Padma Lakshmi is an Indian-born American author, actress, model, television host and executive producer. (All pictures courtesy: Padma Lakshmi's Instagram account)
Padma Lakshmi's birth name is Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan
Padma Lakshmi has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006
Padma Lakshmi received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Top Chef
In 2010, Padma Lakshmi-hosted Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Padma Lakshmi's debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the 'Best First Book' award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Padma Lakshmi debut memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate was released on International Women's Day on March 8, 2016
Padma Lakshmi was born in Madras, India
Padma Lakshmi's parents divorced when she was two
Padma Lakshmi's mother moved to US. Padma grew up living with her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York
When Padma Lakshmi was 14 years old, she met with a car accident in Malibu, California
The accident left Padma Lakshmi with a fractured right hip and a crushed right upper arm
Padma Lakshmi underwent a surgery on her arm which left her with a 7-inch scar
Padma Lakshmi started modelling at the age of 21 while studying in Madrid, Spain
Padma Lakshmi has modelled for the top designers worldwide
Padma Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in the 2003 film 'Boom' as Shiela Bardez
Padma Lakshmi played the role of Geeta in Paul Mayeda Berges' 2005 film 'The Mistress of Spices'
Padma Lakshmi also made a guest appearance on the NBC series '30 Rock' in 2009
Padma Lakshmi has also appeared on 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' in 2014
In 2009, Padma Lakshmi starred in the Eels music video for the song 'That Look You Give That Guy' playing the love interest of Mark Oliver Everett
Padma Lakshmi has previously stripped off for magazines including Playboy and Allure
Speaking about fitness, Padma Lakshmi says, "I'm lucky. I have a fast metabolism, I'm tall, and my digestive tract is ironclad and can really take a beating."
"Having been a model for 15 years, I know a thing or two about how to dress if I've put on a few pounds. And I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season of Top Chef. Then I spend 12 weeks working it off," says Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi welcomed daughter Krishna in 2010
Asked how she achieved her incredible post-baby body, Padma Lakshmi replied, "No meat, no cheese, no wheat, no fried food, no alcohol. I boxed twice a week, I lifted weight twice a week. For cardio, I ran up and down stairs, up to 70 flights a day. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do."
Padma Lakshmi told a magazine that she went from a size 4 to a size 14 when she was pregnant
As per her experience, Padma Lakshmi says men don't want girls who are skinny
The TV host said that men paid her more attention when she was a size 14
Padma Lakshmi had earlier said that she used to gain 15 pounds with every season of 'Top Chef'
The 'Top Chef' star says that she loves food way too much to starve herself just to look good, but she puts in the work at the gym so she can enjoy what she eats
Padma Lakshmi said that after each season of Top Chef, she follows 'a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat' while working out five days a week, boxing three days and lifting weights the other two
Talking about her pregnancy weight, Padma Lakshmi said that she went from a size four to a size 14 when carrying baby girl Krishna and it took her 13 months to shed all those extra pounds
Padma Lakshmi has written a revealing autobiography which includes intimate details of her failed marriage to celebrated author Salman Rushdie
Padma Laxmi chronicled details of her relationship with the Mumbai-born Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie in 'Love, Loss and What We Ate'
"I just wanted my own identity. I was making the transition out of one stage of my life and into another. But in order to do that, it required that I wasn't everywhere that he [Rushdie] needed me to be," Padma Lakshmi told
Padma Lakshmi met Salman Rushdie in 1999 at a party in New York when Lakshmi was 28 and single and Rushdie was 51 and married to his third wife
Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie married in 2004, dividing their time between London -- where his two sons lived -- and New York
Padma Lakshmi writes about how at first their marriage was blissful and Rushdie used to make breakfast for her every morning. But the book then goes on to paint a portrait of a demanding husband in need of constant attention. Lakshmi claims Rushdie was insensitive to a medical condition and he labelled her a 'bad investment'
The 'Top Chef' host also reveals how Rushdie needed constant care, feeding, and frequent sex
Padma Lakshmi later divorced Rushdie in 2007 and went on to become involved with Ted Forstmann, the billionaire chief executive of sports and artist management company IMG, who died in 2011 aged 71