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'Top Chef' Host:

I'm PROUD

of Naked Pictures

4/14/2011 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi doesn't regret baring her pregnant body in a nude photo shoot a couple years ago -- claiming the pics are "beautiful" and her young daughter sees them every day.

Padma Lakshmi Nude
Lakshmi -- who posed nude while she was pregnant for a spread in Page Six Magazine in 2009 --
tells FOX411, “I think those are beautiful pictures and they hang in our design studio" ... adding, "My daughter passes those pictures every day."

Lakshmi claims, “There's a difference between a beautiful photo and an exploited photo, and I don't believe there's anything exploited in the photos that I've taken.”

And that's the naked truth.

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Get back to work!    

Pregnant or not, Padma should be proud of any nude photos, as she is a very beautiful woman.

1198 days ago
2.

Superman    

Whenever you get naked for money, then it's exploited, dumbass!

She's just a dumbass famewhore trying to get ratings for her stupid 'reality' show. Next, she will imply that she would have sex with other women. Oh, wait......that already happened.

1198 days ago
3.

moe l.    

Let's see them.

1198 days ago
4.

Mel    

It's about damn time someone copped to their intent rather than saying some BS about "I was young and didn't know" or "I thought it was for our personal use".

HOORAY for an intelligent, strong person knowing she doesn't have to cower for her decisions!!!!!

1198 days ago
5.

R.Zimmerman    

That's right! She's not the least bit ashamed for the world to see what a slag-for-a-buck she is! YAY!

1198 days ago
6.

NDNchief    

I can't stand this plastic hoe. Won't watch anything she's on and I like cooking/food shows. FRAK this slag.

1198 days ago
7.

Wiley    

You got paid for naked photos involving your unborn daughter. I'm sure she'll be real proud when she's grown and all her school friends have nude photos of you. And there's the problem. It's always got to be about you!

1198 days ago
8.

Robo    

Anytime you get paid for taking nude pictures you are being exploited. Take some classes with the money you made..What a bimbooooo.

1198 days ago
9.

anonymous    

a) we're such a puritan society...no big deal here
b) it's her scene, not ours
c) why not celebrate anything at anytime in any way if reasonable?? LIFE...if a daughter, i'd hope she'd see the beauty in the photos and herself grow to be a strong, confident woman
d) she is beautiful
e) she does her thing & backs it up

i dig it...very sexy

1197 days ago
10.

susan    

At least she wasn't wearing any of the horrid clothes she wears on Bravo. Who dresses this poor woman? She always has to show off her scar, and the other arm looks like she has bruises on it all the time.

Ick I say, Ick.

1197 days ago
11.

mc    

she looked better with more weight, hope she didn't lose it again

1196 days ago
12.

Paul H.    

Thank God it was Padma--I was afraid it was going to be Tom Colicchio.

1195 days ago
13.

Jean Deaux    

@ Moe L.

Go to http://www.starcelebs.com

1193 days ago
14.

Jinko    

She is absolutely the most boring human being on the face of the planet. What with the horrendous scar on her arm, she should cover herself up, and try to buy a personality.

1189 days ago
15.

Desiree    

Damn, I thought it was Curtis Stone

1186 days ago
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