Padma Lakshmi Embraces Nature in These Pics From Her 2023 SI Swimsuit Photo Shoot

The best-selling author and television host shared a set of flashbacks from Dominica.
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi.

Padma Lakshmi’s 2023 SI Swimsuit photo shoot in Dominica was one for the books. The Taste the Nation creator continues to share images from her time on location with photographer Yu Tsai on Instagram, and we can’t get enough.

On Sunday, Lakshmi posted a duo of pics rocking two of our favorite looks in particular. The first photo captured the 52-year-old best-selling author from below as she stood atop a rock on the shoreline. She wore an incredible seashell bikini by Heidi Fish. The second was a close-up of Lakshmi’s face as she posed in front of a palm frond in a gold coin two-piece swimsuit by Toxic Sadie Swimwear.

“Sunday Sun ☀️,” she wrote simply in her caption, while also crediting the SI Swimsuit team and her glam squad.

Tons of Lakshmi’s 1.4 million followers on the platform piped in to the comments section with praise.

“GODDESS,” wrote actress Christina Ricci.

“GOD IS A WOMAN AND HER NAME IS PADMA!!!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽,” one person applauded.

“I love that you don’t hide the scar on your arm,” another fan added.

“Goddess vibe 🔥... glorious! So dig your style, and the way you move about the universe,” someone else noted.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.