Padma Lakshmi chicly uses her crochet bikini for empowerment and style – Footwear News

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Padma Lakshmi embraces her body and her so-called ‘flaws’ in a new celebratory bikini Instagram video she shared with fans yesterday.

In an Instagram grid video to Kandi Burruss’ trending song “Legs, Hips, Body,” the “Top Chef” host models a white crochet bikini by Zimmermann with seashell fringe detailing while enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool. The star accessorized the summer-ready look with a few gold chain necklaces and a gold watch, her hair slicked back in a wet, carefree style. And, of course, Lakshmi went barefoot to dive into the pool.

In the slow-motion video, the popular TV personality jumps on a large ride-on inflatable from pool float brand Funboy. After jumping on the bicycle-shaped inflatable, the giant float spins, giving the camera a shameless glimpse of Lakshmi’s stretch marks before the cameraman playfully pushes her into the pool.

The media personality, activist and model hashtag the unfiltered video with the empowering sentiment #stretchmarksandall.

Lakshmi has long spoken about the power of body positivity, previously saying she no longer wears shapewear and refuses to diet when judging reality shows based on food.

In reaction to the funny Instagram video, many Lakshmi fans praised the 51-year-old for celebrating her body in its natural state. Some even said the video inspired them to put on a bikini to show off their own stretch marks.

One user’s comment summed up many fan sentiments, writing, “What we women tend to focus on as flaws can be one of the most beautiful things about us because they tell our stories! And today, just for you, I’m gonna rock my fucking bikini around my house while I work, then I’m gonna jump in my ridiculous inflatable pool we bought because it’s so hot.

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