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Padma Lakshmi Celebrates Summer in a Head-Turning Leopard-Print Bikini (PHOTOS)

The Top Chef alum stunned in the sun during a getaway in Miami, Florida. 

By Cynthia Robinson

Padma Lakshmi is no stranger to a sizzling bikini moment. 

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In April 2022, for example, the Top Chef alum took our breath away in a pink string bikini while on vacation in Hawaii. Then, in May 2023, Padma made our jaws drop by posing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in a barely-there bikini crafted from gold coin-like pieces (more on that below). 

More recently, Padma jetted off to Miami, Florida, for some time in the sun, soaking up the summer in a stunning leopard-print bikini. "Summer is summer-ing," the New York City mom captioned the post, which featured a video and two photos. 

In the first slide, Padma posed on the balcony of what appeared to be her resort, showing off the gorgeous two-piece she accessorized with a pair of gold chain necklaces and large gold-rimmed aviator sunglasses. 

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In addition to the video, Padma showed off more details of the swimsuit, which featured a halter top that tied in the back and bottoms that tied on the hips. The strings also appeared to have a light teal color on them, giving the swimsuit an extra pop. 

Padma Lakshmi's Sports Illustrated Bikini Photos 

Since we're on the topic of Padma's bikini looks, we have to return to her incredible Sports Illustrated cover and spread, in which she rocked several smoldering styles that are too spicy to forget. 

For her cover shot, Padma gave a coy smile while posing in the water in the top ($62) and matching thong bottoms ($62) from Toxic Sadie. The TV personality wore her long, brunette tresses in sultry beach waves for the shoot

Another photo from the editorial showed Padma wearing a gorgeous, taupe-colored bikini top covered in tiny pink- and cream-colored sea shells that she paired with rose-colored string bikini bottoms. 

Padma Lakshmi attends the Padma X Bare Necessities Launch Event

The model continued the beach-y theme with another tiny, shell-covered bikini top that paired with green string bottoms adorned with several cream-colored shells. 

“From the first conversation to the fitting to every interaction I’ve had with [Editor in Chief MJ Day] and everyone, they said this is about you feeling good and your comfort level,” Padma told the outlet about the shoot. “I want everybody to see this pictorial and understand that sometimes a whole new phase that’s even more exciting than anything you’ve ever experienced before can happen well over 40.”

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