“I was saddened and I was sickened. I literally felt nauseous. I’m from India and while [the attack] didn’t surprise me, it disgusted me … And it reminded me, it brought back to me all of those feelings of when I was walking in Delhi. I used to ride the bus in India to school and I hated it. I hated going on a crowded bus because they would always pinch you or grab you and, you know, when you’re a teenager … I went to school for some years in India and it was terrible …
There is no actual word for rape. The closest word [in Hindi, India's predominant language] is I guess ‘lootna,’ which kind of means to take someone’s honour away. But to say that because a woman has been violated she no longer has her chastity or her honour is missing the point. Therein lies the problem.”
– “Top Chef”‘s Padma Lakshmi, who is Indian-American, responds to the death of Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old student in India who was gang raped with a metal rod and later from her injuries. Singh Pandey’s death was followed by another gang rape of a 29-year-old woman just this past weekend. I did not know until reading this quote from Padma that there was no actual word in Hindi for “rape,” which, as she pointed out, explains a lot. [Daily Chilli]
Paired with a simpler ensemble, these red leather shorts Padma Lakshmi wore for a night out in West Hollywood would have been a badass statement piece. But when you add in a bright yellow purse, tights, chunky necklace, and fur-lined jacket, suddenly the shorts are just one statement piece in a sea of statement pieces. This outfit is kind of like a dish with too many competing flavors. Right, Padma? [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
The next time you’re looking in the mirror analyzing every detail about yourself, remember this: even celebrities have flaws! So yes, draw attention to your best features and conceal your worst. But take a lesson from Hollywood’s imperfect celebrities like Tina Fey and Harrison Ford and remember that scars give you character. We bet there are a lot you hadn’t even noticed before! Read more…
Yesterday I was thrilled to leave work early and attend Glamour magazine’s “Love Your Life” conference, held at New York City’s 92nd St Y. I only got to hear one of the two panel discussions: “Love Your Work Life.” With a lineup including “Top Chef”‘s Padma Lakshmi, designer Anna Sui, makeup guru Bobbi Brown, Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, and my old boss, politics blogger Arianna Huffington, who wouldn’t be psyched? The panel, moderated by journalist Deborah Roberts, was supposed to be about “high-achieving women discuss[ing] success and work-life balance.” And while there were some really solid gold pieces of career advice dished out (Anna Sui, adopt me!), I also couldn’t help but feel frustrated by how little I could relate to these women, who are faaar wealthier than the average woman ever will be. Most of us won’t be so lucky, like Padma Lakshmi, to force herself to let her baby’s nanny deal with her crying child.
After the jump, some of the afternoon’s highlights, both good and bad: Keep reading »
David Spade, what is your secret for getting the ladies? His latest out-of-his league catch is Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef.” Wha? Didn’t she just pop out the Dell dude’s baby? That little detail aside … David Spade? Really? But should we be surprised? David has been linked to a long list of hotties including Pam Anderson, Carmen Electra, Heather Locklear, Jillian Barberie, Julie Bowen, Tara Reid, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Kristy Swanson. Holy hottitude. Sure, he’s OK-looking, he’s definitely funny, and he’s from my hometown Scottsdale, AZ (not exactly a selling point), but he must be using some kind of Jedi mind tricks. He’s like a superhero when it comes to women. This dude should write a book and help others out. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »