Padma Lakshmi (PICTURES) doesn't regret taking nude photos

Padma Lakshmi attends Bravo Media's 2011 Upfront Presentation on March 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. The India-born "Top Chef" host is an actress, model and cookbook author.
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Padma Lakshmi attends Bravo Media's 2011 Upfront Presentation on March 30, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS) "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi posed pregnant and nude for Page Six magazine back in 2009, and now says she doesn't regret taking the photos.

The model and TV personality added that her daughter, Krishna, walks past the images every day.

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"I think those are beautiful pictures and they hang in our design studio and my daughter passes those pictures every day," she told FoxNews.com's Pop Tarts blog. "I think a woman's body is one of the most beautiful creations on this Earth and it's not what you do, it's how you do it. Michelangelo did nudes too. There's a difference between a beautiful photo and an exploited photo, and I don't believe there's anything exploited in the photos that I've taken."

She also recently told Parade magazine about balancing her daughter with her busy career.

"It's hard. It's a balancing act and every day is different and you just have to know what your priorities are and that the little one comes first," she said. "I'm very lucky that my network is very, very supportive of my family and the fact that I have a child who is young. We have a nursery on set and it's right next door to my dressing room and we just work around it. I'm not unlike any mother. I don't have all the answers, and I just try my best."

And the 1-year-old is following in her mother's food-loving footsteps.

"I totally have a foodie on my hands," she told the magazine. "She doesn't like leftovers and she eats homemade food. She's never had store-bought baby food. Right now she's on a Tuscan kale kick!"