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Padma Lakshmi Just Got a Major Honor for Her Activism in the Food Industry

The Bravo's Top Chef judge was recognized for her important work.

By Jenny Berg
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Padma Lakshmi has just been listed as one of 12 women who are shaking up the food industry in a major way. In an October 15 post, the Bravo's Top Chef judge and political activist shared the news about making Glamour magazine's prestigious list.

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"Woke up to a beautiful surprise," Padma wrote on Twitter, sharing a link to the list. Among the other women named, the Top Chef foodie was labeled "The Activist." 

The accompanying article makes mention of the pointed 4th of July dessert Padma baked this year. Covered with stars and stripes, the pie also bore an un-missable message: "Close the Camps."

In her caption, Padma wrote: "While we celebrate the Fourth, there are refugee families legally seeking asylum in this country being detained and forced to sleep on concrete floors with aluminum blankets and no medical care. This is a stain on our nation and we need to do something now."

The Glamour piece also spotlights Padma's involvement with the ACLU, and her upcoming show with Hulu, which explores food in immigrant communities. "[I'm using] food in a way to explain what this country really looks like," she said. "Who are Americans today, and who are the new Americans shaping [culture] today?"

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