Chrissy Teigen seems to have it all: sensitive crooner husband, rockin’ career, a wicked sense of humor, and let’s not forget she’s drop-dead gorgeous. But models are wide open to criticism too, and she admits that she’s had her fair share of self-esteem-shattering moments.
“I actually was fired from a job,” Teigen, who has been married to singer John Legend since last September, said in an interview with DuJour magazine. “Forever 21. They booked me directly when I was much younger and I showed up on set. They asked me if they could take a photo, and they shoot that photo off to my agency who then calls me as I’m sitting in the make-up chair, and they say, ‘You need to leave right now, they just said you are fat and you need to come get your measurements taken,'” she recalled. “I hate you, Forever 21. I hate you so much. Honestly, you’re the worst.”
Teigen, with her usual sense of humor, seems to be laughing at the Forever 21 firing, and she also detailed another embarrassing moment. “A hotel in Los Angeles sold a story that John was at the hotel with what appeared to be a high-class hooker and that it definitely wasn’t me. It was me,” she laughed. “That’s horrible! They thought I was a hooker. High-class, though!”
Through hooker mishaps and the jerks at Forever 21, Teigen didn’t let her body image go down the drain. She loves to cook and eat and often posts photos of the process on social media, including a recent one taken during her experience with DuJour.
The Sports Illustrated cover model is not afraid to give people who criticize her figure a piece of her mind, either. In April, she ranted on Instagram after several users made comments that she had gained weight. “I don’t know why I’m always surprised when you let me down,” Teigen wrote. “I gotta get used to this s***… it’s amazing to me that I’m told to get over the a**holes but the a**holes are never told to stop being pieces of s***.”
Standing up to fat-shamers seems to be a positive new trend among celebs. After comedian Jay Mohr made disparaging remarks about Alyssa Milano’s baby weight gain in January, the actress took to Twitter to kill Mohr with kindness while still standing up for herself: “@jaymohr37 So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat shame me,” she tweeted. “Be well and God bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife.”