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What Do The Cassia Seed and Padma Lakshmi Have In Common?

Flakey but gorgeous Top Chef hostess, Padma Lakshmi was recently announced as the celebrity spokesperson for Pantene's new Nature Fusion line of shampoos and conditioners. No doubt, Padma is blessed with fabulous, envy-inducing hair so she makes a logical choice to promote this product. However, while I'm certainly pleased to see desi beauty celebrated in American media, I can't help but giggle at the shameless exotification of Padma and by extension, of all things Indian. Nina Shen Rastogi of the XX Factor over at Slate.com, wrote a hysterical commentary about our lovely, exotic, Masala Padma-doll. Sounds like a Barbie doll name doesn't it? Rastogi writes, "I think it's kind of funny that Padma got the gig because she, like the Cassia seed, is India-derived."

Check out the advertisement I found in Marie Claire's March 2009 issue. I had no idea that preserving the luster of our hair was a "big part of our culture." Gosh. I learn something new every day! Thanks, Padma and Pantene!In the same issue of Marie Claire, Padma provides some of her own beauty tips. I must admit, I was curious and was hoping she'd let us in on her makeup brand picks for say kajal or foundation. I'm always interested in what colors work for desis. Interestingly, her kohl pick was a YSL's Long Lasting Eye Pencil # 3 in Ocean Blue. I've lined my eyes with a metallic blue by Shu Uemura eye shadow in ME Blue 600 and it really complements black liner and dark brown eyes. Padma also recomended a sheer everyday lipcolor: Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in BG 952S because she doesn't "like to see lipstick marks on things."Padma also gave a shout out to kajal (and desi makeup tradition), and name dropped Pantene ... no surprise there.Video Update: Here is Padma's tv spot for Pantene. As you can see, the woman does have gorg hair!

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