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The reason behind Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi's scar on her arm

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get fully involved in the kitchen. So when she did just that and exposed scars on her arms, Bravo viewers questioned how she got them.

She has led the way for the cooking competition since season 2, just one of her many achievements: including not one, not two, but SIX books with her name on it. The successful writer and kitchen connoisseur has become quite the icon.

However, when she recently rolled her sleeves up to reveal scars on her arms, many were curious to find out what happened to her. Padma used to be self-conscious of the marks but has learned to love them over time.

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How did Padma get the scar on her arm?

Padma got the scar during a car accident, when she had a shattered arm, leaving her with a gash. She also had extensive injuries including a fractured hip, which meant she had to undergo surgery.

At the time, the now-Top Chef host was eating rice in the car, when she suddenly heard a loud bang, saw the plate fly up into the air, and only noticed the “miraculous blue sky”, as told in a video shared by The Moth.

She has since been left with a seven-inch scar on her right arm following the Malibu-based incident. The freak accident involved Padma flying out of the car on a driveway, which she had initially noticed was really busy for a Sunday.

The Bravo star then went “40 feet down the embankment” during the 1984 accident.

Padma got the scar at 14 years old

Padma was just 14 years old when the car accident happened. When she woke up in a California hospital, she wrote in her memoir that she had a shattered arm, severed right index metacarpal and a fractured left hip. She added:

After my first surgery, I was left with the scar, thin and straight, on my right arm.

At first, the scar wasn’t noticeable, but three years on from the accident, the marking developed. She said: “I developed a keloid and the scar transformed into the gnarly caterpillar that today creeps up my right arm.”

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The Top Chef host loves her scars

Padma wrote in her memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate that while modeling for famed photographer Helmut Newton, she found a whole new level of acceptance for the scar which she previously thought was defective.

The writer had told the photographer about her scar before he captured photos of her for a campaign for Italian coffee products maker, Lavazza, which opened a ton of doors for her in the modelling world.

“Didn’t they tell you about my scar?,” she wrote. “The words barely escaped my mouth. “Yes, yes,” he said, “but why have you erased a part of it? You’ve ruined the beauty of it.”

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Celine is a journalist with over five years of experience in the media industry and the chief staff writer on Reality Titbit. After graduating with a degree in Multimedia Journalism she became a radio newsreader and reporter, before moving into her current role as a reality TV writer.