Nigella Lawson Needs a Bikini Lesson From Stephanie Seymour

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Nigella LawsonThere are so many things to love about Nigella Lawson, where to start? Her recipes of course, which we never get sick of seeing over and over and over again on those episode repeats from like 10 years ago. But also that amazing attitude of, "yes I'm big and falling out of my blouse but I'm still gorgeous and I eat life and you should too!" How refreshing from a TV star -- especially when served with a side of Red Courant Slush Sorbet!

So what the heck, Gels, was up with your appearance on an Australian beach the other day in a burkini!? Yes, a full-piece bathing contraption designed specifically so Muslim women can get wet and stay modest. I understand why they wear those unflattering things, but not Nigella. Putting a burkini on "the queen of food porn" is just all kinds of wrong.

We like to think of Nigella as we continue to see her still on those food channel shows, which are at least six years old now, when she was still in her 40s, with her cleavage dangling over her brownies and grabbing a late-night snack and getting crumbs all over her lacy negligee as she eats out of the fridge. Because she looks AMAZING, thunder thighs and all.

Now she's 51, and while still gorgeous, her age is beginning to show. So maybe she's thinking it's time for an image change and better to start covering those curves up. But turning herself into a Cat Woman Ninja gone terribly wrong is not the way. Sometimes black is not slimming. Sometimes covering up has the opposite effect, as I would have shown you here, but it's really too distressing so I'm just linking to the Nigella Lawson burkini pictures here. You're welcome.

Now, Nigella, that lady is all class so we would not have expected her out in public in a full-on spaghetti strap bikini or anything, but a tankini or even a one-piece with one of those skort things -- or, even more concealing, a one-piece with one of those elegant wraps that go from waist to knees -- would be definitely more in keeping with the voluptuous Nigella we know and love.

As to Nigella's own excuse for the unfortunate beachside look? She claimed she donned the garb to protect her skin from the late afternoon sun, and I'm partly buying that -- at age 51 anyone would be challenged to find a line on that perfect porcelain skin. But this is taking sun protection a little too far.

You're beautiful, Nigella, and so is your not-so-perfect body. Show it off. Stephanie Seymour does. And no one is making fun of her, that's for sure.

Are you tempted to wear a burkini on the beach? What do you think of Nigella's look?

 

Image via Lisa Maree Williams/Getty

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Prin D'fiory

I love Nigella, if I could be anything in the whole wide world, it would be the US version of the British godess. For years I have joked that I needed a burktini and this picture just reaffirms my dedication to the Lovely Ms. Lawson. ....though, in all honesty she'd look great in a '50s inspired bathsuit

shiva... shivasgirl

sorry, the first thing I thought of  when I saw the pic was that she was trying to protect her skin from the sun. She is beautiful and she doesnt need a tan or skin cancer to prove that

winte... winterrose82

If Nigella is comfortable wearing a burkini (and she may have done so for sun protection; the sun in Australia is very strong); then what do you care? Honestly, I find a woman brave enough to buck trends and wear something more modest to be admirable. Women shouldn't need to be nearly naked in order to go swimming.

sunny... sunnybunny5us

I don't really like body shame, but I think she may be on to something for various reasons. Maybe we need to look into more bathing suit type options that make people more comfortable and provide protection from sun or whatever elements they are dealing with in their activities.

yogap... yogapantz

Australian sun can be brutal on skin unused to it, I don't blame her at all. Nigella is in her fifties, and looks fifteen years younger, because she takes such pains with sun protection.

mommy... mommythree0508

If thats what she likes,thats her business.

nonmember avatar robin

That lady has one of the best curvy body out there, so she's no size 0, but i would love to see her body in a bikini.

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