It’s the highly-underrated Padma Lakshmi’s 40th birthday, and since I have no idea what she’s doing tonight, here’s a photo from the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, in which she’s apparently wrapped in a layer of unobtainium foil.
I admit here that I’d never seen The Scar before. The Grauniad told me where it came from:
At the time, she had been very unwell and had just spent three weeks in hospital before being diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, caused by hypersensitivity to an infection or to certain medicines. “I got out of hospital on a Friday and on that Sunday my mother, who is very religious, took me to temple so we could thank God for making me better.” Driving home from the Hindu temple in Malibu, the car was caught in a collision that sent it spinning off the freeway and 40ft down an embankment, hitting a tree. Paramedics had to cut open the car roof, on to which the tree had fallen. Lakshmi, her mother and stepfather ended up back in the hospital she had left two days earlier. All three recovered, but Lakshmi was left with a seven-inch scar along her right arm.
I suspect she probably doesn’t refer to it as “road rash,” either.