Padma Lakshmi just gave a (literal) middle finger to troll who said she has "fat arms"

Padma Lakshmi isn't here for body shaming – and rightfully so! After finding herself on the receiving end of some nasty body comments, the author and activist took to Instagram to clap back at trolls, and wow, what a clap back it was.

ICYMI, last week Padma featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – alongside record-breaker Martha Stewart – and shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot on social media.

Despite there being plenty of praise for Padma's Sports Illustrated shoot, not everyone was kind and one person even suggested she should "lift weights" to change her "fat arms". To that, Padma had the perfect response.

"Somebody commented on Instagram yesterday that I have fat arms and should lift weights," she said in an Instagram Reel as she cooked up a storm in the kitchen. When asked if she "had anything to say to them", Padma gave a strong and sassy middle finger to the camera, followed by a cheeky smile.

Iconic behaviour, if you ask us.

"Hold that finger up with pride. Tired of people making comments on other people out of sheer jealousy and their own insecurities. You show them queen," one person said in the comments section in response to Padma's, err, response. "Why are we still commenting on people’s bodies??? Ugh," another person added, as someone else chimed in with: "You tell them! Also just waiting for a time when people realise we don’t have to comment on other people’s bodies!!"

Fellow icon Drew Barrymore also heaped on the praise for Padma, commenting: "Ahhahahahhahhahhahahah."

Someone else simply said: "How does someone look at Padma and complain?"


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