10/31/2014 03:22 EDT | Updated 10/31/2014 03:59 EDT

Padma Lakshmi Turns Heads In Plunging Gown

Forget Emily Ratajkowski—Padma Lakshmi is the real head-turner.

On Thursday the stunning "Top Chef" host attended the annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in New York City wearing a plunging gown that left little to the imagination.

The 44-year-old brunette beauty flaunted her curves (and then some) in a satin Cushnie et Ochs dress that featured a torso cut-out and moulded cups around her chest.

Displaying the confidence of a woman who knows she's the hottest person in the room, the author proved that it's not just twenty-somethings who look sexy on the red carpet.

Her confidence may have something to do with being a single mom with a busy social life. The cookbook author, who was recently linked to actor Richard Gere, told People that she finds it hard to find the time to date. "I date a lot less as a single mom – I'll tell you that," she said. "As you get older, I think it's harder to meet the right person. You just want to be careful because you have a family."

All we can say is that any guy would be lucky to go on a date with Padma!

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