Padma Lakshmi Had the Best Response When a Magazine Mixed Her Up With Priyanka Chopra
She knows how to play this game.
Padma Lakshmi had the honor of being part of The New Yorker's celebrity cartoon takeover, but when the literary magazine promoted her position, it made one glaring mistake: The New Yorker tagged Priyanka Chopra in an Instagram post. Though the magazine has since taken down the erroneous post, Lakshmi managed to share a screencap to her account and clapped right back, adding the hashtag #justindianthings and #desilife.
"Thank you to the illustrious '@nydailynews' for the shoutout," she wrote, tagging the wrong publication on purpose. "I know to some we all look alike, but ... #desilife #justindianthings."
Both Chopra and Lakshmi come from Indian decent, but as Entertainment Tonight points out, they don't actually look alike.
ET adds that Chopra has addressed the media's portrayal of Indian people in the past. In 2016, she accused Adweek of Photoshopping her skin to make it appear lighter. She explained that it's taken a very long time for her to learn to love the color of her skin and the digital manipulation was a huge step back.
"It happened to me actually and I was really angry about it. I like the color of my skin," she said at the seventh Annual Women in the World Summit. "It's taken me a long time to feel comfortable with who I am and I think when you're a brown person living in a white world, it's especially sensitive. I also ask people not to retouch my scar, because I thought it was important for other young women to see that it's not all perfect."