Top Model to Most Hated Woman Online: Chrissy Teigen

Many people know Chrissy Teigen as John Legend’s gorgeous model wife, but recently her reputation has changed. Her career started when she debuted in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010. Over the past decade, she became an author, Twitter queen, and TV personality. But not everyone is a fan.

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While she once ruled Twitter, Teigen has been dethroned because her old jokes came at the expense of others. She wasn’t always considered a bully, and people used to adore her for her hilarious personality and realness. Find out how Chrissy Teigen fell from grace over the past ten years.

Who Is Chrissy Teigen?

Born in Delta, Utah, Christine Diane Teigen’s mother was from Thailand, and her father was American. Shortly after she was born, her family relocated to Washington to open a tavern. They weren’t the wealthiest family, but Teigen’s parents made ends meet and provided a nice life until they separated.

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When Teigen was 15, her father relocated to California after her mom returned to Thailand. She decided to get a job at a surf shop to save money, and this job led to a career in modeling. While she was working one day, Teigen’s life changed forever.

Landing Her First Modeling Job

There is no denying that Teigen has a unique yet beautiful look, and while helping someone at the surf shop, she got an offer to model for a Billabong campaign. One of the shop’s clients was a photographer who asked if he could shoot some bikini pictures of her.

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Everyone at the shoot was impressed with Teigen. The photographer loved her vibe, so he showed her picture to John Legend. They were casting the love interest for Legend’s music video, and he picked Teigen to play the part. She was 20 at the time, and things took off quickly.

Watch Out World, Chrissy Teigen Has Arrived

Once Teigen was the face of the Billabong ad and starred in Legend’s music video, she started getting booked all over the country. She moved from California to Florida and would go back and forth for work. She also was a briefcase model for Deal or No Deal before hitting it big.

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Finally, Teigen got her big break into the modeling world. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and was named “Rookie of the Year.” Brooklyn Decker introduced her to the people at Sports Illustrated so she could get a spot in the magazine. Now everyone knew Teigen’s face.

How Did John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Meet?

When Legend was looking for a female love interest for his music video “Stereo,” he saw Teigen’s picture and gave her the role. She walked into his dressing room, and they started talking. Two months later, Legend sang “Happy Birthday” to Teigen’s voicemail. They were instantly inseparable.

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At first, Teigen and Legend dated casually, but she wanted to know everything about him. She would spend hours on gossip blogs for intel or red-carpet pictures of Legend with his former girlfriends. However, things between them got serious pretty quickly. Legend loved her sense of humor, and he fell in love.

They Almost Broke Up

Although they were a match made in heaven, at the beginning of her relationship with Legend, Teigen was living half the year in Miami. They only got to see each other on special occasions, and Legend tried to break up with her while he was on tour once.

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However, Teigen isn’t one to just give up the people she loves. The breakup lasted for about a day, and then the couple got back together. Teigen and Legend still joke about it, and he admitted that it was a big mistake. They are lucky to have each other.

Who Is Chrissy Teigen Married To?

In 2013, Teigen and Legend got married in a dreamy Italian wedding. The picturesque scene was perfect for their romantic ceremony. However, Teigen admitted that she doesn’t remember much of her wedding because of her anxiety. She said it was all a blur.

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While some people think everything goes by too quickly, Teigen had trouble remembering things because she has difficulty holding onto memories of trauma or triumph. Luckily, there were plenty of photographers to document the day so she could look back on the special day.

Struggling With Postpartum Depression

To the world, Teigen has always been a smiley, fun-loving woman who appears to have it all. However, like most people, she has struggled with her mental health. After the birth of her first daughter, Luna, Teigen had everything she needed to be happy, but she wasn’t.

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Teigen was dealing with postpartum depression and she didn’t know why. She struggled to get out of bed, and everything was painful. Finally, she found out what was going on with her, and she realized how many people struggle silently. She also dealt with this after her second child, Miles.

Best Selling Author

Besides her modeling career, Teigen is a passionate cook. She has three cookbooks, the first being Cravings. She tasted and perfected every recipe in the book, and her personality shines through each page. Teigen put her spin on the unique dishes she learned from her mom.

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Teigen’s cookbook ranked number one on The New York Times Best Seller’s list. Critics also praised the book, which gave her the idea to write Cravings: Hungry for More and Cravings: All Together.

Cat Fight!

During her early career, Teigen was a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model. This is where her feud with Tyra Banks started. Although they weren’t fans of each other, the two worked together for the show FABLife. Unfortunately, it didn’t end well.

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The two models addressed the feud rumors, although denying everything. Teigen tweeted, “I don’t know if you guys know how bosses work, but if Tyra and I were fighting as hard as you’re saying, I would be the one off the show.” Instead, Banks quit after one season.

Queen of Twitter

Teigen used to be the so-called “Queen of Twitter.” She gained adoration and followers because she was good at using the platform. Her feed was full of funny, candid, uncensored jokes that showed people she was just like us but hot and rich.

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Sometimes her jokes came at the expense of others, but no one cared as long as they were aimed at someone most people disliked. She once dissed a president, causing him to go on a Twitter rampage and block her. However, some of her jokes have come back to haunt her.

What Did Chrissy Teigen Say?

While she used to rule Twitter, some things Teigen wrote came back to bite her in the butt in early 2021. Courtney Stodden stated that Teigen harassed and bullied her when she was just 16. In 2011, Stodden was considered a mockable person, but she needed help.

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Teigen tweeted things like “I hate you” and direct messaged Stodden to harm herself. Soon other people came forward, saying she bullied them online. The backlash started to simmer in October 2020, and it erupted a few months later. People really don’t like her these days.

Please Forgive Me

In an effort to silence some of the hate, Teigen tweeted, “I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior, but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.”

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She published another apology in June 2021 but remained silent after that. While we can’t go back and change the past, people can let Teigen learn from her mistakes and move on. Most of the people she bullied were common targets in the 2010s.

Struggling to Start a Family

Teigen and Legend’s marriage might look perfect, but they struggled to grow their family. Teigen believed she wouldn’t be able to have children naturally, so the coupled turned to IVF treatments. They got lucky with two adorably healthy children, but it wasn’t an easy road.

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The model has been candid about her struggles with IVF. They went through many failed rounds of the treatment but got lucky twice. While they adore their precious children, Teigen and Legend wanted to try for a third but were met with devastation.

What Happened to Chrissy Teigen’s Son?

After going through numerous IVF treatments to conceive her first two children, Teigen was shocked when she got pregnant naturally. She was halfway through her pregnancy when she was advised to go on bed rest. She was experiencing heavy bleeding, so she went to the hospital.

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She had two blood transfusions, but it wasn’t enough. Teigen had a stillbirth for her son Jack in 2020, and it was devastating for everyone. She admitted that she never processed the loss of her son because she threw herself into work.

She’s Only Human

Although Teigen is a literal supermodel, she isn’t afraid to admit that she gets insecure about her body. Even Teigen compares herself to people she sees on social media. She said she cried to Legend about her body image issues because she felt like her body wasn’t good enough.

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However, she has been on a journey to self-love because she wants to love her body. Teigen has shown off her body many times on Instagram and has learned that she will never look like everyone else. Teigen is proud of her body and doesn’t care what others think.

She’s a Junk Food Junkie

As a model, you would think Teigen eats only fruits and vegetables and never has any junk food. However, that is far from the truth because she admitted that she can’t get enough of unhealthy food. Teigen said she gives in to her cravings easily.

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Some of her favorite foods include chocolate cake, ham and cheese Hot Pockets, White Castle frozen burgers, and Taco Bell. Teigen tries to enhance the fast food by adding her own ingredients, and she will never shy away from high-fructose corn syrup.

She Has a Potty Mouth

While she hasn’t been shy about her online language, Teigen also has a potty mouth in real life. She might seem like a proper lady, but Teigen’s vocabulary isn’t that glamorous because she knows how to curse like a sailor. She won’t hold back if she is annoyed.

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Teigen has been known to “tell it like it is” without worrying much about routinely swearing to get her point across. We can all admit that sometimes cursing is the only way to get the anger out. Everyone has tossed around a bad word in their lifetime.

Cover Girl

Teigen has been on the cover of many magazines, but one special issue was her Maxim cover in 2007. She looked her best and didn’t have to go too far outside her comfort zone. Teigen was already on the rise, and her Maxim cover took the world by storm.

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Teigen said it was an honor to be selected for the magazine, and she couldn’t believe she got the cover page. It was an accomplishment that she still cherishes because it helped push her career to a new level.

Mile-High Club

If there is one thing we know about Teigen, it’s that she isn’t quiet about her private life. She has posted pictures of herself pumping milk and nearly nude, so it’s no surprise that Teigen openly shared that she and Legend joined the mile-high club.

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The couple has an exciting love life, and they have proven to be more daring than most people think. When Legend and Teigen flew first class to Thailand, they took the time to do a lot of “intimate bonding” throughout the flight. Good for them for flying commercial.

How Much Is Chrissy Teigen Worth?

Through her modeling, cookbooks, and being a TV personality, Teigen has built a net worth of $75 million. She was the co-host of Lip-Sync Battle for five seasons, and she has made appearances on many other series. Teigen also had a cookware line that Target used to carry.

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While she might not be the most loved person right now, in 2018, Teigen was the third-highest paid model in the world. Besides her personal income, she and Legend have multiple properties in New York and LA. Teigen and Legend have a combined net worth of $150 million.

Covering Her Tracks

Teigen hasn’t had the best reputation online. In 2020, she deleted almost 60,000 past Tweets because people started to dig up the things she said in the past about children. She tweeted about the kids on Toddlers and Tiaras, and people brought it back to the surface.

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She started to fear for her family’s safety because people were sending her death threats over things she wrote in the past. Teigen eventually decided to take a step back from Twitter because people weren’t happy with her past behavior, and it caught up to her.

Bullying a Designer

Shortly after Teigen published a second apology about the backlash from her Tweets about Stoddon, designer Michael Costello came out with his own story. He claimed that Teigen was on a rampage to ruin his career. He said she sent him into a depression.

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It started when she claimed he was racist after a photoshopped comment was released. Then, when Costello explained that he never said those things, Teigen told him his career was over. She messaged him horrible things and didn’t think about the consequences.

Taking Down the Food Columnist

The New York Times’ food columnist Alison Roman was fired after a tiff with Teigen and Marie Condo. Roman said that Teigen was a “sell out” for starting a cookware line and creating an Instagram account for her cookbook. She said she would never want to be like Teigen.

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Roman offered an insincere apology, but Teigen didn’t believe her. People also said that Roman was showing off her white privilege by taking a stab at Teigen and Condo. Teigen publicly accepted the apology, but it was far from resolved.

Helping Hands at Home

When Teigen was young, her mom moved back to Thailand to take care of her sick parents. Although they spent years apart during Teigen’s teen years, they now live together. Her mom, Pepper, is like a “live-in best friend” and an extra pair of helping hands.

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Teigen and Pepper love cooking together, and Teigen’s daughter has started to get in on the fun. Teigen has spoken about how helpful it is having her mother around the house and the kids are just as happy having their grandma around the house.

Stepping Up to the Plate

Teigen isn’t just a pretty face, she also has athletic abilities. In 2014, she was asked to throw the first pitch at a Dodgers game. Most people thought she would be horrible, but she pulled it off. Teigen was actually better than most people who have thrown the first pitch.

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She made it over home plate, which is impressive considering how many bad first pitches there have been. Teigen’s daughter Luna also got to throw the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game. She might not have been as good as her mom, but she’s still young.

Keeping It Real

Unlike other celebrities, Teigen doesn’t promote products that she doesn’t believe in. You will never see her pushing weight loss things like “flat tummy tea” on her Instagram because her followers are smart and would call her out for pushing that.

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She is all about body positivity and would never want her fans to think she is drinking unhealthy products to lose weight. However, she hasn’t lied about the work she has had done. Admittedly, she had her teeth fixed, liposuction, and other beauty treatments.

She Was Slammed by Forever 21

Teigen has worked for many fashion companies, but Forever 21 didn’t show her much love. The fast-fashion brand had the audacity to call Teigen fat. While we don’t know how they came to that conclusion, it was a bad look for them to body shame her.

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When Teigen arrived at a photoshoot for their brand, the people told her to leave because her “face was too fat.” It not only upset Teigen, but it proved that Forever 21 only cares about showing one kind of model instead of diversity. It’s very unprofessional.

John Legend Wrote a Hit Song About Her

Shortly before Teigen and Legend tied the knot, he released his hit single “All of Me.” Many fans speculated that it was about his then-girlfriend, Teigen, and they were right. She also starred in the music video, which was a big indicator that the song was about her.

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Legend’s song melted Teigen’s heart and gave fans an inside look into their adorable relationship. She never gets tired of hearing the song because Legend wrote it from his heart. Everyone needs a man who will write songs about their love.

Modeling Wasn’t Her First Career Choice

It was a while before Teigen was convinced that her modeling career would go anywhere. She had a strong desire to find other career paths. Teigen thought about being a teacher and considered other alternatives. She contemplated doing something with food too.

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Since she was younger, Teigen has had a passion for food and trying new recipes. She probably would have been good in either field, but modeling took over her life. However, she still finds it hard to believe that she is a model despite her massive success.

No Gym Time

Teigen’s body might look like she works out multiple days a week, but she doesn’t enjoy the gym. She doesn’t like to push her body to its limits, but it’s hard to believe how she maintains her stunning physique while still eating her favorite junk foods.

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She must have a killer metabolism to eat whatever she wants and keep her body looking amazing. Teigen hasn’t always felt good in her skin, but she doesn’t have anything to worry about. She said she only seriously works out right before a big photoshoot.

Animal Lover

People can say a lot of things about Teigen, but no one can say she doesn’t love animals. While she has mostly featured her French bulldogs on her Instagram, Teigen loves all animals. She isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with any kind of animal or bug.

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She might have an allergy to cats, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like them. She will rub and cuddle a cat anyway even if she breaks out in hives. Teigen has requested to have animals in her photoshoots but hasn’t gotten her way yet.

Not a Romantic Start

Teigen and Legend have a beautiful relationship, and they have shared so many adorable moments with the world. However, most people don’t know that their first interaction wasn’t so romantic. When she met him on the set of his music video, her first words weren’t flirty.

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Teigen walked into his dressing room and and saw he was busy with his clothes. Her first words to him were, “You do your own ironing?” We don’t know what he replied, but he was probably confused that she didn’t say hi first before asking about his laundry.

She Hates Nutella

Although she loves junk food, Teigen hates Nutella. We don’t know what Nutella ever did to Teigen, but you won’t find it in her junk food stash. Most people would disagree with Teigen’s opinion because Nutella is delicious. What is wrong with her taste buds?

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She is also particular about how she eats her other foods. Teigen needs her soup to be just under boiling point or else she won’t eat it. She might have strong opinions about certain foods, but she isn’t afraid to try new dishes and recipes.

How Old Is Chrissy Teigen?

Teigen recently celebrated her 36th birthday on November 30th. The model marked her big day with an adorable photoshoot with her family. She spent time surrounded by her family and enjoyed lots of good food (obviously). She also got an interesting procedure.

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Teigen recently got an eyebrow transplant before her birthday. The procedure involved taking hair follicles from her back to make her eyebrows fuller. The pictures looked bizarre, but once she heals, she is going to have a fierce set of brows that don’t require maintenance.

She Watched Herself Get Photoshopped

During a question-and-answer session with fans, Teigen admitted that she had to watch herself get photoshopped for an editorial spread. She said it was hard to watch them change her and find all her imperfections. It messed with Teigen’s confidence.

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However, her Sports Illustrated images were not heavily edited. Teigen might be okay with people fixing small things, but she doesn’t want her fans to believe that she will change her body for social media. Teigen isn’t afraid to let it all hang out for the world to see.

Her Funny Nickname

Some people say that Teigen’s nickname is “Chrissy” because her full name is Christine, but her friends have a different nickname for her. Some people get funny names for doing silly things, but Teigen’s friends came up with this because of what she wears.

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Teigen’s friends call her “Terry” for an unexpected reason. If she isn’t wearing jean shorts, a slouchy shirt and chunky boots, Teigen is usually sporting a towel. She said, “All my friends call me Terry because I’m always in a terrycloth towel.” She doesn’t like robes.

Strong Opinions About Social Media

She might have been a hardcore Twitter user, but Teigen can’t imagine trying to be in a relationship in the age of social media. She believes that social media ruins relationships because of jealousy and people being able to nitpick their partners’ actions online.

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When she started her relationship with Legend, she would look up all the gossip about him online. She said, “I’ve never been in a new relationship during the Instagram era, but I could see myself getting jealous. I can’t imagine having to deal with that stuff.”

Baby Name Advice

While doing press for her first cookbook, Teigen told Steven Colbert that she consulted Barack Obama on whether or not he liked the name Luna for her baby girl. It was still a secret at the time, but she thought he would be a trusty confidant.

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Teigen said she and Legend went back and forth between many baby names, and Obama liked one of their choices. Teigen then thought she should have given him more than two names. She asked him because Legend wasn’t sold on the name Luna, but they went with it anyway.

Fish Out of Water

While she might be a swimsuit model, Teigen is not a fan of the water and didn’t know how to swim. For a long time, she hated the beach, being in the sand, and feeling dirty. However, the birth of her daughter made Teigen reevaluate her opinions about the water.

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When Luna was born, Teigen vowed to learn how to swim so she could enjoy fun times with her children. She also had to learn how to love the beach because Teigen wasn’t going to stop her children from making memories.

Standing Up for Herself

Teigen is beautiful, talented, and vocal both online and in person. Whenever she has to, Teigen has zero problems sticking up for herself in uncomfortable situations. In particular, she had a rude encounter with an aggressive photographer at the Grammys. And she didn’t need Legend to fight her battle.

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At the 2015 award show, Teigen started yelling profanities at one of the rude photographers as she continued to pose for photos. She’s a professional because no one else could look gorgeous while yelling at someone. She is definitely one of a kind.

One of the Guys

Teigen might be a beautiful model, but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. Before she was discovered, she played football. She said her life was consumed by the love of the game and it was basically her life until she started modeling.

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She said it was hard to let go of the game when her career took off because it was such a big part of her life. Teigen would think about it all the time and come up with new plays and tricks. She hopes to get back to the game someday because it was a good outlet for her.

Dancing Queen

Besides her love of sports, Teigen was also an avid dancer before she started modeling. She likes to say she wasn’t a dancer but enjoyed dancing. Teigen would move and groove every day because it made her happy. She loved making up routines to different songs.

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Teigen said, “Every movement became a game of beauty, competing against only your own mind and the limits of your limbs alone. Nothing else mattered. I had ears for nothing else. The passion was strong.” It’s hard to imagine her as a dancer now.