Padma Lakshmi is feeling herself.
On Thursday, the 50-year-old Top Chef host shared a photo of herself to Instagram posing in front of a mirror and showing off her toned abs in a black bra and high-waisted shorts. She appropriately used singer Tweet's 2002 hit "Oops (Oh My)" featuring Missy Elliot as an added musical effect.
"Feeling like myself in my body again. Also... @tweet_ is the most underrated artist of the 21st century," she captioned the post.
Fans took to the comments to share their thoughts on the stunning photo.
"Gorgeous," one person wrote.
"You weren’t feeling amazing before?!!" a fan wondered.
"Ummm ok Queen, icon, legend," someone praised.
"Glad you are feeling like yourself. Looking absolutely gorgeous as always," another person added.
The former model and mother has been transparent over the years about her struggles with body image in the public eye. In a 2016 interview with Verily, Lakshmi admitted that she carried some guilt for her past modeling career calling herself and her model colleagues "freaks of nature" for being 5'9 and only 115 pounds.
“A lot of young girls look at those magazines, and they think that’s how they need to be. So I suffered a lot of guilt and mixed feelings about how I had made my living. It’s not an accident that 95 percent of people who suffer from anorexia are women.”
Lakshmi also talked about the differences between the scrutiny she experiences in comparison to her Top Chef co-host.
“I can tell you now, after having spent ten years on American television that people talk about my appearance a lot more than they talk about [co-host] Tom Colicchio’s appearance because he’s a man. Nobody asks him how he keeps his figure on America’s Top Chef. Lucky for the show I have three people whose sole job it is to make me look good,” she said.
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