"My body is a blueprint of my life," the Top Chef host tells Vogue India.

on Jan 10, 2011 - The Dish

Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef
Natural beauty Padma Lakshmi has been vocal about loving her post-baby curves and is proud of what her body has created. That same self-confidence transfers to the Vogue India cover girl proudly revealing her extensive scar on national television.

The Top Chef host tells the fashion magazine, "My body is a blueprint of my life, of every tragedy — emotional or physical." When Padma was 14, she was involved in a car crash in Malibu that left her with a seven-inch-long scar on her arm. Back in 2001, she wrote an essay for US Vogue detailing flying off a freeway in her family's red Ford Mercury sedan and falling 40 feet down an embankment. "An ambulance carried me to the hospital. My right arm had been shattered and my right hip had been fractured. After surgery, I regained the use of both of them but was left with a long scar on my arm. It was half an inch wide and seven inches long."

Padma admits that for years she felt self-conscious about her blemish and worried she'd never have a successful modeling career because of it. She underwent painful treatments to lighten her scar, but today the Emmy winner prefers not to hide it or cover it with makeup. "I love my scar. It is so much a part of me. I'm not sure I would remove it even if a doctor could wave a magic wand and delete it from my arm. The scar has singled me out and made me who I am."

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