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    Padma Lakshmi Shaves Daughter Krishna's Head

    Padma Lakshmi, Krishna Adam Nemser/startraksphoto.com

    Padma Lakshmi already appears to be instilling a sense of tradition in daughter Krishna.

    The Top Chef host's 2-year-old is sporting an extremely close-cropped hairdo, apparently the result of the child's first haircut, or Mundana, the eighth of 16 Hindu sacraments.

    So, what does it mean?

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    Shaving a child's head—traditionally sometime between the ages of 2 and 4—signifies the letting go of past burdens to allow the child to move cleanly into the future.

    Sure enough, Krishna Thea Lakshmi turned 2 on Feb. 20. (Lakshmi's rep had no comment regarding the photos of the star shopping with Krishna—named after one of the most venerated Hindu gods—in NYC's SoHo neighborhood.)

    Mundana also literally translates as tonsure, a symbolic renunciation of worldly fashion and esteem practiced by multiple religions.

    Then again, what's more stylish than an adorable 2-year-old rocking a pixie cut?

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