Supermodel Chrissy Teigen is more than the biracial beauty John Legend totes around to red carpets. The outspoken Twitter chatterbox is also a swimwear designer, TV personality and self-made chef. Most surprising of all? She’s human. — Adelle Platon
BRED IN THE RURAL innocence of Seattle, Washington, Chrissy Teigen accelerated her maturity when she became a California transplant. “Seattle was like a Disney family town,” she recalled. “There was no emphasis put on being sexy and people didn’t even talk about sex or drugs. I moved to Huntington Beach and everything grew up a lot faster there.”
After clocking in for a retail gig at a surf shop on Main Street, a photographer came in and asked to flash his lens at the beach beauty. Chrissy took the snapshots to a modeling agency in Los Angeles that praised her exotic features even when she felt more tomboy than model. “All models say growing up they were kind of awkward, but I wasn’t awkward,” she said. “I played sports like baseball and soccer, and I had all guy friends. It was more weird, not ‘Oh my look at the dark-haired, mixed girl.’
Now, even with a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover crossed out on her to-do list, the Thai/Norwegian model still has yet to find her sexy. “Probably last year, and even then, not really,” Chrissy laughs when asked when she embraced her self-image. “I’m very aware of what people say about me and what people think all the time.”
The 27-year-old also recognizes when gossip outlets troll her love life. Her engagement to R&B singer John Legend has recently drawn a media firestorm after a tabloid-y newspaper accused him of cheating on Teigen. Her line of defense? Humor. “Gonna buy a parrot for the sole reason of it shitting on the post every day. Also the singing and companionship,” she tweeted.
This isn’t the first time the Twitter addict has caught shade online. In May 2012, Chris Brown’s league of stans came with death threats after she fired an e-shot against the singer’s lipsyncing performance at the Billboard Awards.
Still, no amount of characters can deter the svelte firecracker from planning her nuptials to Legend, hosting a messy model competition and planting the seeds for her own mini-empire.