1 September 1970, Madras, India
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Salman Rushdie (17 April 2004 - 2007) (divorced)
Speaks five languages.
Has a seven inch scar on her right arm as a result of a major auto crash that she was in as a child.
Hosted "Padma's Passport" on the Food Network based on her popular cookbook, "Easy Exotic: A Model's Low-fat Recipes From Around The World".
Officially announced engagement to author Salman Rushdie on February 14, 2004, the 15th anniversary of the infamous fatwa issued against Rushdie by Islamic radicals for writing the novel "The Satanic Verses".
Was discovered by a photographer while spending part of her senior year studying in Spain and he convinced her to begin modeling.
Attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Wore a Luca Luca purple sari in her April 2004 wedding to Salman Rushdie.
Listed in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue. (May 7, 2007).
Ranked #87 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Is the first Indian woman to be a guest on and co-host on the TV show "The View" (1997) in 2007.
Appeared with Rocco DiSpirito on an episode of "Top Chef" (2006). They both have lived in the same apartment building in Manhattan, located at 415 E. 37th Street.
On February 20th 2010, she gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi.
Has battled endometriosis for many years.
At first tried to conceal the identity of the father of her daughter Krishna, but it was later revealed that Adam Dell, with whom Lakshmi had a short relationship, was the father of the baby.
"In India and Italy, where I lived for a long time, we like healthier, more voluptuous types." (2007)
"I write cookbooks and I'm an actress - two things that aren't always compatible, at least for the waistline." (2007)
The best part of modeling was traveling and increasing my knowledge of world cultures. (December 2007)
Some of my friends and people in the art world, including women, say they admire my body. I am proud of my body. Some compare it to the Chola bronzes. And they all wonder how I keep myself so fit. (December 2007)
I was brought to believe that the female form is a beautiful thing. I think it's not so much what you do but how you do it that matters. I don't think I've done anything that was exploitative. (December 2007)
All the pictures that have been taken of me are artistic. Even if they were provocative or revealing, I don't think they were vulgar. (December 2007)
I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York. I am the first one to admit I was a novelty. (December 2007)
It's healthy and attractive when a person has a good appetite!
Where Are They Now
(2007) Release of her cookbook, "Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day".