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Chrissy Teigen
Christine Teigen 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Teigen in 2012
Born
Christine Diane Teigen

(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 36)
Delta, Utah, U.S.
Occupation
  • Model
  • television personality
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2013)
Children2
Modeling information
AgencyIMG Models (Worldwide)[1]

Christine Diane Teigen[2][3] (born November 30, 1985)[4] is an American model and television personality. She made her professional modeling debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and later appeared on the 50th anniversary cover alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge in 2014. She formerly appeared as a panelist on the syndicated daytime talk show FABLife (2015–2016). She co-hosts the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle (2015–present) with LL Cool J and serves as a judge on the comedy competition series Bring the Funny (2019). Teigen has also authored two cookbooks.

Early life

Christine Diane Teigen was born on November 30, 1985, in Delta, Utah.[5] Her mother, Vilailuck, is from Thailand, while her father, Ron, is an American of Norwegian descent.[5][6] Her surname is usually pronounced /ˈtɡən/; despite this, she stated that she prefers the pronunciation /ˈtɡən/.[3] After she was born, she and her family relocated to Snohomish, Washington, where her parents ran a tavern.[5]

When Teigen was 15, her father relocated them to Huntington Beach, California, after her mother returned to Thailand. During this time, she worked at a surf shop, where she landed a modeling campaign with clothing company Billabong through the shop's clients, and was discovered by a photographer.[5] In her early modeling career, Teigen lived in Miami, Florida, "for four years, six months out of the year".[7]

Career

Teigen was a briefcase model on the game show Deal or No Deal during the pilot and first season.[8] She appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2010, and was named "Rookie of the Year".[9] Her friend and fellow model Brooklyn Decker had introduced her to the people at Sports Illustrated to cast her.[10] The following year, she designed and debuted a capsule collection with swimwear designer DiNeila Brazil at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami as well as appeared as a featured character in the 2011 Electronic Arts video game Need For Speed: The Run.[11] She also filmed a Cooking Channel special titled Cookies and Cocktails.[12]

Teigen at the premiere of the film Battleship in Sydney in 2012

Two years later, Teigen was the host of the competition series Model Employee on VH1.[13] She was also featured on another Cooking Channel special, titled Chrissy Teigen's Hungry, detailing her wedding menu tasting with then-fiancé, John Legend.[14] In October 2013, she appeared in Legend's music video for the song "All of Me", which also features footage from their wedding.[15] In April 2014, Teigen played a fictionalized version of herself as a relationship counselor in an Inside Amy Schumer sketch.[16] That same year, she appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge.[17][18] In January 2015, Teigen guest starred on the sitcom The Mindy Project as the girlfriend of the man who took the main character's virginity.[19] In April, she became a co-host of the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle alongside LL Cool J.[20] She co-hosted the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with Ludacris.[21]

From September 2015 until June 2016, Teigen was a food stylist and panelist on Tyra Banks's syndicated daytime talk show, FABLife.[22] In February 2016, she published a book titled Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller and the second-best selling cookbook of the year.[23][24] The following year, Teigen released a clothing line in collaboration with the fashion company Revolve.[25] In September 2018, she released her second book, titled Cravings: Hungry For More.[26] Simultaneously, she released a line of cookware through Target.[27]

The following year, Teigen appeared as a judge for the comedy competition series Bring the Funny.[28] In November, she launched a cooking website, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, which features recipes as well as restaurant and entertaining tips.[29] Chrissy's Court, a courtroom-style series starring Teigen, debuted in April 2020 on Quibi. Teigen also served as executive producer for the series.[30] As of May 2021, Target had stopped carrying her cookware line, which a company spokesperson said was a "mutual decision".[31]

Political views and activism

Teigen at a Families Belong Together event in 2019

Teigen identifies as a feminist and intends on raising her children as such.[32] She made donations to nonprofit organization Planned Parenthood in 2015 following the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting and again in 2017.[33][34] She and her husband donated $25,000 to March for Our Lives, a rally against gun violence, in 2018.[35] A supporter of immigrants' rights, Teigen delivered a speech at a Families Belong Together event in Los Angeles that same year.[36] In May 2020, she donated $200,000 to bail and legal defense funds to aid activists arrested during protests in response to the murder of George Floyd.[37]

Teigen is a vocal critic of former U.S. President Donald Trump.[38] In June 2018, she donated $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit organization, to commemorate Trump's 72nd birthday.[39] Teigen and her husband endorsed Elizabeth Warren during the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.[40] The couple endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.[41]

Personal life

Teigen became engaged to singer John Legend in December 2011, after four years of dating.[42] The couple first met while filming his 2006 music video for the song "Stereo", in which she played his love interest.[43] They married in September 2013,[43] celebrating their wedding on September 14 in Como, Italy.[1] Legend's song "All of Me" was dedicated to her.[44] They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[5] Teigen and Legend have two children: a daughter born in April 2016, and a son born in May 2018.[45][46] In 2020, the couple were expecting a third child,[47] but Teigen suffered a stillbirth in September.[48]

In May 2021, television personality Courtney Stodden said that in 2011, during their marriage as a minor to actor Doug Hutchison, Teigen tweeted and privately messaged them urging them to take their own life.[49][50] Teigen subsequently apologized to Stodden, saying she was sad and mortified at her past self, whom she described as "an insecure, attention seeking troll."[51] Stodden accepted her apology but deemed it an attempt to save her business partnerships.[51] A month later, Teigen released another apology in a lengthy blog post admitting to cyberbullying.[52] Fashion designer Michael Costello and television personality Farrah Abraham then respectively spoke out about being targets of her attacks, with Costello posting screenshots of taunting messages from Teigen.[53] In response to Costello, Teigen stated that his screenshots had been faked and shared screenshots of praiseful messages from Costello, after which the designer said he had evidence to verify his claims.[54][55]

Filmography

Film and television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007–2008 Deal or No Deal Herself / Briefcase model Pilot and first season [8]
2011 Cookies & Cocktails Herself Cooking Channel program [12]
2012, 2015 America's Next Top Model Herself / Challenge judge 2 episodes
2013 Model Employee Herself / Host 8 episodes
2013, 2014 The View Herself / Guest co-host 2 episodes
2014 Wild 'n Out Herself Episode: "Chrissy Teigen/PWD"
Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: "Boner Doctor" [16]
Snack Off Herself / Judge 18 episodes
Ridiculousness Herself 1 episode
The Getaway
2015–2016 FABLife Herself / Co-host 179 episodes [22]
2015–present Lip Sync Battle 84 episodes [20]
2015 The Mindy Project Grace Episode: "San Francisco Bae" [19]
2016 The Toycracker: A Mini-Musical Spectacular Nutcracker Television film
2017 Double Dutchess: Seeing Double Herself Segment "M.I.L.F. $"
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14, episode 4
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Crystal the Invisible Woman Voice
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy Herself Christmas special
2019 The Voice Episode: "The Blind Auditions Premiere, Night 1"
Celebrity Family Feud Episode: "Chrissy Teigen & John Legend vs. Vanderpump Rules"
Bring the Funny Judge [28]
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner [56]
2020 Chrissy's Court Also executive producer [30]
Ellen's Game of Games Episode: "Episode 2: Stink Tank"
The Simpsons Voice; Episode: "The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson"
2021 Mr. Mayor Episode: "Brentwood Trash"
2021 The Mitchells vs. the Machines Hailey Posey Voice

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes Ref.
2007 "Stereo" John Legend [43]
2013 "All of Me" [15]
2016 "Love Me Now" [57]
"M.I.L.F.$" Fergie [58]
2019 "Preach" John Legend [59]
2020 "Wild" [47]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Need for Speed: The Run Nikki Blake Voice [60]

Bibliography

  • Teigen, Chrissy. Cravings: Hungry for More. Random House, 2018 ISBN 9781524759735.
  • Teigen, Chrissy. Cravings: All Together. Random House, 2021. ISBN 9780593135426.

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