Padma Lakshmi is the gorgeous, entertaining, and accomplished host of Top Chef, and she's also a mom. Her daughter, Krishna, who she sweetly calls Little Hands, might be her mini-me today but at one point she was just a newborn and Padma had to juggle being a single mom and her Bravo gig, which means she has a pretty full day, and probably a busy night, too.
Luckily, she has some help today. "I don't juggle it all—I'm very privileged," she told Bravo TV. "I have a lot of hands helping me. My hours are so crazy. If I have to be on the Today Show at 7:15, for example, who is going to take my daughter to school? My nanny is awesome. She was in the Indian army for five years. She was a female paratrooper. And she's a great cook."
Padma recently shared a throwback photo of exactly how busy some of her daily moments were — without nannies or assistants — like the time she had to balance breasfeeding her kid while applying her own makeup:
People are impressed:
They can even relate:
Love this! It never ends for working moms! Thank you for sharing!— AmyFalbaumAssociates (@AmyFalbaum) May 10, 2018
Shero 💪🏼✊🏼❤— Dr. Drama (@TheDrDrama) May 10, 2018
Wow! That’s mom power!— G B (@RabRakha14) May 10, 2018
Though a few are wondering if Lakshmi is applying makeup for the next season of Top Chef, because that's their priority:
First off Boss Status big time! Second: So you are already filming for next season?— Ricky cunningham (@foodman33) May 10, 2018
I was more excited thinking you were filming again 😩😩😩😩— Marie (@Team_Beckett) May 10, 2018
We also have a fair helping of haters:
I am worried about that baby' eyes— Rinku Hasan (@rinkuhasan) May 11, 2018
I’m sure your can afford an assistant... to breastfeed your baby.— Vaughn Fry (@VaughnFry) May 11, 2018
Am sure you have someone to put on the makeup while u hold the baby right??!! I think thats what should matter! Or before or after u feed the baby??!!! If its just a pic to convey a message then its ok, i mean!— M.D. (@ManjuDesh9) May 11, 2018
Look, they're not wrong. Lakshmi probably does have someone else who can apply her makeup, but she's a TV host, not a queen. Moms gotta do for themselves sometimes, even famous ones.
And she also needs to make time for things like eating pizza:
Dancing in the car:
And drinking margaritas:
And if you don't like it, you're jealous.
Lakshmi is in this working mom gig to win it.