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Padma Lakshmi Wants Her Daughter to Get a Degree Before Entering Show Business: ‘She Wants to Be a Pop Star’

09/29/2016 at 01:15 PM ET

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Padma Lakshmi‘s daughter might be better suited for the stage than the runway.

On Wednesday, the proud mom sat down with PEOPLE Now’s Jeremy Parsons to talk about her new book The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices — and to share the interests and latest milestones of her 6½-year-old daughter Krishna Thea.

For now, Krishna wants to be the next pop sensation.

“She’s very clear on what she wants to do,” Lakshmi says. “Right now she wants to be a pop star and she has music lessons three out of seven days of the week.”

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Padma Lakshmi: My Daughter Influences What I Wear

04/15/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

When Padma Lakshmi was getting ready for her Blossom Ball Monday night, she surveyed her fashion options. That’s when her budding fashionista daughter Krishna Thea, 5, chimed in.

“She lets me know what not to wear. I won’t say the designer, but I opened a bag with two dresses that arrived and she said, ‘Oh Mommy, please don’t try those on!’ ” the Top Chef star told PEOPLE Monday at the Endometriosis Foundation of America‘s (EFA) 7th Annual Blossom Ball in N.Y.C.

“I thought they were pretty. But this was more comfortable and hides my brace,” she says of a shimmering orange two-tone gown, featuring a black back.

Lakshmi flips up the bottom of her dress briefly to show a black brace under her elegant garment. “I’m really fine,” she says of the “silly” fall she took last month. “I’m probably going to be able to take it off soon, but it’s a long night and the first night I’m wearing heels since I’ve had the fall so I didn’t want to push my luck.”

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Padma Lakshmi: ‘I Was Told I Would Never Have a Child Naturally’

03/12/2015 at 12:30 PM ET

As a young girl, Padma Lakshmi suffered from undiagnosed endometriosis so severe, she tells PEOPLE, “I had to stay home several days a month from school. I missed a week of my life for 23 years.”

The Top Chef host, 44, reveals her symptoms included bloating, cramping, excessive bleeding and severe abdominal pain — but it was something no one really spoke about.

“It’s embarrassing,” she admits. “It’s something that is deeply private and personal.”

It wasn’t until she was 36 that Dr. Tamer Seckin identified her symptoms as endometriosis — which occurs when the uterine lining cannot be expelled with a woman’s period and grows outside the uterus — and performed surgery to remove the excess tissue. From there, Lakshmi partnered with Dr. Seckin to found the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

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Padma Lakshmi Turns Daughter’s Cast Into Bedazzled Masterpiece

01/07/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

Padma Lakshmi is turning her daughter’s tough break into a shining style moment.

After 4½-year-old Krishna Thea injured her elbow, the Top Chef host did what any fashionable mama would do. She busted out the glue gun, a few sparkly accessories and got to work on a mini masterpiece.

The result: A black cast that even the queen of all things bedazzled, Beyoncé, would approve of.

“#Littlefeet broke her little elbow. But we shall not sacrifice our glamour,” Lakshmi, 44, joked on Twitter, sharing a snapshot of herself placing the finishing touches on her jeweled creation.


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Padma Lakshmi: Why I Don’t Let My Daughter Dress Up as Princesses

11/13/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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Padma Lakshmi‘s daughter Krishna is a huge Frozen fan — but you’ll never catch her dressed up as Elsa or Anna.

“She has an Elsa wig but she doesn’t have the costumes,” the Top Chef host told PEOPLE Tuesday at the opening night of Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I’m not big on merch,” Lakshmi, 44, explains.”I’m just not into her being a walking billboard for anything. So I try not to buy a lot of that stuff.”

One thing she doesn’t think twice about purchasing for her 4-year-old? A hearty stack of stories. “I’m happy to buy books,” she says. “I’ll buy all the books she wants.”

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Padma Lakshmi: My Daughter’s a ‘Forcibly’ Healthy Eater

03/10/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

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Like mother, like daughter!

Padma Lakshmi says her daughter Krishna Thea, 4, has learned to be a healthy eater — most of the time.

“Well, she’s forcibly one. But she loves to eat healthy,” the Top Chef star told PEOPLE at the Endometriosis Foundation of America‘s 6th Annual Blossom Ball.

“She also loves her candy and chocolate — she doesn’t get to have it much.”

The Bravo star has also found a kitchen helper in Krishna.

“We cook every night,” she says. “We usually do a fresh meal for dinner, and then we usually have leftovers for lunch the next day.”

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