Padma Lakshmi

Date of Birth: 01/09/1970
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Country: United States
Occupation: Author, actress and model

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Career: Padma started her career as a model. She was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York and was a favourite of the photographer Helmut Newton. She has written two cookbooks, Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet and has been the host of US reality TV show Top Chef since 2006.

Relationships: She married the novelist Salman Rushdie on 17th April 2004, but they filed for divorce in July 2007. She gave birth to a daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi, on 20th February 2010 and the father was later revealed to be venture capitalist Adam Dell, who later sought full custody of their daughter.

FYI: In 2009 she launched a line of jewellery called Padma.