Padma Lakshmi probably didn’t intend for her bikini bulge to be the focus of a throwback beach photo, but one of her pals pointed out that it sort of looks like she has a penis in the picture below.
According to E! News, Padma Lakshmi shared the photo below on Throwback Thursday. The Top Chef host revealed that one of her friends completely ignored her amazing bikini body and her excellent running form — instead he honed in on her “penis.”
“My friend claims it looks like I have a penis in this pic,” she captioned the photo. “One guess as to whether he’s gay or not… #onhismind #tbt.” LOL!”
If Lakshmi hadn’t pointed the “penis” out, it’s doubtful that any of her Instagram followers would have noticed it.
Padma’s pal likely noticed the virtually-nonexistent bulge because the area above it is so tight and toned — Lakshmi’s belly is flatter than a board in her throwback photo. During an interview with Fitness Magazine, the 44-year-old model revealed that she goes to great lengths to ensure that she can squeeze into a teeny bikini.
“I follow a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat,” Lakshmi revealed. “And I work out five days a week, boxing three days, lifting weights the other two.”
You can check out the results of her restrictive diet in the more recent bikini photo below.
Kashmi also shared her secret for losing baby weight. After giving birth to daughter Krishna in 2010, she discovered that doing stairs is an excellent way to get back in shape. Now Padma tries to climb 70 flights a day whether she’s traveling or at home.
“I walk at a steady pace, two steps at a time,” she said. “It’s the perfect workout because pretty much anywhere you go, there are stairs and they’re usually empty.”
The Top Chef host said that she works out so much she loves food too much to constantly deprive herself.
Padma Lakshmi might work hard to look good, but she’s not trying to stay in shape just so she can land a man. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Lakshmi and Pretty Woman star Richard Gere split last October. Soon after the breakup, Lakshmi told PEOPLE that she simply can’t find the time to focus on a relationship or chase guys.
“I date a lot less as a single mom – I’ll tell you that!” she said. “I just don’t have time.”
If Padma Lakshmi is still interested in finding Mr. Right, she can only pray that her penis picture doesn’t scare any potential suitors away.
[Image credits: Padma Lakshmi/Instagram]