Padma Lakshmi Strikes a Pose, Dons Scarf As Dress in Italian Lagoon

The model is reminding us of her iconic 2023 SI Swimsuit debut shoot in Dominica.
Padma Lakshmi.

Padma Lakshmi.

Padma Lakshmi can rock just about any outfit and strike a pose anywhere. The 2023 SI Swimsuit model, who was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica earlier this year, shared a marvelous duo of photos with her 1.4 million Instagram followers on July 19.

She stood in a sea green lagoon, in Favignana, Italy, and donned a large, printed silk scarf as a strapless dress that was tied in a strong knot in the middle of her chest.

The Taste the Nation creator and host held her arms up to her head and stared off into the distance against a textured cave wall for the cover shot. In the second snap, she showed off her iconic smolder to the camera. 

“Channeling my inner Anita Ekberg #ladolcevita #favignana📸 @priscillabenedetti,” the 52-year-old captioned the post, mentioning the Swedish actress who starred in 1960’s famous dramedy film La Dolce Vita.

Tons of fans ran to the comments to support the mom of one, who lives with her daughter, Krishna, in New York City.

“You nailed it. 😍😍,” someone complimented.

“And you understood the assignment 👏🏽 🔥,” another wrote.

“I think the second picture is the complete painting. It's great 👏👏👏,” one fan added.

“And you definitely pulled it off 👏 🤪 you look stunning 😍 💖 ❤️ ♥️ 💕,” someone else gushed.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.