Padma Lakshmi Poses in Black Lingerie Because 'Moms Do That Sometimes'

Jackie Willis

Padma Lakshmi feels good in her lingerie and wants the world to know it.

On Thursday night, the 46-year-old Top Chef host posted a pic of herself proudly posing in a matching black bra and underwear. "Don't hate because I'm in lingerie," she captioned the sexy image. "Moms do that sometimes."

Lakshmi has a 6-year-old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, and was quite candid in her book that came out this year, Love, Loss and What We Ate, that she initially didn't know who the father of her child was when she became pregnant in 2009. At the time, she was dating two men after her divorce from Salman Rushdie in 2007.

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"I probably shouldn't have been with anybody and just taken the time I needed for myself, but I was presented with two very different, very interesting men, and you know, men do it all the time," she explained on the Today show in March. "I chose to do it. I was open with the men involved, and I'm gonna own my history. That's what I did."

A paternity test eventually revealed that Adam Dell -- the brother of computer mogul Michael Dell -- is the father of Krishna.

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While it appears Lakshmi had full creative control over her recent lingerie-clad pic, she admitted to ET in April that, like many other stars, she too has had to deal with unwanted Photoshopping.

"It happened to me actually and I was really angry about it. I like the color of my skin," she said. "It's taken me a long time to feel comfortable with who I am and I think when you're a brown person living in a white world, it's especially sensitive. I also ask people not to retouch my scar, because I thought it was important for other young women to see that it's not all perfect."

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