56. Padma Lakshmi

Age (circa 2009): 39
Occupation: TV Host

Padma began her career as a model when she was discovered sitting in a cafè in Spain. She's 39 now, but like Jay-Z she's still the best at what she does. Nowadays, scar or no scar, we salivate over her on Bravo's Top Chef. A model chick who's walk is mean, and gets cookin' up in the kitchen? Sounds like the ultimate wifey to us.

Actually receiving an Emmy nomination for "hosting" Top Chef.