Padma Lakshmi, 48, wows fans in bikini and a cowboy hat: 'What a body!'

Need some daylight saving time motivation? Look no further than Padma Lakshmi.

While some states are still seeing snow, the Top Chef host headed south to give fans a scorching-hot reminder that summer is around the corner. And if the sun still hasn’t shown up, there’s no shame in cranking up the heat, throwing on your favorite bikini and indulging in some indoors sunbathing.

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The 48-year-old food guru spent the weekend in Austin, Texas, to support the ACLU at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW). With temperatures in the high 70s and 80s over the weekend, Lakshmi couldn’t resist showing off her toned figure in a navy string bikini during her trip. In true Texan style, she added a studded cowboy hat.


Lakshmi’s “big yee haw energy” has her fans in awe.

“How you eat all the food on Top Chef and look like that boggles the mind,” read one comment. “You are fierce!”

“What a body!” gushed a follower. 

“I’m telling you, 40 is the new 20,” added a commenter, while another fan thanked Lakshmi for inspiring “so many 40-something-year-old women to look the best they can.”

Bikini break aside, Lakshmi still found time to pursue her first love: fantastic food. The cookbook author also shared her top Austin food pick with a fan: Arlo Grey, which happens to be run by past Top Chef winner Kristen Kish.

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