Padma Lakshmi has stayed in top shape even though her career is about gourmet food.
The former model had a flat tummy and sculpted arms as she wore a beige coat on one shoulder.
The 53-year-old author, activist, actress, model, philanthropist, and television host said that she is not giving into the pressures of ‘what a woman is supposed to be.’
The exotic star is now on Taste The Nation on Hulu and Top Chef.
A 10 at 53: Padma Lakshmi has stayed in top shape even though her career is about gourmet food. This week the Indian born TV star was seen in a beige knit bra top and matching mermaid finish skirt as she posed for New Beauty magazine
And she told the magazine how she stays in great shape: Pilates.
But she is not too hard on herself to be perfect.
‘The biggest, most important thing I can do toward my own wellness is to understand that on no given day am I going to be exactly how I want to be, nor will I have done all the things that I’m supposed to do in between,’ said the writer.
‘Maybe there wasn’t time that day to do a deep condition on my hair or get an immaculate pedicure, or go to the gym, or put on moisturizer after I get out of bed.
‘All of those things are only possible in one day if I don’t do anything else.
‘But, I run an office with employees, I have my show, I have my child, I have my mother, I have my friends. I have all these things.
Padma added that the expectations we have for women in our world today, and specifically for ourselves, is just impossible.
‘We can’t be everything we’re told we’re supposed to be. Some days I go to the gym and I get all my work done after, but I don’t bathe until I go to bed and I’m sitting in the sweats I put on at 8:30 in the morning when I ran to my Pilates class. You know what I mean?’ she stated.
There are many days where she goes directly from the gym to her desk at the office, and has not changed out of her gym clothes,
‘And that’s OK! My employees can see my hair greasy and my T-shirt from 1978. What’s most important to me are my priorities.’
Golden girl: The 53-year-old author, activist, actress, model, philanthropist, and television host said that she is not giving into the pressures of ‘what a woman is supposed to be.’ The exotic star is now on Taste The Nation on Hulu and Top Chef
Not perfect: And she told the magazine how she stays in great shape: Pilates. But she is not too hard on herself to be perfect. ‘The biggest, most important thing I can do toward my own wellness is to understand that on no given day am I going to be exactly how I want to be, nor will I have done all the things that I’m supposed to do in between,’ said the writer
These days she is tired.
‘I feel a little bit exhausted from the surreal nature of the last few months. I’ve personally been through a bit, but at 53, I feel much better today, physically and emotionally, than I did 20 or 30 years ago.
‘I think there are a lot of myths about aging—especially around women and aging—that no longer hold true. And that’s pretty amazing to experience.’
And she feels pressure.
‘That nothing is permanent—good or bad. And that you really have to be a little kinder and easier on yourself, and be a little bit more patient, both with your body and with your spirit. As women, we are expected to be great and accomplished in every aspect of our lives—at every moment of our lives. That’s a lot of pressure.’
And she brought up her teen mini-me daughter Krishna.
‘Well, like many mothers, I see a lot of myself in my daughter. I see the struggles she goes through, which are a very normal part of adolescence and being a young girl in society.
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‘I have a lot of empathy for these kids growing up today. In many ways, they’re dealing with so many issues that you or I didn’t really have…social media being one, cell phones being another, and just the gazillion other forms of media out there. We had some of it, but it’s exponentially grown in pressure and complexity.
‘I try my hardest to tell her that she’s not done becoming who she’s going to be. Many girls her age—regardless of the cultural differences, I did this as well when I was her age—put an extraordinary amount of pressure on themselves. We think we have to be perfect and great and fully formed at everything right away, because that’s what we see in the media.
‘Even with this magazine cover, it’s beautiful, but I had two hours of hair and makeup. I had a stylist who gathered the best clothes, and then we edited those outfits down and chose a very select few, which looked the best. We had lighting, we had a wind machine, we had a very talented photographer, and then we had four or five sets of eyes looking at the monitor to make sure we selected the best shots.’
‘Yes. It can be daunting when you’re a young girl or woman, and you look at all those polished images in our media, and you think, why don’t I look like that? Well, because nobody looks like that! I mean, I think I look pretty good when I get up in the morning—as long as I have a good night’s sleep—but there’s a lot that goes into the end result.
‘Sometimes, we only get served the end result, and that’s not reality. That’s why I think, as women like me age—especially women who are in the media—it’s very important not only for our peers, but also for everyone else who see us on TV or in magazines, to understand the truth behind the image.’
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