Padma Lakshmi, Chelsea Handler Flash Flesh for ‘Allure’

Egads, did Hugh Hefner recently purchase Allure or something?

First supermodel Cindy Crawford stripped down for the magazine’s pages. Now Allure is presenting not one, but five female celebs in the buff in its May 2009 issue.

Top Chef host/burger-porn actress Padma Lakshmi, Boston Public actress Sharon Leal, The Merchant of Venice star Lynn Collins, Dollhouse actress Eliza Dushku and Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler took it all off for the camera, offering some insight into their bodies in the process. Selected excerpts from their revelations follow.

Padma Lakshmi on her sleeping habits: “I tend to sleep in the nude. I’m an innately tactile person and a very sensual-leaning woman. You have to use the word ‘leaning’ or it sounds like I’m boasting! When I’m in my own private space, I do spend time with very little on.”

Lynn Collins on her decision to pose nude: “Women with confidence in their bodies are the sexiest thing, so I put on my cape of courage and did it. It was quite liberating!”

Sharon Leal on how she prepared for the photo-shoot: “I tried not to have my late-night French-fry fix, and I tried to mentally prepare and keep the fear at bay.”

Chelsea Handler on her favorite part of her body: “My boobs are good. They’re real and perky. Even if you can’t see them, the important thing is that I know about them, and the guys I’ve slept with know about them.”

Have your say in the comments section: What do you think of Allure’s nudie-fest?