When Padma Lakshmi was 14, her budding modeling career was interrupted when a car accident shattered her right arm and left her with a 7-inch scar. Initially self-conscious about it, the Top Chef star sought treatments to lighten the scar, but she eventually accepted it as part of who she is.
In 2001, she wrote an essay about her scar for Vogue: "I love my scar. It is so much a part of me. I'm not sure I would remove it even if a doctor could wave a magic wand and delete it from my arm. The scar has singled me out and made me who I am."