AceShowbiz - Padma Lakshmi is not one who remains quiet when being mistaken for someone else. When The New Yorker confused her for fellow Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, the "Top Chef" host was quick to offer a witty reaction.
On Sunday, December 29, the 49-year-old uploaded a screenshot of the magazine's post which featured her headshot with a tag to the "Quantico" actress' account. In the caption, she purposely tagged New York Daily News instead of The New Yorker as she wrote, "Thank you to the illustrious '@nydailynews' for the shoutout."
Not stopping there, the ex-wife of novelist Salman Rushdie noted further, "I know to some we all look alike, but…" She added a woman shrugging emoji as well as the hashtags of "desilife" and "justindianthings".
Lakshmi's reaction to the magazine's mistake drew supports from her followers. One social media user wrote in the comment section, "You both are beautiful but way different...this is ignorance." Another pointed out, "This is the equivalent of tagging Christina Aguilera in a photo of Britney Spears."
The "Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir" author's post has even caught the attention of Natalie Portman. Although the "Black Swan" star liked the magazine's original Instagram photo, she replied on the former's post, "Oh no."
The New Yorker's social media flub happened when the magazine posted its celebrity cartoon takeover via its Instagram account. While Lakshmi managed to keep a screenshot of the error, the post itself has since been deleted.
Lakshmi was no stranger to struggle in life due to her skin color. Back in 2016, she opened up about being bullied and discriminated in her teenage years. "You can ask anybody who went to high school with me, they didn't call me Padma," she told PEOPLE at the time.
"I didn't feel any different, I didn't feel any less American, even though I ate rice and curry or even though my name was Padma or I spoke to my mother in a different language, I felt as American as anybody else in my classroom," she went on explaining. "But they didn't feel I was as American."