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Padma Lakshmi Shares the Important Reason She Rewears Red Carpet Gowns

The Bravo's Top Chef host made a powerful statement with her dress selection for the 2018 Emmy Awards. 

By Jenny Berg
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Padma Lakshmi looks killer in that J. Mendel dress she has — you know, the bright-red one with the cut-outs and the majestically flowing skirt? So, it's only natural that the Bravo's Top Chef judge would want to wear it more than once. To review: Padma wore the gorgeous dress to Vogue India's Women of the Year Awards in 2017, then pulled it out of her closet again to shut down the red carpet at the 2018 Emmy Awards. But, the reason she recycled the dress went a lot deeper than because I look freaking amazing in it. (Though obviously, if you ask us, there's that too.) 

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As she was preparing to step out to the September 17 awards show, the famous foodie shared a snap of her look on Instagram, along with a thought-provoking message. "I think we should stop sending the message to young women and girls that we all have these endless closets of couture we’re never allowed to wear more than once. It seems wasteful not to enjoy these dresses. The hours that it takes, the artisans’ labor and the gorgeous fabrics all deserve to be worn again and treasured," she wrote. 

And, it's not only that. By wearing a dress that she already knows is a slam dunk, Padma saves herself the time of going to fitting after fitting. And, she can spend that time doing what she loves best: "I’d rather go to the park and throw a ball with [my daughter] or tinker in the kitchen with her bonding over delicious food," the mama wrote. 

Practicality looks good on Padma! 

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