Padma Lakshmi Plays the Baby Name Game
“I just want to see how the baby looks when it comes, and then I’ll have some ideas,” said Padma, displaying her curvy figure in a long, low-cut Gucci gown while posing with Iman at Keep A Child Alive‘s annual Black Ball, held Thursday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Given her own background, Padma, 39, indicates that the baby’s moniker will be Indian-influenced.
“The name will have to do with my family,” she says. “I don’t think it’s going to be called ‘Pomegranate’ or ‘Atlanta.'”
Padma says she has yet to fix up a baby room or create a college fund for her unborn child.
“I’m Indian,” she said by way of explaining her superstition. “So we don’t buy a whole bunch of stuff before the baby is born, because we want the baby to be born first. Not the cart before the horse!”
In terms of eating for two, “I eat the same, just more often,” she said. “Everything from movie theater nachos to spinach and apple salad. Everything. I’m not eating so much more. You only need 300 more calories. It’s not a reason to pig out.”
As for the father, whom she has declined to name, Padma replies “I don’t know” when asked if there will be a big reveal one day. “But I don’t want to talk about it either way. I’m extremely happy, and I feel really blessed.”
Padma is due in late March/early April.
— Jeffrey Slonim