"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is a top mom!
The 46-year-old and her only child, Krishna, were totally twinning for the 6-year-old's first day day of first grade on Wednesday, September 7. We love a good mother/daughter twinsie team!
The proud mama took to Instagram to share the adorable occasion, with the caption, "First day of first grade!!! #twinningandwinning #littlehands. (On me:@Balmain jacket,@Openingceremony dress and @Chanelofficial boots. On her @Zara and yes, black ribbons from Chennai from the pottu kadai)."
For the first day, Lakshmi and her daughter both wore pleated white dresses, black boots and leather jackets. Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day?!
Later that evening, Lakshmi attended the U.S. Open in New York City's Flushing neighborhood in Queens and talked about her matching mommy moment earlier that day.
"She wanted to match, so we both wore the same thing," Lakshmi told Us Weekly at the tennis tournament. "She is really darling and it's fun to dress her."
The beauty also mentioned that it was an emotional day for her as a mother, realizing this was her daughter's first day of grade school. Lakshmi said, "I was like, 'This is it. This is a really big day. This is the start of your academic career.' It's a really big milestone."
Back in March, Lakshmi got candid with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show, talking about a time when she didn't realize who Krishna's father was when she got pregnant because she was dating two men after her divorce from Salman Rushdie.
"It probably wasn't the best choice, but it was the choice that I made at the time," she told Lauer.
The Indian-born beauty added, "I didn't want to be in a serious relationship. I was still really hurting from my divorce. I probably shouldn't have been with anybody and just taken the time I needed for myself. But I was presented with two very different, very interesting men. Men do it all the time. I chose to do it, and I was open with the men involved. I'm going to own my history."
One of the men was late billionaire Teddy Forstmann, who died in 2011 -- the other man in the picture was venture capitalist Adam Dell, who turned out to be Krishna's biological father. Lakshmi says despite knowing that Forstmann was not his daughter, he stayed by their side and ultimately left part of his fortune in his will for Krishna.
In her memoir released earlier this year, Love, Loss and What We Ate, which is dedicated to the late billionaire, Lakshmi sung Forstmann's praises, writing, "He wasn't going to leave my side …Maybe he didn't know if he could stay in a romantic relationship with me or not. I think neither of us knew what was going to happen, but he was resolute in making sure I wasn't alone. He held my hand and he held it very publicly."