By Annie Barrett
Updated July 08, 2010 at 04:55 PM EDT

Image Credit: David Giesbrecht/BravoI’m sure it’s like an expensive designer top or whatever, but this does not change the fact that during the Quickfire Challenge on last night’s Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi looked like a very fancy turtle.

Or maybe the black stuff is a shield with which she can keep Angelo’s honey-tinged baby food away from her newborn or fend off physical advances from Alex in heat during his “Make Baby, Not Food” crusade, though if that were the case the shield should really be lower.

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