Padma Lakshmi Accused Of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ [Details]

Rucuss staffFebruary 9, 2019

Padma Lakshmi is receiving backlash on social media for her choice of hairstyle on the most recent episode of Top Chef.

Lakshmi has been accused of cultural appropriation for wearing her hair in cornrows for the episode filmed at the University of Kentucky’s basketball arena in Lexington last June. She also wore a white tank top with silver hoop earrings.

When the episode aired on Feb 7, viewers took to social media to express concern over the hairstyle, which has been worn by mostly black women.

‘Padma’s hairstylist must have a vendetta against her with theses struggle cornrows,’ one woman wrote on Twitter when the episode aired. Another tweeted at Lakshmi: ‘Your hair is an awful example of cultural appropriation. No, no, no.’

Lakshmi has not responded to the backlash.

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