Padma Lakshmi Biography
Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan
Author, Model, Actress, Television Host
Birthday / Date of Birth
Padma was born on 1 September 1970, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
She is currently 47 years old.
Lakshmi attended William Workman High School near Valinda, California. She graduated with BA Honors degree in Theatre Arts in 1992 from Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
She also has American citizenship.
- Father – Vaidyanathan (Executive with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer)
- Mother – Mother – Vijaya Lakshmi (Retired nurse with a specialization in oncology)
- Siblings – None
Salman Rushdie (2004 – 2007)
Padma began dating novelist Salman Rushdie in 200, and married him 17 April 2044, after living together for three years. Rushdie dedicated his novel Fury to her. The couple filed for divorce in July 2007 citing personal issues.
Shortly after, Padma started dating venture capitalist Adam Dell, who is the brother of the founder of Dell computers; Michael Dell. Their relationship was short lived, but during the course of their blissful years, they share a daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell (born February 20, 2010).
She, then, was reported to be dating businessman Nur Khan,who owns a chain of nightclubs and hotels in New York. Lakshmi was also romantically linked with billionaire investor Ted Forstmann, who died in 2011. There were severla theories about their relationship. Later, she was spotted wandering around with businessman Vikram Chatwal in 2012. They ended their relationship by the following year. She was rumored to be dating actor Richard Gere in 2014.
- In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
- In centimeters – 175 cm
- In meters – 1.75 m
- In Kilograms – 68 kg
- In Pounds – 150 lbs
- Measurements – 38-27-40
- Bust – 38 inches
- Waist – 27 inches
- Hip – 40 inches
- Bra Size – 36B
She wears a size 10 (US) shoe.
Her dress size is 12 (US).
In 1995, Padma Lakshmi made an uncredited appearance in a documentary titled Unzipped. Her proper role as a actress came in 2001 with the romantic drama, Glitter.
In 1988, Padma appeared in an adventure drama series Il Figlio di Sandokan.
She has had associated with Carl’s Jr. Hamburgers and Red.
Padma Lakshmi Net worth
Padma, being an Indian, has earned reputation in the western world for her contribution to arts. She is also proud awardee of Emmy awards, who has an estimated net worth of US$22 million as of 2017. she makes a huge deal of money for very episode she cast in Top Chef. With high-profile modeling and endorsement deals, she makes around US$ 8 million annually.
Lakhsmi lives in a luxury New York apartment which has been decorated with red and soft purples schemes with rare collectables.
Padma Lakshmi Favorites
- Favorite Food – Pizza, cheese, nachos, fried chicken, and potato chips
- Favorite Restaurants in NYC – Uncle Boons on 7 Spring St., Indochine on 430 Lafayette St., RedFarm on 529 Hudson St. and 2170 Broadway, Pongal on 110 Lexington Ave., Ganesh Temple Canteen on 45-57 Bowne St., Mission Chinese on 171 E. Broadway, Mission Cantina on 172 Orchard St.
- Favorite Holiday Destination – Mexico and Bali
- Favorite Shopping Places – Kalustyan’s, a spice store in New York City
- Favorite Beauty Product – Christine Chin’s daily renewal serum
Social Media Portfolio
After moving to the United States, Padma had even thought of changing her name to Angelique, but decided to stay with her original name.
As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, Lakshmi was bullied and endured racial taunts from classmates, which caused her to struggle to overcome “internalized self-loathing.”
She landed with modeling at the age of 21, when she was discovered by a modeling scout at a cafe in Madrid, Spain.
Going by her words, she is the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York, where she walked the runway for famous designers like Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren, to name a few.
She has graced the covers of Redbook, Vogue India, FHM, Cosmopolitan, L’Officiel India, Asian Woman, Avenue, Industry Magazine, Marie Claire (India Edition), Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Newsweek. She even went an extra mile posing nude for Allure magazine’s May 2009 edition.
Her debut book, Easy Exotic, a compilation of international recipes and short essays, earned her fame in food industry. It was named as the Best First Book at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at Versailles.
Padma has appeared in several international food series.
Lakshmi launched her first jewelry line in 2009 entitled Padma, and two tableware collections.
She has written columns for renowned publishers including The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Lakshmi is a co-founder of The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), a nonprofit organization, focused on increasing awareness, education, research, and legislative advocacy against the disease.
She was diagnosed with Endometriosis at the age of 36 but she was suffering from the pain since she was young.
She is aglobal ambassador for Keep a Child Alive organization and also a strong advocate of women rights.
In 2007, People Magazine placed her in their list of 100 Most Beautiful Women. The same year, she was ranked #87 on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 list.
Padma Lakshmi is a multilingual who can speak Tamil, English, Hindi, Spanish, and Italian.