Her mother tongue is Tamil. She is her parents’ only child from this marriage. Both parents later remarried, and Lakshmi has a younger paternal half-brother and half-sister. Padma describes the event in the April 2001 edition of Vogue, saying, “Being in a car crash was like an exhilarating hallucination, an unbelievable moment that oddly remains one of the most beautiful images in my memory.” The car left Padma with injuries that included a fractured right hip and a shattered upper right arm. Lakshmi went to Workman High School in the City of Industry, California.