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Padma Lakshmi is Hungry for More
Padma Lakshmi, the food world’s leading feminist? It’s not a role normally attributed to the glamorous Top Chef star. But over the past several years, Lakshmi has been using her platform to talk about women-centric issues other high-profile foodies wouldn’t touch.
Body image. Gender equality. The right to choose. Infertility. Single motherhood. Post-partum depression. Breastfeeding. She went on CNN to condemn the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi. She revealed her childhood sexual abuse so other victims would know they’re not alone. She was an ambassador for UN Women. She traveled to Guatemala this past summer in support of indigenous Mayan women on behalf of the advocacy group Mercado Global. And she co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America to shed light on a debilitating disease that affects millions of women of childbearing age.
“She may be gorgeous. She may be a brilliant chef. But her life’s mission is as a healer and a sister," said Lena Dunham, who, like Lakshmi, has endometriosis. “Padma is a tireless worker for every woman who has suffered with this disease—and for every woman who suffers in silence."