Nigella's burkini moment

Last updated 05:00 25/04/2011
Nigella Lawson
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BURKINI BODY: Nigella Lawson's famous curves were this week hidden under a full body burkini.

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Nigella Lawson works hard for her money, even when she's flat on her back on Bondi Beach.

The woman known throughout the civilised world as the ''domestic goddess'' managed to keep her global food, lifestyle and media empire ticking away from the sands of Bondi this week with her trusty iPhone and iPad.

Lawson is rumoured to have been paid more than $150,000 to fly to Australia to appear in the new series of Channel Ten's much anticipated MasterChef. And she is making the most of her ''work trip'', bringing her daughter, Cosima, and a posse of mates who have made the most of Sydney's spectacular autumn weather.

The Daily Mail story this week. Staying in a glam suite at Ravesi's, overlooking the rolling surf at Bondi, Lawson has made something of a spectacle of herself around the beachside suburb.

On Monday she hit the surf wearing a full-body burkini, which she later said was to protect her alabaster skin. Photos of the bizarre swimming costume were immediately beamed to London where they, predictably, made front-page news.

On Tuesday she was spotted loitering outside the local St Vincent de Paul outlet before again hitting the beach, this time without the attention-grabbing swimsuit but with a large white-and-yellow-striped beach umbrella.

Lawson and her husband, the advertising supremo and avid modern art collector Charles Saatchi, are estimated to be worth a combined $230 million. The British press report that Lawson alone is worth nearly $20 million.

The couple, with their three children, call a $16 million London mansion home.

At the age of 51, Lawson and her famous curves have helped sell countless cookbooks and DVDs and have endorsed everything from tea bags to eggcups.

Lawson is accustomed to living the good life. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson (Baron Lawson of Blaby), a Conservative MP, and the chancellor of the exchequer in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet.

Her mother was the late Vanessa Salmon, a celebrated London socialite and heiress to the J. Lyons & Co fortune.

Lawson, who grew up among the silvertails of London in Kensington and Chelsea, reportedly favours Vivienne Westwood dresses, Taittinger champagne and celebrity beauticians.

But it hasn't always gone down well with the masses. In 1995 she was taken off a radio chat show for not having the ''common touch'' after revealing she employed people to do her shopping.

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