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On Her 50th Birthday, Padma Lakshmi Looks Better Than Ever in a Tiny White Bikini

The Top Chef host felt "truly blessed" as she reflects on her milestone birthday on the beach. 

By Zoey Washington
The Feast Padma Lakshmi

Like all of us, Padma Lakshmi has had a year to remember. The Top Chef host has graced glamorous magazine covers, navigated homeschooling, and clapped back at criticism for not wearing a bra. But now, Padma has shared a few reflections on her life as she serenely celebrated her 50th birthday on the beach in a casual (albeit very cool) look. 

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"This year has been a mix of misery and elation," Padma explained in her caption on September 1. In the photos, Padma walked along the beach in a stunning white bikini with a multi-colored ikat print with just a classic white button down shirt that doubled as a cover-up. 

Padma continued her "birthday thoughts" to express how grateful she is for all of her blessings, including "a loving and attentive partner, a child that continues to be a miracle every day and work that I am proud of and fully engaged by with people I love."

In the next pic, Padma practically twinned with her daughter as the whole family took a relaxing dip in the pool in coordinating, brightly hued, two-piece swimsuits. 

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Birthday thoughts ⛅️ This year has been a mix of misery and elation. The whole world was swallowed up by the plague In March. We were lucky but so many weren’t and I felt an impending doom, a creeping anxiety I could not shake. Then another Black life was taken and it was good that we all rose up- but so painful too. So painful that some of our fellow Americans could not even bring themselves to say that Black lives matter, some who hold our highest offices. But personally, at home things were peaceful. We made a cocoon for our family. We lived for the first time-all under one roof. We became closer. And professionally, I finally got to show the world what I would do if I got to build a show from scratch. 'Taste the Nation' was well received beyond my wildest dreams, 100% even on rotten tomatoes! But the best of all was hearing how all of you felt when you watched it, reading how families watched together. The episode with my mother and littlehands felt like a tribute to all my mother and millions of other immigrant parents had sacrificed. I cannot ask for anything more. I am truly blessed: a loving and attentive partner, a child that continues to be a miracle every day and work that I am proud of and fully engaged by with people I love. I am today very lucky. But I am also a product of the toil and troubles my younger self endured. And I thank that version of me. Thank you all so much for joining me on this trip. I have loved sharing it with all of you everyday (even the Trump supporters or those that disagree with me) #thisis50 #virgoseason

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