Padma Lakshmi

by ethnic on July 5, 2010

Birth Name: Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan

Place of Birth: New Delhi, India

Date of Birth: September 1, 1970

Ethnicity: Tamil Indian

Padma Lakshmi is an Indian-born American cookbook writer, television host, actress, model, and executive producer. She is known for hosting the television show Top Chef.

Padma is from an Iyer Brahmin family.

Padma has a daughter with her former partner, venture capitalist Adam Dell. Adam is the brother of businessperson Michael Dell, of Dell Technologies.

photo by Featureflash /

{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Adamina September 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

She is very beautiful. Looks very Tamilian

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 6:03 am

she is ****** hot

my 6th wife

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Quite attractive.

M August 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

She’s alright.

cwm85 August 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Looks Indian or dark mestizo…

neiltennant August 13, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I SWEar she could pass for a hispanic woman

MICAELA SCHÄFER is a half brazilian half german model and has similarities

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:20 am

Um no, even Hispanics aren’t that dark.

You mean Latino/Mestizo? Then perhaps

Alex234 October 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Hispanics can be very dark because there is no one look for hispanic. Hispanic means spanish speaking, they can look white or black.

marjanel November 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

brazilians are not hispanics

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

She’s super pretty! I don’t get why people think she doesn’t look indian. I’m white and even I could tell she looks indian. Btw her boobs are hugeeeee :)

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

She Doesn’t Look Indian To Me. I Thought She Was An Afro-Latina.

strawberry20 August 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

she’s more likely to have british in her since britain took over india Not latina

midori29 June 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

Check out this link it proves India was connected to Africa before the continental shift.

WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm

wow i could have sworn she was part black. Indians are closely related to blacks though so it’s no surprise.

shobohunter June 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm

indian are as closely related to black as a Chinese to black or as Indian to Chinese
they even shear border with China..
no significant niggroid present in her. she is dark but there are more to a race then just skin color. example
mariah Carey looked mixed. she doesn’t ..

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Padma could pass for a half black and half white woman.

midori29 June 19, 2014 at 8:59 am

Indians have African admixture. Millions of years ago, look it up East Africa was connected to India as one huge continent called PANGEA. Indians are closely related black East Africans in Southern India where Padma Laksmi is from. Google the aborigines of South India they are black negritos.

Arun January 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

Im Indian ( north indian) and i know she is 100% Indian .
Some People wrote here stupid comments. There are light very skinned Indians and also dark skinned Indians but
all they are Caucasians .

rajaredhilu February 22, 2014 at 12:58 am

No you white irani north indian dont tell us south indians what we are. South indians are australoid dravidians only the top caste north indians are caucasian

andrew February 22, 2014 at 5:26 am

good lesson

xforeverlove21 April 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm

They don’t look white at all, neither are Caucasian. Indians are their own thing.

AnonymousPerson January 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

She looks like Jessica Alba mixed with Halle Berry. Jessica Alba is half Mexican (she looks 100% though) and Halle Berry is half black. I’m pretty sure this woman is mixed with Hispanic and black. She doesn’t look like your average Indian woman.

AnonymousPerson January 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

She looks Puerto Rican.

Alice January 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Indians are very diverse in looks. There is over 1 billion people and it spans a big area. India is a sub-continent so there are big differences in the people from North to South. There is black people in the south to people that are very light in colour with different genetic influences. Have a google at some of the variety. These are 2 examples below but there are a lot of different groups in India.

Look up Andamanese Islanders

Punjabi People

Ignorant Comments November 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

Some of these comments are just ridiculous. You guys do realize that Indians come in all shades, right? She looks Indian, not Spanish, Portuguese, or Mexican, etc. Why is it so hard for some of you guys to accept a beautiful Indian woman?

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 6:29 am

Spanish or portugese descent is realistic

as india was in connection with spain

look at Micaela Schäffer who is of half brazilian descent and looks the same

Trin-Tigan_Afro_Cau_Azn January 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Wow, I didn’t know she was Tamil. Most Tamil people I’ve met were a chocolate complexion.
Still she is a very beautiful woman.

anakaren November 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm


VOGUE March 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

i agree,she looks mexican

Tyrone March 20, 2012 at 3:37 am

Not Just Mexican she can pass as being Latin American. But i rekn she can also pass as being East Polynesian (Cook Island, Tahiti, Rapanui, Hawaii and Maori)

Activision April 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

she does

Hinrich March 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

she looks native american of mexico,look at her hairstyle.

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

She is Indian.

Lana April 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Just because she does her hair in a certain style doesn’t mean she is Mexican… that’s like saying that she once ate an enchilada, so that means she’s Mexican. What a dumb comment.

theropod October 12, 2013 at 12:39 am

Americans….if you look dark and exotic you’re automatically Mexican or a Native. Hilarious…

poppy March 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

Padma is South Indian Tamil.Tamil are Dravidians.
These are a caucasian peoples of a med mix.
The North Indians are usually of Scythian/Kushan/White Hun mix….all central asian and caucasian.indo European by birthright.
No mixing with the west.The Europeans themselves came from Central Asia hence the racial link.India has white,olive and dark people.
Padma is not mixed race.she is Tamil and south Indian.

ken March 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

fuck you

they are not caucasian – and they are not mixed

poppy March 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

They are caucasian .You may not be.Caucasia is in central Asia so India is not far to travel .The genetics and features are Caucasian.

poppy March 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

And as for your charming F comment…..take it where the sun don’t shine.Grow up you miserable old thing.

Alice March 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

Ken why so rude? Poppy is correct. Caucasians span from India to Iceland. Not all Caucasians are white skinned. They are varied in their looks. Do a little reading before being so rude. Have you ever heard of Indo-European languages? There is a cline of skin colouring but a lot of Indians are Caucasian.

Tyrone March 20, 2012 at 3:40 am

I Agree With Poppy and Alice. Shame on You Ken

Amber April 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

@Ken you are ignorant and rude,

Michaela February 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I don’t really like her hairstyle in this picture – makes her look a little weird but she looked pretty in “Mistress of Spices”. She’s got a nice figure.

lana February 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

She is beautiful. Indian women really are some of the most beautiful in the world.

MP February 28, 2012 at 12:53 am

Mixed race people are usually very attractive.

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Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

I talk to myself sometimes, too.

Karlos February 14, 2012 at 12:28 am

Im thinking maybe she really is puerto rican?

And if that was true, would it matter to you?

I mean if your an ethinic person you shouldnt be easly offened.

But these days people get upset at the drop of a hat.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

Because he is an idiot.

Vittoria February 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

She’s so gorgeous, she looks like a tan goddess. Indian women can be so stunningly beautiful.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 3:10 am


BUU January 27, 2012 at 5:11 am

I think she is beautiful. Omg I love her skin tone.

Daniel January 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

She looks Spanish or Italian not Indian that much

Maria January 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

I think she does look Indian.Not every Indian is going to look the exact same.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

Of course they are not. People on this site are insane in the membrane.

Mac January 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

She’s like the whitest Tamil Indian ever !!!! She looks like she’s latino or maybe even southern european !

MP February 28, 2012 at 12:54 am

That is because Indians from India are part of the Caucasian race.

Nadia March 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm


ethnic July 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm

no problem K-shweezy :)

Kira July 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Thanks Eth!

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