Padma Lakshmi aka Lady Rushdie was born September 1, 1970 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
She is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, and model. Padma has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since Season Two.
In 2009 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for hosting Top Chef along with Tom Colicchio.
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Padma is the only child of a Pfizer executive and his first wife, Vijaya, who specializes in suicide prevention. Her parent separated when she was one year old. Eventually both of her parents remarried.
The famous model turned chef has a younger half-brother and a younger half-sister.
Her father quit his executive position at Pfizer to manage Padma's younger half-sister's career as an actress and classical dancer.
Padma told the media "my father had quit his job as an executive at Pfizer to manage her (half-sister) career. That was kind of like rubbing salt in the wound. I didn't understand why he wanted that relationship with her, and not with me."
When the lovely raven haired beauty was 14 years old she was involved in a car accident which caused a serious injury to her right arm requiring surgery, which left a 7-inch scar running between her elbow and her shoulder. The scar has become her trademark.
Padma discussed the accident in the April 2001 edition of Vogue. The accident occurred while she was being driven home from a Hindu temple in Malibu.
She told Vogue "Being in a car crash was like an exhilarating hallucination, an unbelievable moment that oddly remains one of the most beautiful images in my memory."
The car accident left Lakshmi with injuries including a fractured right hip and a shattered upper right arm.
The beauty went to high school in the City of Industry, California She is a 1992 graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, where she received a B.A. with honors in Theatre Arts.
Her career career began at age 16, when she was discovered by a modeling agent in India while sitting in a café. As she has stated, “I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York. I’m the first one to admit I was a novelty.”
She has modeled for top designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Ralph Lauren, and Alberta Ferretti and appeared in ad campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Versus. She was a favorite model of the photographer Helmut Newton, whose photographs of her often highlighted the large scar on her right arm.
Padma Lakshmi Hairstyle 411
Padma has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel India, Asian Woman, Avenue, Industry Magazine, Marie Claire (India Edition), Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Newsweek.
Lakshmi posed nude for the May 2009 issue of Allure magazine.
Padma's hairstyles are compatible with her various modeling and appearance roles. Her hair always represents her well.
Hairstyle: Long Raven Black Wavy Hairstyle
Padma is famous for wearing her clouds of raven black tresses in long, lush, romantic and classically texturized styles.
She alternates between wearing her long strands down in soft waves cascading around her shoulders or bone straight with just a hint of bend throughout the edges.
Sometimes she mixes things up by wearing a half up/half down hairstyle, a flirty ponytail or a range of chic twists, chignons and buns. Padma wears hairstyles which show off her gorgeous skin tone along with her beautiful eyes and lips.
Hairstyle Color: Dark Raven Black
Hairstyle Highlights/Lowlights: Padma's hair doesn't appear to have either highlights or lowlights.
Padma's hair is a gorgeous rich color with amazing shimmer, movement and shine. She does not appear to wear hair extensions, but in the entertainment world, anything is possible.
Texture: Padma's hair, which is medium in thickness, appears to be in excellent shape with some natural bend and wave.
Her long lengths consist of subtle layers placed throughout the interior and around the perimeters of her hairstyle.
These layers add extra movement and work well with flat or curling irons to achieve a smooth sleek result embedded with alternating textures.
Padma sometimes wears her hair in a nape neck knot and a variety of ponytails which showcase her lush texture and deep shine.
Fringe: Padma tends to wear her tresses brushed off the front of her hairline from either an off center or deep side part. In the past she has worn a wide range of parts including side parts and off center parts. She has also worn side swept fringes.
Face Shape: Depending on how Padma wears her hair, her face shape appears to be square with a more rounded chin. Because her face shape is mostly square, she looks best with her hair worn extending below her
She has gorgeous eyes and lips which help to balance her face shape.
By allowing her hair to flow softly along the perimeter of her face, she enhances the beauty of her eyes and lips without drawing attention to her prominent chin and nose.
Hairstyle Works Best: Padma has a beautiful hairline. Her hairstyle works best for tresses which are shoulder length or longer and all one length or with subtle layers.
The best texture for recreating this hairstyle is straighter hair with some bend or natural waves just like Padma. Of course tight curls might not work with this hairstyle, but any curls which can be temporarily straightened could also be an option.
Padma's hairstyle can be copied with or without a fringe. However, a fringe might be problematic for those with naturally curly tresses.
Hair Tools Required: This style is best achieved on freshly cleansed hair properly prepped with styling products to give the hair appropriate workability.
Note: Follow your regular cleansing routine whether it includes CO (Conditioning Only), WO (Water Only), DS (Diluted Shampoo) or undiluted formula.
Depending on the type, texture and current condition of your hair it may or may not be appropriate to utilize a leave-in conditioner, defrisant, styling spray and/or cream, sculpting hairspray, shine spray and/or serum drops.
Hair wax is also optional for creating different textures. If you want lots of volume you may want to consider using a volumizing program with shampoo and root spray. Utilize the products which work best for your hair type, texture and history.
Hairstyling Notes & Options
Padma's waves can be created by blow drying with a long diffuser attachment on a blow dryer to encourage natural waves and curls.
If preferred, hair can be sectioned and rolled into a wet set with self adhesive rollers and pins. The hair can be dried under a hood or similar style dryer.
Another option is to use pin curls or separate hair and roll individual strands around a finger and then pin.
If you prefer a more finished or textured look you can utilize, a small, medium or large barrel curling iron to fine tune wave formation. Use a long tail comb to create a desired part and a wide tooth comb to detangle.
To add strategically placed volume, fullness and/or length you may wish, if your base hair is long enough, to play with clip-in hair extensions, clip in fringes or a clip-in pony for a completely different look.
Steal Padma's Hair Style
This style is ideal for shoulder length or longer tresses which are medium in thickness. Follow the steps below to re-create Padma's sleek chignon hair style:
Start with a perfection hair cut which is all one length or with very slight layers throughout. Rachel's hair is cut in a mid-back length. The front angles start below the chin and flow back into longer progressive layers.
1. Begin styling by washing your hair in lukewarm water with a product designed to add back moisture and to treat colored or highlighted hair with tender loving care.
Optionally you may prefer to create this style on aged hair or you may wish to do a Condition Only (CO), Diluted Shampoo (DS) or Water Only (WO). Select the best option for your hair type, texture, condition and history.
2. Rinse hair well and then apply a moisturizing rinse-out conditioner focusing the products on the areas of the hair that are most dry or damaged. If your hair is fine or thin you may wish to skip this option or only apply to the ends of the hair.
3. For extra conditioning, if appropriate for your hair type and texture, substitute the rinse-out conditioner with a deep conditioner that is allowed to soak down into the hair's shaft.
4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to lock in moisture and add additional shine.
5. Towel blot or plop to remove excess moisture.
Apply a conditioning detangling spray or leave-in conditioner or apply a hair product cocktail (depending on your hair type, texture and condition) consisting of leave-in conditioner mixed with anti-frizz product. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy you may also wish to use a styling cream or balm for the last step.
6. Detangle strands with a wide tooth comb working from the ends to the roots. Create either a center or side part, depending on how you wish to style your hair.
7. For fullness, lift and volume throughout the crown, apply a volume enhancing product to the roots.
8. Separate strands into 1" to 2 1/2" sections and blow dry with a long finger diffuser or a boar's bristle round brush.
After each section is dry, wrap it around your finger in a ringlet curl and pin against the scalp. Continue to do this until all of your hair has been dried, re-curled and pinned. The larger the section wrapped into a pin curl, the larger the finished curls.
Note: If hair is naturally curly, do not use fingers to blow dry since this can add to frizz. Use a round boar's bristle brush or rest curls in diffuser bowl instead.
For added volume you may wish to consider a vent brush as you blow dry. Blow dry the top sections of hair using fingers to lift individual top strands and direct the air flow from ends to roots.
9. Once hair is 100% dry, unpin each ringlet. Bend over at the waist and lightly shake hair to loosen the newly formed waves with loose curls along the perimeter.
Finger pick and tousle to arrange waves and curls.
Avoid using a brush or a comb which will break up the newly formed curls. Lightly backcomb the crown area to create lots of height.
10. Gently smooth down the teased area. Apply a shine serum, shine spray or hair cream to seal in moisture and add a soft shine similar to Padma's.
Work shine product into the palms of your hands and then rake with your fingers from the ears down to the ends (avoid the roots to eliminate danger of any type of oil buildup).
11. When hair is styled to your desired texture, you may apply optional hairspray for hold and finish.
12. Adorn with a small jeweled clip or flower hair accessory if desired.
With the advantage of the revolutionary clip-on hair pieces from Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves' HairDo line, short haired people can instantly morph to much longer lengths and copy Padma's easy waves. It's truly a hair miracle.
On October 1, 2009, after years of struggling with endometriosis, a condition which causes irregularities in the uterus and has been known to cause infertility, Padma confirmed that she was pregnant.
On February 20, 2010, Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi.
She initially refused to publicly name the father of her daughter until March 18, 2010, when she confirmed that her daughter's father is Adam Dell.
Padma has a long and bright future in the entertainment world due to her beauty, charm and talent.
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- Revised Date: 05/20/10