Padma Lakshmi Stuns in Seashell Bikini in BTS 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue Footage

The ‘Top Chef’ host was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica for this year’s magazine.
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica.

Padma Lakshmi is getting back to her modeling roots with her 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue feature. The best-selling author and television show host posed for this year’s magazine in Dominica with photographer Yu Tsai.

Lakshmi, who previously worked as a model in her 20s, shared some incredible behind the scenes footage on Instagram on Tuesday, in which she donned a seashell bikini by Heidi Fish. In the clip, set to “Flow” by Jeff Kaale, the 52-year-old mom of one posed at the shoreline while Yu Tsai cheered for her in the background. 

@yutsai88 could make a moose feel beautiful 😂 ❤️ @si_swimsuit BTS ✨,” Lakshmi quipped in her caption.

“Ok 🍑 we see you,” Kim Hill wrote in the comments.

“I just got fired from my job for looking at this at work but it was worth it!🔥,” someone else joked.

“You are seriously a goddess! Brains. Beauty. Compassion. You’ve seriously got it all and i love this transformation for you!” another fan added.

“I don’t know about a moose, but I definitely see a GOAT 🐐,” a follower noted.

“mother is mothering,” Amanda Roy gushed.

The day prior, Laskhmi shared an incredible image from her photo shoot in which she wore a beaded yellow bikini top by Ola Vida. She aptly captioned the photo, “Call me mother (nature) ☀️🪷.”

View Padma Lakshmi’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

Get ready for the hottest event of the year! The 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue is out now, and you won’t want to miss the Swimsuit Issue Launch Party. Secure your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable weekend of glamour, beauty and fun.

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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.