Padma Lakshmi Shares How She Prepared for Her 2023 SI Swimsuit Photo Shoot

The TV host and philanthropist opened up to ‘People’ about her routine before traveling to Dominica for her feature.
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi.

Padma Lakshmi recently opened up to People about how she prepped for her 2023 SI Swimsuit photo shoot in Dominica. The Taste the Nation creator said that while she didn’t lose any weight before posing for the feature, she did add to her usual workout routine.

“For the swimsuit edition, I just ramped everything up. I was already doing my post-Top Chef workout, which is just getting back into shape, so I just made sure that I did extra cardio,” she told the publication, adding that she wanted to be as toned as possible before stepping in front of Yu Tsai’s camera lens.

While the 52-year-old New York Times best-selling author and television host previously worked as a model in her 20s, she told SI Swimsuit that getting to pose for the publication was much “sweeter” in her 50s.

“I love where I am in my life, and no, my body’s not perfect by any means, but I don’t care,” she said. “I feel like I have a very lucky, fruitful, productive life, and I hope that’s what [people] see when they see these pictures. I hope they see a full woman in all my facets and nuances, and also some contradictions.”

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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.