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Padma Lakshmi commands attention in a strapless dress on the 73rd National Book Awards in NYC

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Padma Lakshmi commands attention in a formfitting strapless dress on the 73rd National Book Awards in NYC

Padma Lakshmi turned heads in a surprising strapless gown on the 73rd National Book Awards in NYC on Wednesday.

The media personality, 52, looked typically gorgeous within the clinging pastel-colored number, which had a brief train.

The wonder glowed as she walked the event’s red carpet at Cipriani Wall Street.

Showstopper: Padma Lakshmi turned heads in a surprising strapless gown on the 73rd National Book Awards in NYC on Wednesday

The mother-of-one showed off her svelte frame as she modeled the look, which boasted a thigh-high slit.

It pulled in at her midsection, accentuating her trim waistline and complementing her statuesque figure. 

Padma, a longtime host on Top Chef, added statement-making jewelry as she rocked a gold necklace with a big turquoise pendant.

On her wrist she donned a single gold cuff, and he or she walked in nude-colored open-toe heels. 

Beauty: The media personality, 52, looked typically gorgeous in the clinging pastel-colored number, which had a short train

Beauty: The media personality, 52, looked typically gorgeous within the clinging pastel-colored number, which had a brief train

Lakshmi’s thick and luscious dark hair was voluminous because it dusted her shoulders in bouncy curls.

She rejoiced along with her makeup look as she used a vibrant blue eyeshadow that coordinated along with her necklace.

Padma was the image of elegance as she dusted her cheeks in warm, pink tone, ending the look with a pink lip stain.

Making an entrance! The Indian-born superstar glowed as she walked the event's red carpet at Cipriani Wall Street

Making an entrance! The Indian-born superstar glowed as she walked the event’s red carpet at Cipriani Wall Street

The National Book Awards were established in 1950 by the non-profit organization National Book Foundation.

Annually, the ceremony honors the perfect selections of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. 

This yr’s winners were chosen by a panel of 5 judges – Ben Fountain, Brandon Hobson, Pam Houston, Dana Johnson, and Michelle Malonzo. 

Elegant: Ingrid Rojas Contreras attended the affair in a strapless black dress with a deep v-neck center

Elegant: Ingrid Rojas Contreras attended the affair in a strapless black dress with a deep v-neck center

Ingrid Rojas Contreras attended the affair in a strapless black dress with a deep v-neck center.

The Colombian-born writer made it to the finalist category for her book The Man Who Could Move Clouds.

She added a pop of color to her elegant look with a daring red lip, which matched her vibrant manicure and pedicure. 

Beauty: Sabaa Tahir was a sight to see as she donned a green dress with intricate embellishments throughout

Beauty: Sabaa Tahir was a sight to see as she donned a green dress with intricate embellishments throughout

Sabaa Tahir was a sight to see as she donned a green dress with intricate embellishments throughout.

Her 2022 literary effort All My Rage took home the award for Young People’s Literature.

Also in attendance was winner Tess Gunty, who won within the fiction category for her novel The Rabbit Hunch. 

Sarah Thankam was a finalist within the fiction category for her work, All This Could Be Different. 

Honored writers: Also in attendance were prestigious writers Tess Gunty and Sarah Thankam Matthews Sarah Thankam was a finalist in the fiction category for her work, All This Could Be Different

Honored novelists: Also in attendance were prestigious writers Tess Gunty and Sarah Thankam Matthews

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