicately. They're...

Bikinis 2014

1/1/2014 4:01pm EST
Welcome 2014 With The 100 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Photos Of The
2013 was a very eventful year when it came to celebrities flaunting their bikini bods.

Jessica Alba, among others, hit the beaches of popular celeb hangout St. Barth's, a French island in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, back in April. The island is is a favorite of several celebs during the holiday season, like Russell Simmons, Stephanie Seymour and Olivia Palermo.

British supermodel Cara Delevingne opted for Barbados, where she spent time with both her family and with pal Rihanna, a native of the island.

Those weren't the only active beaches during the 2013 holiday seasons (both at the ...

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi Shows Her Sexy Curves In An Orange Bikini

12/8/2013 4:30pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi showed off her sexy curves on Miami Beach on Sunday, looking supe-sexy in an orange two-piece swimsuit.

The 43-year-old flaunted her hot figure while walking on the beach in a purple sarong before hitting the surf to cool off.

Padma is in Miami for this year's annual Art Basel, a series of contemporary and modern art shows.

2013 Emmys Best Dressed: A Corseted Kaley Cuoco, Silver Siren Julia Louis-Dreyfus, More

9/23/2013 1:00pm EDT
Kaley Cuoco
The stars sizzled at Sunday night's 65th Annual Emmy Awards. While finding out who wins is exciting, the real fun begins when the celebs show up on the red carpet.

Who won best dressed? It's a tough call. Kaley Cuoco dazzled in a strapless Vera Wang chiffon gown with an exposed corset.

"The Big Bang Theory" star and her new boyfriend, tennis star Ryan Sweeting, made their red carpet debut on Friday at a pre-Emmys party.

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus also impressed in a silver strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier. It's hard to believe she's 52!

Other stand outs: People's "World's Best D...

TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet Pics - Christina Aguilera, Claire Danes, Frank Ocean & More!

4/24/2013 9:21am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Earlier this week TIME magazine released its "TIME 100," a list of the of the 100 most influential people in the world. The 2013 list includes many Hollywood A-listers, including Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln").

Several of music's hottest stars are also part of the prestigious TIME 100, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Frank Ocean.

New York City was swarming with celebrities who attended the TIME 100 Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday. Barbara Walters, Claire Danes and Pad...

Celebrities In See-Through Clothing

2/8/2013 1:00pm EST
Carly Rae Jepsen
Kim Kardashian showed a little nipple in Toronto recently while celebrating her new jewelry line, but see-through clothing isn’t always sheer genius. It’s a sexy way to dress, but if you’re not careful you can show just a little too much.

Carly Rae Jepsen (above) showed up to the 2013 Billboard Music Awards wearing a very revealing dress, and so did Jennifer Lopez and "Once Upon a Time" stare Jennifer Morrison.

Remember when Beyonce flashed her assets in a see-through Givenchy couture gown at the Met Gala in New York City? Va va voom! And former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland opte...

Padma Lakshmi Wears See-Through Lingerie For Playboy, Talks Nude Modeling Past

11/18/2012 6:01pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi steams up the pages of Playboy in a few non-nude photos to accompany her 20 Q feature in the December issue of the magazine.

The sexy Indian talks about food, men and posing nude in the issue. She also reveals a few of the secrets behind her hit Bravo show, like how dhe's not allowed to talk with any of the contestants unless the camera is rolling. So when Playboy asks if any of the aspiring chefs on the show ever hit on her, she kind of wishes they did.

"Well, you know, everyone has a little crush on their fourth-grade teacher. It fades, she says. "But because...

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi's Fall Entertaining Tips (sponsored)

10/6/2012 10:00am EDT
Top Chef
As we start the fall season, Top Chef host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi visited to share her tips for your next fall party, including a new cappucino recipe that you can enjoy at home and what you should look for when putting together the menu.

Padma (pictured above center during the finale of Top Chef: Texas) also talked about how her experience in the culinary world influences her when she's dining out, what her favorite restaurants are, and if she'll be writing a third cookbook. Her most recent, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet, was released in 2007.

Check out the video interview with P...

Vibrant Yellow Gowns Dominate 2012 Emmy Fashion - See Tons Of Photos!

9/24/2012 9:11am EDT
Julie Bowen
The red carpet was full of bright colors at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night, but yellow was the most popular. "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, looked oustanding in a strapless canary yellow gown.

"Homeland" winner Claire Danes, who is several months pregnant, also opted for a strapless yellow dress that was (obviously) more loose fitting than Julie's.

"Game Change" winner Julianne Moore picked a more conservative yellow gown with long sleeves, a higher neckline and a billowing skirt.

Check out more yellow gown...

Kate Upton Sizzles In The Latest Ad From Hamburger Chain Carl's Jr. (Watch It)

2/27/2012 9:00pm EST
Kate Upton for Carl's Jr.
Carl's Jr. knows how to sell hamburgers.

The fast-food restaurant chain can now ad recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton to its growing list of sexy women it's gotten to roll around seductively with one of their signature sandwiches.

"A spicy twist on a classic burger, the new Southwest Patty Melt features a charbroiled beef patty, with sliced jalapeños, grilled onions, pepper-Jack cheese and spicy Santa Fe sauce, all on grilled sourdough bread," reads the description of the company's latest burger - but it's Kate who adds all the heat.

It's been a busy month for...

Padma Lakshmi's 71-Year-Old Boyfriend Dies Of Cancer

11/21/2011 8:55am EST
Padma Lakshmi
TV star Padma Lakshmi is in mourning after the death of her longtime partner and business financier Theodore Forstmann.

Forstmann, who had been dating the "Top Chef" host over the last several years, passed away on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 71.

Forstmann founded the investment firm Forstmann & Little Co. in 1978, and the organization went on to acquire a number of different companies, including beverage group Dr. Pepper and sports agency IMG.

The billionaire, who was also briefly linked to the late Princess Diana during the late 1990s, vowed to give half his net wor...

Katrina Bowden Dethrones Brooklyn Decker As Esquire's 'Sexiest Woman Alive'

4/6/2011 12:00pm EDT
Katrina Bowden
After 2 million votes and a run tougher than UConn’s, 22-year-old Katrina Bowden is the readers’-choice champion of Esquire’s "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" competition.

The actress, who plays Tina Fey’s assistant on "30 Rock," upset Padma Lakshmi, Kim Kardashian, Emmy Rossum and the stars of "Glee" in order to win the magazine’s TV "region" before going on to stun Megan Fox and last year’s winner, supermodel Brooklyn Decker.

"I was surprised because I had no idea -- I know that Esquire does their Sexiest Woman Alive every year, but I didn’t know that there was an online bracket as well," ...

Padma Lakshmi in a Bikini! Top Chef Hits the Bahamas for All-Stars Finale

2/9/2011 11:34am EST
Padma Lakshmi | Photo Credits: Barbara Nitke/Bravo
Snow may have blanketed the country this winter, but the sight of Padma Lakshmi in a bikini could be hot enough to melt even the thickest ice. TV Guide Magazine reports exclusively that the Top Chef host recently traded bone-chilling Manhattan for the balmy Bahamas to film the four-part All-Stars finale, which Bravo will begin airing in March.

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Fellow judge Gail Simmons' first reaction upon hearing of the sun-soaked locale: "Thank God! I was like, 'It's perfect—whatever you want!'" Simmons joined Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and...

Padma Lakshmi Faces Custody Battle

1/26/2011 10:26am EST
Padma Lakshmi
Model-turned-TV host Padma Lakshmi is facing a custody challenge from the reported father of her child.

Venture capitalist Adam Dell, whose brother is computer magnate Michael Dell, filed papers in a New York court on Tuesday demanding visitation rights to see Lakshmi's 11-month-old daughter, Krishna Thea.

According to, Dell is currently allowed to see the tot nine days a month as part of an unofficial deal in place until February 20th when the little girl turns 12 months old.

The Indian-born model and actress, who has never confirmed the child's paternity, is said to have att...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

1/1/2011 11:00am EST
Jessica Simpson
February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson's death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner's officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray.

Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy's death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig's family c...

Spotlight On Celebrity Babies Of 2010

12/28/2010 8:00am EST
Celebrity Babies 2010
A bunch of our favorite celebrities welcomed babies this year, including a very special adoption by America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock. And of course, the baby names were fantastic, including Egypt, Liberty, and Eddy and Nelson, to name a few.

Check who popped one out this year!

Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camilla had a daughter on January 3 they named Vida Alves.

Mark Wahlberg and his wife had Grace Margaret on January 11.

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi struggled with medical problems, but finally on February 20 welcomed Krishna Thea.

Christina Milian and The Dream have sin...

Padma Lakshmi Rocks 'True Grit' Premiere In Tight Leather Pants, Fur Coat

12/15/2010 1:00pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi showed up to the "True Grit" New York City premiere wearing tight leather pants and a white fur coat. We give her two thumbs up! What do you think?

Fun facts about Padma:

-Her first name means "Lotus" in Sanskrit, and her last name is the name of the Hindu goddess of wealth.

-While spending her final year at school in Spain, Lakshmi was discovered by a photographer, who noticed her inky black hair, long sinewy frame, and high cheekbones.

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'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi In A Flowing Blue Dress - Hot Or Not?

9/4/2010 12:27pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi arrived at HBO's Post Award Reception for the Emmy Awards wearing a flowing dark blue dress with an unusual Native American-inspired necklace.

Padma's Bravo series "Top Chef" won the award for Outstanding Reality Series, beating the "Amazing Race," which has won the category seven times in a row.

At the ceremony, Padma smacked "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan, but it was all in good fun. She joked, "I was really, really mean to the host on the red carpet. I think I hit him twice with my purse!"

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Cute Pic Of The Day: Padma Lakshmi Boards A Helicopter With Baby Krishna

7/12/2010 12:17pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
We had to counter our grossest pic of the day with the cutest pic. "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi and her four-month-old daughter Krishna boarded a chopper at a downtown heliport in New York City over the weekend. We're glad to see she's protecting her baby's ears!

The Indian-born model, actress and TV chef, who divorced Salman Rushdie in 2007, has never revealed the identity of her baby's father.

Padma branded the pregnancy a "medical miracle" after years of struggling with endometriosis, in which the lining of the uterus grows in other areas of the body.

See more photos of Padma here!

Padma Lakshmi's Short Pink Dress - Hot Or Not?

7/10/2010 7:55pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi looked sweet at the "2012: Time For Change" special New York City screening on Thursday. The "Top Chef" host showed off voluptuous figure in a short pink dress with a white ribbon around her waist.

David Spade is laughing off rumors he's dating new mom Padma after the pair was spotted enjoying a dinner date. He insists they are just friends. He says, "I met her last year. She was just in town so I was like, 'Let's have dinner.'"

The Indian-born model, actress and TV chef, who divorced Salman Rushdie in 2007, has never revealed the identity of her baby's father.


David Spade Dismisses Padma Lakshmi Dating Rumors

6/24/2010 2:50pm EDT
David Spade
Funnyman David Spade is laughing off rumors he's dating new mom Padma Lakshmi after the pair was spotted enjoying a dinner date.

The Joe Dirt star sparked reports of a romance with Salman Rushdie's ex-wife after dining out in Los Angeles together last week - but he insists they are just friends. He says, "No, (we're not dating). I met her last year. She was just in town so I was like, 'Let's have dinner'."

Lakshmi, who welcomed baby girl Krishna in February, recently went public with her love for U.S. billionaire Teddy Forstmann at a charity event in New York, when she thanked him for h...

Padma Lakshmi: 'I've Eaten A Lot Of Testicles'

6/17/2010 11:52am EDT
Padma Lakshmi
Celebrity chef-turned-TV personality Padma Lakshmi isn't afraid to try odd food.

She explained, "I've eaten a lot of testicles in my days...I've had bull's cojones...I'll try anything once."

The Bravo TV star was just spotted in Hollywood leaving a restaurant with David Spade, sparking rumors of a relationship.

Padma had a baby girl named Krishna in February. She has refused to name the father of her baby, but recent reports suggest he's venture capitalist and Columbia Business School teacher Michael Dell.

See more photos of Padma here!

Are Padma Lakshmi & David Spade Dating?

6/17/2010 9:53am EDT
Padma Lakshmi & David Spade
Padma Lakshmi and David Spade did their best to look like they weren't together when they left Koi in West Hollywood last night.

Padma - the ex-wife of controversial British author Salman Rushdie - and the diminutive U.S. funnyman tried to walk aprt from each other, but ended up together in Spade's jeep.

Padma had a baby girl named Krishna in February. The Indian-born TV chef, 39, announced in October she was expecting her first child, branding the pregnancy a "medical miracle" after years of struggling with endometriosis.

She has refused to name the father of her baby, but recent report...

Country Girls Carrie Underwood & Taylor Swift Top Victoria's Secret Sexy List

5/12/2010 11:18pm EDT
Carrie Underwood & Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood's legs, Taylor Swift's hair and actress Christina Hendricks' curves help to make up the perfect woman, according to bosses at lingerie firm Victoria's Secret.

The trio have made it onto the company's annual What is Sexy list.

Scarlett Johansson's lips also made the cut, while Padma Lakshmi was named the Sexiest Chef and Matthew Mcconaughey's partner Camila Alves landed the Sexiest Mom honor.

Also named among the top 16 lovely ladies were Zoe Saldana (Sexiest Style) and Amber Heard (Sexiest Up-&-Coming Bombshell).

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Starpulse Scene Weekly Wrap Up: Padma's Baby Daddy, Single Britney & More (Video)

3/25/2010 11:38am EDT
Katherine Heigl
Contributing writer Erin Demchak shares the Top 10 latest Hollywood gossip on the Starpulse Scene. This week Erin discusses bad boy Jesse James and his alleged infidelities against his wife, Sandra Bullock and the supposed Oscar leading lady curse.

Padma Lakshmi reveals her baby’s daddy, Britney Spears may be single again, Ivanka Trump’s stalker was arrested and Katherine Heigl has a wardrobe malfunction. Check out these stories and more on this week's hottest Hollywood gossip video –The Starpulse Scene.

Last week’s famous movie quote- “Your life is defined by its opportunities... even th...

Padma Lakshmi Welcomes A Daughter

2/22/2010 11:42am EST
Padma Lakshmi Welcomes A Daughter
Salman Rushdie's ex-wife Padma Lakshmi has given birth to a baby girl. The Indian-born TV chef, 39, announced in October she was expecting her first child, branding the pregnancy a "medical miracle" after years of struggling with endometriosis, in which the lining of the uterus grows in other areas of the body.

She was reportedly hospitalized after suffering complications last month, but a representative for the Top Chef star has confirmed she gave birth to a healthy baby girl in New York City on Saturday.

The tot has been named Krishna, according to

Lakshmi, who d...

37 Hottest Female Stars Of 2009

12/29/2009 9:09am EST
Hottest female stars of 2009
The women of Hollywood and music sizzled in 2009. There was no shortage of hot celebrity women on television, on the big screen, or in our playlists. But who were the hottest of them all? Check out our list of 37 of the hottest women of 2009, and tell us if you agree!


Sienna Miller made us thankful for leather in G.I. Joe, and Emma Watson is growing up into a fine young woman. Zoe Saldana made Star Trek more sexy than geeky.

See more photos of Sienna Miller here!

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Padma Lakshmi Likes Herself Better Naked

11/30/2009 1:27pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
"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." Pregnant model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi loves stripping off.

39-year-old Lakshmi is refusing the reveal the identity of the child's father and whether she underwent fertility treatment to help her conceive. The star has faced possible infertility for years after being diagnosed with Endometriosis, in which the lining of the uterus grows in othe...