Padma Lakshmi among Variety’s New York Power List

Padma Lakshmi is among Variety’s ‘The New Power of New York List 2019,” which pays tributes to those who show artistic gumption and shrewd business sense, the two qualities that it says sets New York apart. Those featured on the list have New York as a common factor, Variety says, adding, “the opportunities the city has provided, and the grit it can’t help giving all who call it home.”

Variety says “Lakshmi’s résumé extends beyond her 16 seasons hosting ‘Top Chef,’” and describes her as “a writer, activist, mother, model, actress and Twitter tastemaker, who also hovers on the edge of comedy.” This past summer, she threw her second comedy show in Brooklyn to benefit abortion access, with a lineup that emphasized comics of color.

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