Model-author Padma Lakshmi has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality.

The 44-year-old is best known for hosting Bravo's reality cooking competition Top Chef.

In a 40-second clip released Wednesday, Lakshmi said she supports marriage equality for her gay cousin.

“I can't imagine a fair and just world where my cousin Vinod didn't have the same rights to love who he wanted, start a family, get married and enjoy all of the benefits that I do,” Lakshmi said.

“Join me and the majority of Americans who support nationwide marriage equality,” she added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Demi Lovato helped HRC relaunch its marriage campaign in July. Other celebrities who have recorded videos include Pauley Perrette, Jeff Perry, Kevin McHale, Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Sarandon, Anthony Bourdain, Colbie Caillat and Tony Hawk.