Padma Lakshmi shows off her statuesque figure in fitted black jeans and a T-shirt on walk with beloved pooch Divina… after stepping down from hosting Top Chef
Padma Lakshmi has been enjoying a bit of downtime in the wake of her departure as host and executive producer of Top Chef.
After stepping down from her duties following season 20 of the reality competition series in June, the television personality and author stepped out for a dog walk on Wednesday.
The India-born beauty was all smiles, looking radiant and makeup-free for her casual stroll along the bustling streets of Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood with her Chihuahua Divina by her side.
She opted for a casual-cool look with a fitted black high-waisted jeans that highlighted her shiny black patent leather boots.
Rounding out her ensemble, Lakshmi wore a pale pink T-shirt with a peace symbol on the front, and she styled her raven tresses down in long locks over her chest with a center part.
Relaxing: Padma Lakshmi, 52, went out for a casual stroll with her pet pooch Divina in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood on Wednesday
Later in the evening, the actress and model took to her Instagram page to share a lovely photo of New York City with the caption: ‘Moon over Manhattan.’
The now-former Top Chef host and executive producer seemed to be relishing her time with her beloved dog, whom she adopted nearly three years ago in November 2020.
Divina had a challenging past, having been rescued from an apartment in Queens, where she was living in a single room with 15 other Chihuahuas, according to Celebrity Pets.
Her original owner died at the height of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and Divina was then moved to Animal Haven, an animal rescue facility.
Touched by Divina’s good nature, Lakshmi ended up adopting her and making her part of her family in New York City, and she has since become a beacon of positivity in Padma’s life for nearly three years.
The mother of one has had more time to spend with Divina and her 13-year-old daughter Krishna since stepping down from her duties on Top Chef two months ago after 17 seasons.
Lakshmi announced she’s walking away from her longtime job in order to pursue other creative opportunities, including writing another book.
‘After much soul searching, I have made the difficult decision to leave Top Chef,’ Lakshmi wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. ‘I am extremely proud to have been part of building such a successful show and of the impact it has had in the worlds of television and food.’
She has been the host of Top Chef since season two, which aired back in 2006.
Four-legged family: The former Top Chef host, who was the picture of casual-cool in black jeans and a peace sign T-shirt, adopted her beloved dog in November 2020
‘Moon over Manhattan’: Later of Wednesday, the television personality, model and author shared a lovely photo of the bustling city with the moon taking center stage
Moved on: Lakshmi stepped down as host and executive producer on Top Chef in June, in order to write another book and explore other creative opportunities
Kristen Krish, who won season 10 of the cooking competition, has taken over the hosting duties for the 21st season of the show.
Plus, she still works as the host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Hulu docuseries Taste The Nation With Padma Lakshmi, which explores the food and culture of immigrant and indigenous communities across America since its premiere in June 2020.
Before her big break in television in Padma’s Passport — which was part of the Melting Pot series in 2001 — she won the Best First Book Award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for her cookbook Easy Exotic.
She has since published two more food-related books: her memoir, Love, Loss And What We Are (2016), and her first children’s book, Tomatoes For Neela (2021).
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