Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

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Padma Lakshmi is a popular American actress, model, cookbook writer, executive producer, and TV personality. Padma Lakshmi is famous for her award-winning cookbook “Easy Exotic” in 1999.

Early Life and Childhood

Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan is the real full birth name of Padma. She was born on September 1, 1970, and is currently 51 years old. She was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and she made her career in New York, America. Therefore, Padma is Indian-American by nationality. Similarly, she follows Hinduism and her birth sign is Virgo.

Talking about her family background, Padma was born to her father Vaidyanathan and her mother Vijaya Lakshmi. Vaidyanathan was an executive in a pharmaceutical organization and Vijay Lakhsmi was a medical attendant. Padma’s parents divorced when she was just 2 years old and later remarried. However, Padma spent her childhood in her grandparent’s home in Chennai, India.


Moving towards her educational details, Padma completed her schooling at William Workman High School, City of Industry, California. Later, she joined the Clark University, Worchester (Massachusetts), and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts.


Enhancing her favorite things and hobbies, Padma is a huge fan of actor Tom Cruise and actress Emma Stone. Similarly, she loves Italian food, loves shopping, and travels in her free time. Likewise, her favorite color is pink and her dream holiday destination is Miami.

Professional Life and Career

Padma Lakshmi started her career at the age of 21 as a model. She says that she is the first Indian to model in Paris, New York, and Milan profession. She used to pay her college fees from her modeling career. Padma has worked as a model for several top designers like “Ralph Lauren”, “Gianni Versace”, “Alberta Ferretti”, and “Giorgio Armani”. She has also appeared in “Vogue India”, “FHM”, “V”, “Asian Women”, and many more.

Similarly, Padma hosted the food network series named “Padma’s Passport” where she cooked recipes over the world. Moreover, she was also seen in shows such as “30 Rock” (2009) and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (2014). She also writes for Vogue Magazine and The New York Times.

In 2009, Padma starred in the music video named “That Look You Give That Guy”. Padma wrote and released her first cookbook named “Easy Exotic” in 1999. The book gained huge appreciation. Likewise, her second cookbook “Tangy, Tart, Hot, and Sweet” was published on October 2, 2007.

Her first autobiography named “Love, Loss and What We Ate” was released on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016. In the same year, she also published the “Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs”.

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Caption: Padma’s new memoir (Source:

Net worth and Achievements

The famous author and model Padma has an estimated net worth of around $40 million US dollars. Likewise, she also owns a beautiful apartment in New York. In addition, her ex-boyfriend Teddy has left $1.8 billion for her daughter Krishna at the time of his death. In addition, Padma’s annual salary as a TV host is $55k US dollars.

Padma hasn’t received any awards till now but has been nominated for several awards. Some of the awards in which Lakshmi has been nominated are Primetime Emmy Awards (2007, 2009, 2014-2020), Gold Derby Awards (2011), Gotham Awards (2021), and PGA Awards (2016-2019).

Relationship Status

Padma Lakshmi married her boyfriend Salman Rushdie in the year 2004. Salman is an Indian novelist. Unfortunately, the couple got divorced in the year 2007, just after three years of marriage.

After divorce, Padma dated the capitalist Adam Dell. The couple also has a child together; a daughter named Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell. The couple also broke up for certain reasons. After that, she was in a relationship with Teddy Forstmann. Teddy was the CEO of IMG but he died in 2014. Similarly, she also once dated actor Richard Gere.

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Caption: Padma with her daughter Krishna (Source: Instagram)

In 2017, Padma and Adam patched up. In 2019, the couple was spotted holding hands with each other and Padma also had a ring on her finger.

Body Measurements and Social Media

When it comes to her physical statistics, Padma is 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m) tall and weighs around 68 kg. Similarly, her actual body measurements (Chest-Waist-Hip) are 38-27-40 inches. Her bra size is 36B. In addition, she has black hair with a pair of beautiful dark brown eyes.

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Caption: Padma in her pose (Source: Instagram)

Padma Lakshmi is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has 238k followers on Facebook and over 784.4k followers on Twitter. Padma also has an Instagram account with huge 1.1 million followers.