Padma Lakshmi Celebrates Her 48th Birthday in a Bikini, With a Powerful Message About Ageism and Body Positivity

She opened up about the beauty of aging.

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To paraphrase Taylor Swift, Padma Lakshmi is doing better than she ever was. The host and cookbook author celebrated her 48th birthday by posting a picture of herself looking serene in a colorful bikini on a yacht to her social media, accompanied by a powerful statement about beauty, bodies, and insecurities.

“A thread: It takes time to develop as a person. In truth, I feel better about my body now, even after breastfeeding, gravity, etc., than I did in my 20s. I’m not riddled with insecurity anymore. Sometimes in the entertainment industry I don’t think we give women a chance to mature,” she wrote on both Instagram and Twitter, calling out the sexist double standard applied to over-40 celebrities: “Men become distinguished and women become ‘old news.’ I think aging is beautiful. Now in my 40s I eat well and bust my butt in the gym. My home life and my career are doing just fine and I’ve learned to be thankful for what I have rather than focus on what I don’t.” She ended her statement with a simple, “To many more years of learning and growing. ? #birthday #virgoseason”

On Instagram, the bikini picture was accompanied by a shot of Lakshmi and her family enjoying pizza at a restaurant.

The Top Chef host has made eating well and enjoying two-pieces her main side hustle, and we mean that with all respect. A quick perusal of her Instagram will give you all the vacation goals you need:

This wasn’t Lakshmi’s first inspirational tweet of the week. On Tuesday, just after disgraced comedian Louis C.K. performed at New York’s Comedy Cellar last Sunday, Lakshmi tweeted out a list of comedians “who are actually funny” and “haven’t harassed women.”

With that, happy birthday, Padma! Thanks for always keeping it real!

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