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ByAlex Ceneviva/Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 9:14 am EST
Chances are even if you're not into culinary shows or even cooking that you've still heard of TV chef Giada De Laurentiis. The Italian culinary queen rose to fame in 2003 thanks to her hit Food Network show, "Everyday Italian," and has since appeared in several other cooking series for the network, as well as made appearances on talk shows as a celebrity chef over the years.
Despite her successes in the kitchen and on TV,De Laurentiis has definitely experienced the downsides of fame, too. Not only has the mother-of-one been accused of having affairs with musician John Mayer and fellow chef Bobby Flay, but she's also been criticized for not eating what she cooks, as well as for how she interacts with fans. Yet, it's safe to say whatDe Laurentiis is mostly called out for is how she dresses,often coming under fire for how much skin she shows, in particular. However, it seems that she hasn't let the haters stop her from wearing what she wants, even if she doesn't always love the sex symbol status that comes with it. In 2011,De Laurentiis revealed to Redbook, "It's almost ingrained in people that, just like you can't be a smart model, you can't be a good-looking cook."
Whether the "Simply Giada" star is using her outfits on purpose to break down those barriers or not, she doesn't appear to mind causing a little controversy with how she dresses — so let's break down some of Giada De Laurentiis' outfits that many have deemed inappropriate.
Her plunging bathing suit led to a wardrobe malfunction
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Some might argue that any outfit that results in a wardrobe malfunction is probably inappropriate, and that's exactly what happened to Giada De Laurentiis when she was wearing a blue bathing suit while at the beach in Miami in 2019. The suit's plunging neckline apparently wasn't made for splashing around in the waves since the TV chef had a bit of a nip slip when emerging from the water, per theDaily Mail.
Unfortunately for De Laurentiis, the paparazzi were there to capture the exact moment that she fell out of her suit, and when the photos hit the internet, many were quick to judge the TV host for wearing the outfit in the first place. For example, one person wrote on theFood Network Gossipblog, "Giada is ALWAYS advertising. She was already uncovered, so it's to be expected that even a slight wave would take the pic a step further." Another commented, "The key word is 'thirsty.'"
YetDe Laurentiis didn't seem to mind that the bathing suit may have caused her to show more than planned. She posted a photo of herself wearing it alongside her daughter on her Instagram, captioning the snapshot with, "Beach day w/ my girl." Of course, some did feel the need to comment on her look there, too, writing things like "Cover Up" or, as one fan put it, "Your suit is not leaving much to the imagination Giada! You might as well have been topless out there."
Viewers find Giada De Laurentiis' TV outfits too revealing
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Giada De Laurentiis has often been criticized for what she wears on TV since many viewers find her dresses or shirts too low cut. The Food Network star is also frequentlyaccused of showing off excessive cleavage or her midriff, which some find inappropriate for cooking shows. Yet the star told Redbook, "I didn't want to be known as the sexy cook. I wanted people to think I really had some cooking chops." In fact,De Laurentiis revealed to Paradethat viewers' perception of her from her clothing actually makes things harder. She dished, "When you don't fit the image people have [of a chef], it's difficult to break that wall down."
Some have even gone so far as to start an online petition forDe Laurentiis to have to cover her body on the Food Network, claiming, "She is a disturbance and promotes sexuality to innocent viewers." While one specific outfit hasn't been blamed, it seems anything that shows her body off is deemed improper by some.
De Laurentiis' looks even apparently caused her problems before the fame. "I developed breasts when I was 9 years old," she recalled to Redbook. "... I would literally sit in class hunched over because I was so embarrassed about my body." However, these days she's more about embracing it for her daughter's sake, which could be the reason behind her clothing choices. "I felt like I had to show Jade [her daughter] that her mom is proud of who she is," she said.
She wears designer but preaches affordability
Wearing expensive designer clothing is nothing new for most celebrities, but some might feel it's inappropriate when Giada De Laurentiis does it since it's against what she preaches to fans. For example, when offering styling tips to SFGate, the star suggested inexpensive items, claiming, "I believe in accessories — they are affordable and can really enhance an outfit." De Laurentiiseven pointed out, "I have a lot of inexpensive bracelets and earrings." In 2013, she also promoted a clothing line at Target on the "Today"show's website, saying "it didn't break the bank."
While it makesDe Laurentiis more relatable to fans when she delivers economical fashion ideas, she then seemingly contradicts herself when she flaunts her splurges (though, to be fair, she does have an estimated $30 million net worth). In particular, the "Behind the Bash" host has worn the high-end Italian designer Missoni multiples times, most notably to the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards. She also gushed to SFGate that she's "madly in love with [her] Hermes belt with the classic 'H.'" Even on her website, Giadzy, the chef has advised readers how to shop on an exotic Italian vacation, advocating they buy leather in Florence and designer goods in Milan, which for many of her fans isn't a very realistic way to spend their money.
These days though, it seems that De Laurentiis is making an effort to find dresses that those on a budget might afford: For the 2021 Daytime Emmy Awards, she donned a designthat could be purchasedfor less than $500.
The TV chef celebrated her 50th birthday in a bikini
Giada De Laurentiis rang in her 50th birthday in a sizzling bikini and took to her Instagram in August 2020 to post a photo of herself wearing it. While some fans thought the TV chef looked amazing, other followers found it inappropriate — whether it was that someone her age was wearing a bikini or her lack of clothes — and took to the comments to let her know. One person wrote, "Loose morals and full of herself," while another commented "hard cringe." Others sadly used the "Simply Giada" star's bikini post as an opportunity to criticize her body. One troll wrote, "Too much information...knock knees and rolls!" and another wrote, "Give me a break you look anorexic."
Unfortunately,De Laurentiis is probably used to getting judged for her slim figure anytime wears something that shows off her body. According to Health, the chef frequently is asked how she stays so thin around all the food she cooks. She dished to the outlet, "That is the number-one question, and the answer is I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything. Everything in moderation."
Despite De Laurentiis'claims, a source toldPage Sixthat the TV personality apparently "spits out" the food she tastes on her show. The source claimed, "They have a dump bucket that is brought out the second they cut." Still,De Laurentiis has continued to preach a healthy lifestyle as the reason, saying, "I do yoga with an instructor for an hour three times a week. ... And I go hiking."
Giada De Laurentiis' voter shirt caused a stir
Giada De Laurentiis caused some controversy in 2020 for a t-shirt she wore in an Instagram post. This time, the uproar wasn't due to what the "Giada at Home" star's outfit showed off, but instead because of what it read, which was simply, "I am a voter."De Laurentiis posted a photo of herself wearing it while pointing at her daughter, Jade,who was wearing a similar t-shirt that read, "I am a (future) voter."
The mother-daughter duo may have promoted civic duty, butDe Laurentiis never pushed for any particular candidate or even mentioned who she was voting for in the post.Yet, some of her followers felt it inferred other things, with one writing, "liberal voter ... disgrace!" Another thought quite the opposite, commenting, "So happy you voted early for President Trump." However, one fan was upset thatDe Laurentiis' shirt wasn't political enough, writing, "Silence is complicity. Voted Biden/Harris to save the USA from brainwashed, entitled racists." Either way,De Laurentiis couldn't win, and hert-shirt definitely got people fired up, with another person commenting, "this comment section reeks toxicity."
De Laurentiis may have been expecting some push back, considering this wasn't the first time herfans got worked up over a seemingly innocuous albeit political post. When she shared a pic of herself wearing an "I voted" sticker onFacebook and Twitter in 2018, hundreds used the comments sections to debate their politics.Despite the ongoing criticism over her outfits, we have no doubt GiadaDe Laurentiis will continue to wear what she wants.
Why isn t Giada on the Food Network anymore? ›
Giada De Laurentiis is parting ways with the Food Network. After 21 years as a host and chef personality at the network, she will no longer collaborate on new projects there, and instead signed a multi-year deal for unscripted series production with Amazon Studios.What is Giada doing now? ›
After nearly 20 years as one of the network's most recognizable faces, the Emmy-winning host has signed a multi-year deal with Amazon Studios. Giada will develop and executive produce original unscripted programming for Amazon, Deadline reported, including projects featuring the chef in front of the camera.Why is Giada skinny? ›
If you're really wondering how the chef stays so skinny she says it's because “I don't eat all the pasta. I eat a couple bites of the pasta; I don't eat all of it. I eat a little bit of chocolate. I don't eat an entire platter of anything.”Does Giada cook in her own kitchen? ›
Though renowned chef Giada De Laurentiis is an Emmy-winning Food Network personality, cookbook author, restaurateur and entrepreneur, she prepares her meals in her home kitchen like everybody else.At what age did Giada leave Italy? ›
Giada De Laurentiis was born in Italy and was bullied after moving to the United States at 7 years old.Did Bobby Flay go out with Giada? ›
What Happened Between Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay? Nothing romantic ever happened between Giada and Bobby Flay. Rumors of a romance between the two Food Network stars first occurred in 2015 after both had split from their respective spouses.What chef quit the Food Network? ›
Giada De Laurentiis, chef, mom to Jade and regular TODAY guest, is officially leaving the Food Network after 20 years.How does Giada keep her teeth white? ›
Well, thanks to Living Magazine, we now know why they are so sparkling white, too, and it might surprise you to learn it's because of an item she keeps in her refrigerator at all times: teeth whitener.Does Giada eat meat? ›
She loads up on healthy fats.
In addition to green veggies, Giada allows herself to eat animal protein, a small portion of carbs, and a serving of healthy fat at one of her daily meals. One of her go-to proteins?
The two will share joint custody of their daughter, Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson, who is 7-years-old. TMZ was the first to report the story.
What does Giada eat? ›
"She focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nutritious proteins to keep it well rounded, while still enjoying foods like pasta, wine and desserts in moderation."What frying pans does Giada use? ›
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Cerise.What appliances does Giada use? ›
According to Delish, Giada uses Lagostina kitchenware all the time on her show.Is the Pioneer Woman leaving Food Network? ›
Despite rumors circulating that Ree was looking toward starting a new chapter in her career, she has not made any official announcement about leaving Food Network.Does Giada throw up? ›
Giada Spits Out Food, and So Do I
Page Six interviewed an inside source who claimed, "When Giada films her cooking show, she never eats. Never. When she is making drinks and food that she has to drink or eat, they have a dump bucket that is brought out the second they cut" for her to spit.
Watch Giada at Home Online | Stream on fuboTV (Free Trial)What is Giada's new cooking show? ›
Storyline. Features Giada De Laurentiis as she shares recipes, offers expert advice and showcase delicious dishes perfect for entertaining friends and help people have a healthy life.