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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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