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“Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Talks Emmys: “It’s Not About a Dress.”

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By Mai Hakkaku Television stars attended the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles last night.   Padma Lakshmi, the Indian-born American cookbook author, actress, model and television host has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. This year she was wearing KAUFMANFRANCO fall 2013 power blue sheer cut-out dress with accessorized bold gold jewelries. The 43-year-old TV host and former model said she picked out her Emmys dress at the last minute. "I try not to try on a million dresses," Padma showed to Life & Style. "I modeled for so many years and I'm used to someone paying me to wear dresses, so I can't wrap my head around doing it voluntarily." Though the cookbook author surely has plenty of designers offering to dress her for big nights like the Emmys, Padma says she tries to focus less on fashion and more on the importance of the event. "At the end of the day, it's not about the dress," she says. "It's about being recognized by your peers for the work that you do. I'm really proud of Top Chef. I'm proud of how it has changed the culinary landscape in this country but also worldwide."   She was nominated for Best Reality Host but lost out to Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn of Project Runway when the award was announced at the Creative Arts Emmys. However, Top Chef was still a contender for Best Reality Program.     Zooey Deschanel New Girl's Zooey Deschanel arrives in a pale blue J. Mendel dress with a floral-print clutch. zooey   Heidi Klum The Project Runway judge looked fierce in a pomegranate Versace gown. Heidi   Sofia Vergara Modern Family star Sofia Vergara dons a hot red Vera Wang gown. sofia   Carrie Underwood The country singer shined in a Romona Kaveza strapless gown. carrie   Tina Fey 30 Rock's Tina Fey, nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, steps out in a bright blue Narciso Rodriguez gown. Tina Kerry Washington She is nominated for lead actress in a drama series, wows in a cream-colored Marchesa gown with flower appliques and gold lace. kerri Allison Williams Girls star Allison Williams, whose show is nominated for best comedy series, looks radiant in a Ralph Lauren Collection gown. Allison

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