Lakshmi's career began at age 20, While spending her final year at school in Spain, Lakshmi was discovered by a photographer, who noticed her inky black hair, long sinewy frame, and high cheekbones. She began modeling, and within a few years, she was working with major designers and was an in-demand figure in the fashion industry.
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 that I was a novelty. Lakshmi claims to be a pioneer as a model of Indian descent.Â Â Â
She has a style and class of her own. No matter what she wears she looks hot and stunning. Whether it's a charity ball or a fashion event you can't help but notice her. She always manages to look different and stylish, and with that attitude no wonder she was voted amongst the top 100 sexiest Woman in People's Magazine.Â
She has modelled for top designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Ralph Lauren, and Alberta Ferretti and done ad campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Versus. She has appeared on the magazine covers of Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel India, Newsweek, Asian Woman, Avenue, and Industry.Â She was a favorite model of the photographer Helmut Newton, whose photographs of her often highlighted the large scar on her right arm.
In 2004, she met highly acclaimed and controversial author Salman Rushdie at a lunch party, and by April that year, the two were married.
Two years later, she became the host of the Bravo competitive reality show Top Chef, starting with its second season. Top Chef, in which she is a judge as well as host, pits 15 talented contestants against one another over three tense months. Each week, Padma will tell one of them to "pack your knives and go."Â
Lakshmi, who has starred in two mini-series and one feature film, and has delivered her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet .On the big screen, she joined Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott in Paul Mayeda Berges' newest film Mistress of Spices. Â
Padma Lakshmi, the model, cookbook author, actress, jewelry designer, and host of Bravo's Top Chef, believes that her greatest asset is not her beauty, her intellect, or her indomitable gumption. Rather, it is her taste. "Whether it's my taste in food, my taste in clothes, my taste in music, furnishings, or art," she says confidently, "that is the one skill I have, and it can be applied to anything."
According to Lakshmi, what you see is what you get. "There was no interior decorator who came into my apartment and said, This would look kitschy and great. There wasn't a ghostwriter who said, It would be cool if you had an essay about Morocco in your cookbook," she says. "The things I've accomplished have really been on my own steam. For good or bad, every word, every picture, every taste is mine."