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Padma Lakshmi Padma Lakshmi

Actor, Writer, Producer, EndoFound Founder,

mmy nominated Padma Lakshmi is known internationally as an actress, food expert, model and award-winning author. Lakshmi recently wrapped her eleventh season as host of Bravo’s Emmy award winning “Top Chef”. 

Lakshmi was born in India and grew up in America. She graduated from Clark University with a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts and American Literature. Known as India’s first supermodel, she began her career as a fashion model, working in Europe and the US. 

She established herself as a food expert early on in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and writing a best-selling cookbook Easy Exotic, for which she won the International Versailles Event award for best cookbook by a first time author.  She followed its success with her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, which has over 150 recipes from around the world alongside intriguing personal memoirs. In addition to her own books, she has also written for such publications as American Vogue, Gourmet, Parade and British and American Harper's Bazaar as well as being a syndicated columnist for the New York Times. 

Her debut home décor line, The Padma Collection, hit floors in Fall 2013 at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide with tabletop dishware, stemware and hand-blown glass décor pieces. She has also created Padma’s Easy Exotic, a collection of culinary products including organic frozen food; fine teas and teapots; high-quality natural spice blends, roasting rubs and sea salts; as well as hard goods. 

In addition to these projects, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America alongside world-renowned Advanced Gynecological Surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD. Opening up about her own harrowing journey with the little-known disease, she has brought hope to millions of women suffering in silence and made enormous strides in spreading awareness and garnering funding for research and teen health education. She has been recognized by the New York State senate for her efforts in women's health and also helped to launch the first research center in the US for gynopathology at MIT.

Padma Lakshmi Was One Of The First Celebs To Raise Endometriosis Awareness. Now She Asks: What’s Next?

Padma Lakshmi Was One Of The First Celebs To Raise Endometriosis Awareness. Now She Asks: What’s Next?

Padma Lakshmi was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2006, after experiencing symptoms for 23 years — and she’s been advocating for people with the condition ever since. About one in ten people born with a uterus have endometriosis,…

Padma Lakshmi - Blossom Ball 2019

Padma Lakshmi - Blossom Ball 2019

Blossom Ball 2019WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH - Cipriani Wall Street Padma Lakshmi, we'd like to welcome to the stage with a little 'This Joy'. We're going to take us off with 'This Joy'. But we need Padma. (singing) What a beautiful group. What…

Actress Sophie Monk Reveals Endometriosis Diagnosis

Actress Sophie Monk Reveals Endometriosis Diagnosis

credit: Instagram/SophieMonk Sophie Monk is #1in10. The Australian-born model/actress, who recently hosted the reality dating show Love Island Australia, is using her social media to raise endometriosis awareness and recently revealed her endo…

Endometriosis Will Take Centerstage at Prestigious MIT Event

Endometriosis Will Take Centerstage at Prestigious MIT Event

On Friday, Sept. 28 a hand-picked selection of 20 gynecologists, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs will converge on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where they will each make a presentation at the Fourth Annual Open…

We Asked, You Answered: What's It Like Dating With Endometriosis?

We Asked, You Answered: What's It Like Dating With Endometriosis?

Dating as a perfectly healthy woman comes with enough challenges, but playing the dating game with endometriosis can be an absolute nightmare. Celebrities like Lena Dunham and Halsey to Julianne Hough, Jaime King, and Padma Lakshmi have all…

Veronica Beard is Donating $10 to EndoFound From Every Sale Throughout September!

Veronica Beard is Donating $10 to EndoFound From Every Sale Throughout September!

Padma Lakshmi would like to remind women everywhere that the fiercest fashion statement they can make this season is speaking up about their health— especially when it comes to endometriosis.  The author, model, actress, and TV host…

Gabrielle Union's Infertility Heartbreak:

Gabrielle Union's Infertility Heartbreak: "I Have Adenomyosis"

credit: Mark Von Holden for SheKnows   Actress Gabrielle Union got candid about her reproductive health struggles at the #BlogHer2018 Creators Summit conference in NYC on Aug. 8. The We're Going To Need More Wine author, 45, who has…

The #LetsTalkPeriod Bill Didn't Pass, But The Push Continues for 2019!

The #LetsTalkPeriod Bill Didn't Pass, But The Push Continues for 2019!

The push for #LetsTalkPeriod will continue into 2019. Although over 7,600 petitioners rallied their support behind The Endometriosis Foundation of America's #LetsTalkPeriod campaign via a Change.org petition, Bill A. 10763 didn't pass…

Why Everyone Needs To Support #LetsTalkPeriod

Why Everyone Needs To Support #LetsTalkPeriod

UPDATE: Although the New York State Legislative Session ended on June 20, you can still sign the #LetsTalkPeriod petition and let lawmakers know that endometriosis should be a necessary part of education in New York state.  Sign This…

Singer Halsey Won't Let Endometriosis Stop Her Family Plans:

Singer Halsey Won't Let Endometriosis Stop Her Family Plans: "I'm Going To Freeze My Eggs:"

Outspoken endometriosis advocate and singer Halsey is on a mission to one day become a mother—and she recently revealed she plans to start that journey at any moment thanks to modern-day medicine. "I’m 23 years old, and I’m…

Watch: Padma Lakshmi's Empowering Endometriosis Awareness Speech

Watch: Padma Lakshmi's Empowering Endometriosis Awareness Speech

This story originally appeared on Variety.com  When Padma Lakshmi was finally diagnosed and treated for endometriosis she was relieved, “but then I got angry” she said from the Variety Power of Women stage.…

ESPN's Molly Qerim: Managing Endometriosis <br> is Like a

ESPN's Molly Qerim: Managing Endometriosis
is Like a "Second Job"

ESPN sportscaster Molly Qerim is known for her energetic and magnetic on-air presence as a host of one of the networks' hottest shows, First Take—and now she's opening up about just how hard it can be to do her job. In a recent interview,…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi Welcome

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi Welcome

- Good evening. And welcome to the ninth annual Blossom Ball. I'm Padma Lakshmi, I'm a co-founder here at the Endometriosis Foundation of America, and I'm so sorry that I can't be with you all tonight. My heart is with you in this room. This…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi 2

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi 2

- Tonight we honor the amazing artist and activist Halsey. Halsey is somebody I've known for a few years now, and I've watched her grow, not only as a singer-songwriter climbing the charts with various hits, but finding her own voice for other…

"I Am 1 in 10" : Padma Lakshmi, Lena Dunham and Their Endometriosis Sisters Demand Early Diagnosis in Inspiring Video

Padma Lakshmi and Lena Dunham joined other women with endometriosis in filming a powerful call to action that debuted at the Ninth Annual Blossom ball this week. The video portrays the many faces of endometriosis, reminding us all that this…

Halsey Tells The Blossom: Padma Lakshmi Taught Me My Endometriosis Tips and Tricks

Halsey Tells The Blossom: Padma Lakshmi Taught Me My Endometriosis Tips and Tricks

Halsey has found her modern-day fairy godmother. The singer reveals that she and EndoFound Co-Founder Padma Lakshmi recently bonded over their shared experiences with having endometriosis, a chronic reproductive disease that affects at least…

EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin: We Are in the Midst of an Endometriosis Revolution

EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin: We Are in the Midst of an Endometriosis Revolution

The revolution will be televised! Ten years ago, Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi joined forces to found The Endometriosis Foundation of America. Back then, endometriosis was hardly a headline, and the Blossom Ball galas were still…

WATCH AND READ: Halsey's Tearful Acceptance Speech from the 2018 Blossom Ball

WATCH AND READ: Halsey's Tearful Acceptance Speech from the 2018 Blossom Ball

When  Halsey, 23, accepted The Blossom Award at the 2018 Blossom Ball in NYC last night, she didn't hold back in her 10-minute-long acceptance speech. The singer tearfully detailed her endometriosis journey and revealed that the miscarriage…

Halsey to Receive Blossom Award at <br />EndoFound's 2018 Blossom Ball

Halsey to Receive Blossom Award at
EndoFound's 2018 Blossom Ball

The Endometriosis Foundation of America has named singer Halsey as its 2018 Blossom Award recipient. The 23-year-old singer has not only proven herself as a hitmaker but as a fearless endometriosis advocate whose contributions to endometriosis…

NIH Talks Endometriosis with Padma Lakshmi

NIH Talks Endometriosis with Padma Lakshmi

NIH's Summer Issue of Medline Plus Features Padma Lakshmi and Endometriosis This quarterly publication of NIH and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine brings timely information on health topics to patients and helps explain how NIH…

Padma Lakshmi Nominated for WebMD Health Heroes People’s Choice Award

Padma Lakshmi Nominated for WebMD Health Heroes People’s Choice Award

WebMD has announced the nominees for the 2016 WebMD Health Heroes People’s Choice Award- and we were thrilled to find out that our very own Padma Lakshmi has been nominated!   The annual WebMD Health Hero Awards recognizes…

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Endofound.org Blossom Ball 2016 8th Annual Blossom Ball  Padma Lakshmi  Good evening everyone. I want to welcome everyone to the 8th Annual Blossom Ball. I am very excited about tonight because for the first time we are not only honoring…

Padma Lakshmi Paints The Town Yellow!

Padma Lakshmi Paints The Town Yellow!

We are already half way through Endometriosis Awareness Month, and with 17 days left, we need your help more than ever to Paint The Town Yellow and spread endometriosis awareness!   This March, we hope to raise $10,000 to continue…

Cause Celeb: Padma Lakshmi talks endometriosis on Capitol Hill

Cause Celeb: Padma Lakshmi talks endometriosis on Capitol Hill

Celeb: Willowy model-turned “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, who on Thursday visited Capitol Hill on business related to another line on her resume — that of the founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.…

Padma Lakshmi: Endometriosis Is Real, and It's Staggering

Padma Lakshmi: Endometriosis Is Real, and It's Staggering

BY LOLA PELLEGRINO Padma Lakshmi is a visible woman: as a model, as the perennial host of Top Chef, as a writer of cookbooks and style columns. She's used this power to co-found a nonprofit, the Endometriosis Foundation of America, to bring…

Lena Dunham and Padma Lakshmi Open Up About the Painful Disorder They Share

Lena Dunham and Padma Lakshmi Open Up About the Painful Disorder They Share

by via korinmiller November 17, 2015 Women with endometriosis often have to suffer in pain for years before receiving a proper diagnosis. (Getty Images) Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue that normally grows inside…

Padma Lakshmi - EndoFound Co-Founder

Padma Lakshmi - EndoFound Co-Founder

7th Annual Blossom BallMonday, April 13th, 2015A Gala Evening Celebrating the work of the Endometriosis Foundation of America Welcome to the set of the annual Blossom Ball. I want to thank all of you for coming this evening and this beautiful…

The ENPOWR Award - Padma Lakshmi

The ENPOWR Award - Padma Lakshmi

Endofound’s Sixth Annual Medical Conference: Ending Endometriosis Starts at the Beginning Obviously we are really thrilled with Endofound by the success of the ENPOWR Project has shown and we wanted to bring you here to celebrate a little…

Padma Lakshmi Hosts the Blossom Ball to Benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America

Padma Lakshmi Hosts the Blossom Ball to Benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America

“I learned to cook at the elbow of my mother and grandmother, but never ever thought I could have a career in food,” Padma Lakshmi said last month during a talk at Cherry Bombe magazine’s Jubilee conference. We all know how…

Padma Lakshmi: ‘I Was Told I Would Never Have a Child Naturally’

Padma Lakshmi: ‘I Was Told I Would Never Have a Child Naturally’

As a young girl, Padma Lakshmi suffered from undiagnosed endometriosis so severe, she tells PEOPLE, "I had to stay home several days a month from school. I missed a week of my life for 23 years." TheTop Chefhost, 44, reveals her symptoms…

Padma Lakshmi’s Personal Cause: The Endometriosis Foundation of America - Womens Health

Padma Lakshmi’s Personal Cause: The Endometriosis Foundation of America - Womens Health

Endometriosis effectively exiled Padma Lakshmi from her life, one week a month, every year, for over 20 years. She’s a college-educated, professional woman living in a major city with access to the best doctors and health insurance. Despite…

Padma Lakshmi on What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

Padma Lakshmi on What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

The View guest co-host Padma Lakshmi told her personal story about being diagnosed with Endometriosis on the Friday, February 20th, 2015 episode of The View. This prognosis is one that leads a lot of women to get a hysterectomy,…

Killer Cramps Are Not Normal: All About Endometriosis Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD

Killer Cramps Are Not Normal: All About Endometriosis Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD

As part of the 92nd Street Y’s Health & Wellness series, and in conjunction with Endometriosis Awareness Month, Endofound co-founders, Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD, will be speaking to raise awareness of endometriosis. Padma…

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi & Charitybuzz Announce Online Auction Of One-Of-a-Kind Items To Benefit EndoFound and Blossom Ball

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi & Charitybuzz Announce Online Auction Of One-Of-a-Kind Items To Benefit EndoFound and Blossom Ball

New York, New York (PRWEB) March 06, 2014 Top Chef’s host Padma Lakshmi joins a guest list of notable New Yorkers and celebrities, including Honorary committee members Susan Sarandon and Deborah Harry along with Fátima Ptacek (Dora…

Padma Lakshmi's Secret to Balancing Work Sacrifices with Success

Padma Lakshmi's Secret to Balancing Work Sacrifices with Success

F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). In honor of the Top Chef Boston finale airing next week, star host Padma Lakshmi reveals…

Padma Lakshmi - Outsmarting Endo

Padma Lakshmi - Outsmarting Endo

You will forgive the hoarseness of my voice. I see many faces that were there last night and I want to thank everyone for coming to the Ball and also say welcome. It is exciting for us to do this Patient's Day today because it is important…

Padma Lakshmi - Medical Conference 2014

Padma Lakshmi - Medical Conference 2014

Good afternoon and thank you all for coming. I am the other co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation. I know that both Tamer and I share the view that we could not do this conference, or any of the other endeavors that Endofound is currently,…

Nurse Conference 2013 - Padma Lakshmi

Nurse Conference 2013 - Padma Lakshmi

Nurses Conference 2013 - Padma Lakshmi I want to thank everyone for being here especially on this chilly, fall Saturday. I want to thank Mady Schuman and welcome her as the new Executive Director and thank all the people that are involved in…

Padma Lakshmi and State Senator Jeff Klein Team Up For Teen Health

Padma Lakshmi and State Senator Jeff Klein Team Up For Teen Health

Padma Lakshmi and State Senator Jeff Klein have teamed up once again to talk about our teen’s health. The Teen Health Awareness Campaign aims to raise awareness of alcohol and substance abuse, obesity, and endometriosis among New York’s…

Padma Lakshmi, Bridget Moynahan, Susan Sarandon attend The 5th Annual Blossom Ball

Padma Lakshmi, Bridget Moynahan, Susan Sarandon attend The 5th Annual Blossom Ball

We are so grateful to everyone who made our Fifth Annual Ball a smashing success... We looking forward to seeing you again next year! Thanks to Bennet Cobliner & Wire Image for providing photography services. To view photos available for…

Endometriosis Foundation of America - Padma Lakshmi

Endometriosis Foundation of America - Padma Lakshmi

Endometriosis Foundation of AmericaEndometriosis 2013Padma Lakshmi Without further ado I am going to introduce Padma who is the co-founder with Tamer Seckin of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Good afternoon and thank you for joining…

Padma Lakshmi Visits The New York State Senate

Padma Lakshmi Visits The New York State Senate

Endofound co-founder Padma Lakshmi visited the New York State Senate this month and participated in the Teen Health Awareness press conference hosted by State Senator Jeff Klein.  Senator Klein and his colleagues are developing a Teen…

Nurse Conference 2012 - Padma Lakshmi

Nurse Conference 2012 - Padma Lakshmi

Lunch & Learn with Padma LakshmiNurses conference 2012 – Padma Lakshmi My Personal Journey How many people were here last year? All right, well, you can hear my story again then. It comes out a little different every time, so hopefully…

'Consider Endometriosis' Tool Kit Launched at 2012 Nurse Conference / Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi

'Consider Endometriosis' Tool Kit Launched at 2012 Nurse Conference / Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi

On September 29, Endofound hosted our Second Annual Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi, “Consider Endometriosis:  Tools for Nurses to Recognize Symptoms, Behavioral Patterns and Emotional Repercussions of the Disease in Young Women…

Padma Lakshmi Gives Kiehl's

Padma Lakshmi Gives Kiehl's "Mr. Bones" a Makeover to Benefit EndoFound

Endofound Co-founder Padma Lakshmi speaks out about her own endometriosis diagnosis and a partnership with Kiehl's to raise endometriosis awareness.Padma’s re-imagination of the famous Kiehl's mascot, Mr. Bones, will go up for auction…

Blossom Ball 2012 - Padma Lakshmi

Blossom Ball 2012 - Padma Lakshmi

Endometriosis Foundation of AmericaBlossom Ball – 2012Padma LakshmiWow! How much is that going to cost me? Anyway, thank you Tyra, enough about me but thank you Tyra. Just for being here first all, damn! I have known her for 20 years…

Medical Conference 2012 - Padma Lakshmi

Medical Conference 2012 - Padma Lakshmi

Endometriosis Foundation of AmericaMedical Conference – 2012Endometriosis: My JourneyPadma LakshmiIt is my pleasure to introduce Padma Lakshmi. She is the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America together with Tamer Seckin.…

AAGL Meeting 2011 - Padma Lakshmi

AAGL Meeting 2011 - Padma Lakshmi

Speaker 1: This morning's program will focus on awareness, research, surgical treatment, and novel classification of endometriosis, an often devastating disease that affects over 176 million women around the world. At one time not so long…