It was a real girls' night out when Padma Lakshmi honored Girls star Lena Dunham and actress Susan Sarandon at the glitzy eighth annual Blossom Ball, held in NYC on Tuesday night. The event brought out stars from all walks of life, including Padma's Top Chef co-foodie Gail Simmons, Allison Williams, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America, which Padma co-founded.
Lena revealed she suffers from endometriosis earlier this year, and Padma hopes that her celebrity will bring attention to the cause. “I have been talking to Lena about this disease for at least two years now,” Padma told Variety. “She’s an oversharer to begin with so that works in our favor.” Like Lena, both Susan and Padma also have endometriosis. “This is such a cultural subversive thing because we are taught to put up with these things, and this is a part of being a woman,” Susan added at the event. “And it really now is something people aren’t ashamed to talk about.”
Padma and Lena at the 2016 Blossom Ball.
Padma and Gail at the event held April 19 in NYC.
Speaking at the event, Lena broke out her signature wit to explain her own experience with endometriosis. “I guess I would have probably preferred an award of like pole vaulting or an Oscar but thank you, I guess,” Lena said, according to Variety. “I guess I’d like to start by thanking my uterine tissue for growing in places where it shouldn’t. I’d like give a shout out to my fallopian tubes for their hard work, I’d like to thank my ovaries, you know I love you ovaries, I’ve been pretty bitchy and weird for the last 15 years. And mostly I’d like to thank my bladder and my urethral sphincter for holding up through some rough times this year. So I’m feeling really good, and my team has just been amazing, and I have to give love to my team.”
Check out photos from a past Blossom Ball, below.