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Padma Lakshmi

Lakshmi at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Native name Tamil: பத்மா பார்வதி லக்ஷ்மி வைத்யநாதன்
Born Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan
(1970-09-01) September 1, 1970 (age 46)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Citizenship American
Occupation Model, author, actress, TV host
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Salman Rushdie (m. 2004; div. 2007)
Children 1
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown

In truth, I am a single mother. But I don't feel alone at all in parenting my daughter. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends.
Padma Lakshmi
I'm an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other.
Padma Lakshmi
I usually doze off between 7:30 and 9 p.m. while putting my baby to sleep. Then I suddenly wake up remembering I'm an adult with no bedtime. I spend the next four hours catching up on reading, e-mails, and other adult pursuits until I collapse for good until sunrise.
Padma Lakshmi
I like me better naked. I don't mean that in a vain way… When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don't have any clothes on, it's just you, raw, and you can't hide.
Padma Lakshmi
I don't have any stigma attached to my body. When I'm in my own private space, I have very little on.
Padma Lakshmi
I tend to sleep in the nude… I'm a sensual-leaning woman. You have to use the word 'leaning' or it sounds like I'm boasting.
Padma Lakshmi
I have great empathy for all the contestants that come on 'Top Chef,' whether they go home right away or they make it to the finish line. It's a very vulnerable position they put themselves in and I feel for them.
Padma Lakshmi
Whenever I'm in sync with the trends, it's always an accident. I still love wearing clothes I've had for ten years. I think understated luxury is the chicest thing.
Padma Lakshmi
You don't want your jewelry to make you look fat. A lot of what's out there now does – you just wind up looking like a Christmas tree.
Padma Lakshmi
During the course of filming 'Top Chef,' I gain 15 lbs., so I'm used to needing two dress sizes.
Padma Lakshmi
I'm not attached to things at all. I'm very lucky to have quite a few beautiful things, but if I look back at my life, I was often happiest when I had very little.
Padma Lakshmi
The best thing you can do for someone is make them a beautiful plate of food. How else can you invade someone's body without actually touching them?
Padma Lakshmi
For a long time, I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was desperate to find something that fit me and I just decided that if I could organically make a professional living out of the things that interested me, then I would be a happy person.
Padma Lakshmi
I wasn't like those girls who give birth and are back on the runway. It took me probably six months to gain 45 pounds and I would say it took me double that time to lose it.
Padma Lakshmi
I'm the kind of girl who thinks about what she's gonna cook for dinner when she's finishing her lunch.
Padma Lakshmi
I never Tweet about my daughter. Never. I just want to be respectful of her privacy. My job as a mom is to know when to open my mouth and when not to.
Padma Lakshmi
Every city has a Donald Trump; ours is just the Trumpiest.
I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York.
Padma Lakshmi
I love seafood. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm probably a pescetarian.
Padma Lakshmi
Where is it written that a smart woman can't also be stacked?
I've always thought the back is one of the most beautiful parts of a woman. I've created four versions of the front-to-back necklace which actually gives you two necklaces in one. I love the way they swing and catch the light as a woman is walking away. You almost want to pull on it and stop her!
Padma Lakshmi
Jewelry should not upstage you. I pick one hot point on my body that I'm going to highlight. Let one area do the singing – you don't want to hear three songs at once.
Padma Lakshmi
I think wine is such a big universe that it's kind of like food – it's intimidating to a lot of people, myself included.
Padma Lakshmi
I'm not of the American ilk that, you know, your lover needs to be your best friend and know you inside out. I think he should know you well enough to please you. Otherwise, what secret will there be to tell him when you're ninety?
Padma Lakshmi
I was lucky to have a successful career as a model, but that was just a way to pay off my college loans.
Padma Lakshmi
Flowers die and wine gets consumed. Both are lovely. I appreciate both. Wine and roses. I actually had someone bring me a lobe of foie gras once.
Padma Lakshmi
From the simple stringing together of lemon garlands for the goddess Durga, to dividing the prasadam or blessed foods for the children first, I came to associate food not only with feminity, but also with purity and divinity.
Padma Lakshmi
I've always had a fantasy to write a cookbook, because everyone wants to know what a model eats.
Padma Lakshmi
Part of my job as a food writer is to describe food. So my work on 'Top Chef,' I feel, is an extension of that. When we give a criticism to the contestant, we want to make sure we tell them why it's not working and why it would work if they did it a different way.
Padma Lakshmi
I am a sufferer of endometriosis. I didn't want any young women to go through what I went through. I thought that people should know about it.
Padma Lakshmi
All chefs are like Jewish mothers. They want to feed you and feed you and impress you. It's an eagerness to please.
Padma Lakshmi
It doesn't matter how precisely the onion is cut as long as the person chewing it is happy.
Padma Lakshmi
One thing that happens when you're pregnant is that as your stomach starts to stretch. It itches! So I have to keep my belly really lubricated. Every morning, there's a buttering ceremony after I get out of the shower. It's really like basting a turkey with body butter.
Padma Lakshmi
I really like to sometimes go into food detox and eat very simply.
I've been a model for 15 years, and I've been on 'Top Chef' for eight seasons, and before that I had other cooking shows, so I've learned a thing or two about how to camouflage certain areas and how to draw the eye to a preferable area of the body.
Padma Lakshmi
If you like a wine that you drink, now with your phone, it's so easy. Just take a picture of the label. You learn about it. You learn where it comes from and what the soil is like and why you like it. And that'll lead you to another wine.
Padma Lakshmi
For a while, I became an atheist; now that I'm grown up, though, I'm not hard-edged enough to be an atheist. Even though I live with a flaming atheist, I love going to temple. I love all the rituals.
Padma Lakshmi
I know most people use their phones to tell time, but there's something very romantic and beautiful about a timepiece.
Padma Lakshmi
People are thrown off by someone who looks feminine, but is also strong. It's not that pretty girls aren't smart, it's that women aren't strong.
Padma Lakshmi
People always comment about my clothes. They don't think a fashionable woman can love food and be knowledgeable and actually cook.
Padma Lakshmi
My first taste memory is pickle. Even as a kid, I was really weird. I liked chillis. I used to climb up the shelves in my grandmother's pantry. The pickle jar was kept right at the top. One time, I dropped the jar and it broke. I was totally busted.
Padma Lakshmi
Wine, like food, is so emotional. If you think about it, so much of the courting ritual is surrounded by wine and food. There's a built-in romance to wine.
Padma Lakshmi
My mom was scared of the old Times Square so I was never allowed to go. Now I'm scared of the new Times Square, so I still never go.
Padma Lakshmi
Every country I would go to, even if it was just on a modeling job, I would go to their markets. If I went to Morocco for 'Elle' magazine, I would be in the spice markets during my off time and just come back with a suitcase full of stuff that I really wanted to try.
Padma Lakshmi
The cookbooks and the writing in general have been a real bonus, but it's not something I've ever pursued… I've been lucky, I guess.
Padma Lakshmi
I grew up a vegetarian. Then, because I grew up in the states, I started slowly eating meat. First it was bologna sandwiches, or pepperoni on pizza.
Padma Lakshmi
I love to use a lot of spices when I cook, so we actually cast a real peppercorn in gold and then just made a bead out of it for necklaces and earrings.
Padma Lakshmi
Whether I'm making a recipe or a piece of jewelry or a white-rose-and-jasmine tea or the perfume, I like to think of myself as a happy little sorceress, and if I could just have a little general store with all that stuff and give people a sense of my taste, that would be lovely.
Padma Lakshmi
I am as omnivorous as it's possible to be. I always say there's nothing I won't eat and nothing I won't wear.
Padma Lakshmi
You don't need expensive classes and all kinds of weird equipment if you really want to be in shape. There are great ways to do it that are very economical, it just takes a time commitment, even if it means waking up a half hour a day before the rest of the household gets up because that's the only time you have.
Padma Lakshmi
I work out all the time! I don't just sit around and eat burgers whenever I want. Oh, if I could I probably would, but I don't.
Padma Lakshmi
I love clothes, but really I don't have that much to say about skirts. Before I was writing, I went to fashion shows only when the designer was a good friend and I was there to show support.
Padma Lakshmi
I'm not tough. I'm tenacious.
I think eating in itself is the act of great sensuality, so all you have to do is point the camera in the right direction.
Padma Lakshmi