Padma Lakshmi Poses Nude, Exposes Scar

The Top Chef host loves having an interesting past and being a survivor

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Padma Lakshmi’s favorite part of her body may be surprising – it’s the seven-inch scar on her forearm from a car accident at the age of 14.

“I love it because it makes me a person who has an interesting past, and it reminds me that I can survive any pain,” the Top Chef host admits in May’s annual nude issue of Allure magazine, on sale April 21.

Lakshmi, 38, and four other Hollywood personalities stripped down for the feature. The cookbook-author and model says she has no problem being photographed in such a way. “I didn’t feel any more naked without my robe. I don’t have any stigma attached to my body. When I’m in my own private space, I have very little on,” says. Lakshmi.

Comedienne Chelsea Handler, Dollhouse‘s Eliza Dushku, actress Sharon Leal and Lynn Collins, from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, also posed. All five say they were comfortable being nude.

“I’ll strip down to my underwear and my Ugg boots when I eat lunch in my trailer,” Dushku, 28, says.

Lakshmi wasn’t the only one to tout a particular body part. “My boobs are good,” says the ever-candid Handler, 34. “They’re real and perky. Even if you can’t see them, the important thing is that I know about them, and the guys I’ve slept with know about them.”

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