Lakshmi has modeled for designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Alberta Ferretti, and appeared in ad campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Versus.
Lakshmi has appeared on the covers of Redbook, Vogue India, FHM, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel India, Asian Woman, Avenue, Industry Magazine, Marie Claire (India Edition), Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Newsweek.
Lakshmi also made a guest appearance on the NBC series 30 Rock in 2009, and appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Her first cookbook, Easy Exotic, a compilation of international recipes and short essays released in 1999, was awarded the Best First Book at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Versailles.
Her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, was released on October 2, 2007.
Now, 32 years after my rape, I am stating publicly what happened.
I am speaking now because I want us all to fight so that our daughters never know this fear and shame and our sons know that girls’ bodies do not exist for their pleasure and that abuse has grave consequences." Lakshmi was able to pay off her college loans by working as a model and actress.
Shortly after I told my mother and stepfather, they sent me to India for a year to live with my grandparents.Lakshmi also serves as an executive producer of the show.Previously, Lakshmi first served as a host of Domenica In, Italy's top-rated television show, in 1997.The show has been nominated in Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program from season 2 up until season 16, with season 6 winning the award in 2010.Lakshmi was nominated in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009 for the season 5 of Top Chef.
In 2009, Lakshmi launched her first line of jewelry, "Padma". The first, "The Padma Collection," is a line of dinnerware composed of Moroccan ceramics and Turkish glass.