Meet Padma Lakshmi, model, actress, television personality and former wife of British author Salman Rushdie. Read her biography and see hot photos and a video of her below.

Padma Lakshmi was Salman Rushdie’s fourth wife but she dumped him about a year ago. He is a famed British author and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Before she became Rushdie’s ex-wife, she was Lady Rushdie. He has endured a fatwa for his 1989 book, Satanic Verses, which infuriated the Islamic world and forced him into hiding for his life. But it seems that nothing has hit him as hard as losing the beautiful, sexy Padma. While she is no where near his intellectual equal, she is the only woman that left him and apparently, it wasn’t her brains that kept him obsessed with her.

Rushdie has blamed the loss of this marriage for having writer’s block and being unable to complete his latest book. It is also thought that his recent appearances with multiple beautiful young women, his attempts to get fit, his flirtation with American slang and a rather conspicuous recent attraction to ‘bling’ and uncharacteristic attempts at youthful fashion are due to her leaving him. Its being reported that he’s hopeful that he can win her back.

For her part, she has been dating Wall Street tycoon Teddy Forstmann and shown no indication of returning to Rushdie. But, who knows, stranger things have happened!

Padma Lakshmi Biography

Padma Parvati Lakshmi was born on September 1, 1970 in Kerala, India. She is 37-years-old. She grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu but spent her adolescent years in the United States. Her parents are an executive with Pfizer a nurse. She is their only child. They divorced when she was just one years old. She has a half-brother and half-sister by her father’s later marriage. She has a prominent and famous scar on her right arm that she received in a car accident when she was 14-years-old. It is said that the scar is like a beauty mark that is an imperfection on an otherwise perfect body.

Padma received her bachelor’s degree in 1992 in theater arts at Clark University in Massachusetts. She landed her first modeling job during her last semester in college while studying in Spain. She was photographed by Helmut Newton who is famous for his female nudes. She got the attention of magazines like Vogue, Elle and Glamor.

After graduating, she seriously pursued her modelin career. She moved to Italy where she worked as a co-host for a television show. She also started runway modeling for Versace, Armani and Ralph Lauren. It was during this period of time that she started compiling recipes that ended up in her bestselling first culinary book, Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low-Fat Recipes from Around the World.

Padma has starred in several Bollywood films and had guest roles in television series such as Star Trek: Enterprise. She has had appearances in several Hollywood movies. She has been most successful in cooking shows, however. She has hosted cooking shows on the Food Network and written cookbooks. She took over as hostess of Top Chef in 2006 and has continued with the popular reality show for three seasons.

She married Salman Rushdie on April 17, 2004, becoming his fourth wife. She filed for divorce on July 2, 2007.

Padma Lakshmi – Video