Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen Biography

Model, Television Personality (1985–)
Chrissy Teigen is a model and popular Twitter personality. She also appears on such TV shows as 'Lip Sync Battle' and 'FabLife.'

Who Is Chrissy Teigen?

Born in Utah in 1985, Chrissy Teigen started modeling as a teenager. Her career really started to take off with her first appearance in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in 2010. The talkative model also became an in-demand television personality, hosting the 2013 reality show Model Employee. Two years later, Teigen became a commentator on Lip Sync Battle and a co-host on the daytime talk show FabLife. She is also a popular figure on Twitter with more than 9 million followers. She married singer John Legend in 2013.

Early Life

Model, TV personality, food blogger and social media star Chrissy Teigen was born in Delta, Utah, on November 30, 1985, and spent much of her childhood in Seattle, Washington. Teigen’s mother is from Thailand and her American father is of Norwegian ancestry.

Teigen didn’t dream of becoming a model. As she told the Daily Beast website, “I always wanted to be a teacher or wanted to do something with food. But modeling, I just never thought I could do it myself really ever.” Despite her personal doubts, she was discovered around the age of 18 while working at a surf shop in California. She spent a lot of time in her early career working on catalog shoots.

Career Highlights

Teigen met singer and musician John Legend in 2006 when she was cast in the musical video for his song “Stereo.” The pair eventually became an item. Professionally, Teigen had a career breakthrough in 2010 when she was featured as “Rookie of the Year” in Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit issue. She went on to appear in several more editions of the swimsuit issue, even landing on the cover in 2014 with models Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge.

In addition to her Sports Illustrated work, Teigen has graced the pages of such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Italian Vogue. She has been featured in ads for such brands as Rock and Republic and Ed Hardy. Teigen has also emerged as a force in social media, posting her candid, often humorous thoughts and images on Twitter and Instagram. 

Branching out in another direction, she started her own blog, So Delushious, to share her recipes and opinions. Teigen told Marie Claire magazine that "I always loved food and I think I kind of needed an outlet. I didn't want to just talk about modeling all the time and just be in the modeling realm." 

With her striking good looks and outgoing personality, Teigen was a natural for television. She started out as a guest host for the entertainment news show EXTRA in 2010 and moved on to hosting the 2013 VH-1 reality series Model Employee. While that show failed to take off, Teigen had better luck as the “color commentator” on Lip Sync Battle, which debuted in 2015. She and host LL Cool J oversee this competition, which features two celebrities doing their best to win over the audience with their pretend singing.

That same year, Teigen entered the world of daytime television as one of the hosts of FabLife. The syndicated talk show, produced by Tyra Banks, also features Joe Zee, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley. Teigen serves as the program’s food expert.

Personal Life

Teigen got engaged to singer John Legend in 2011. The pair tied the knot in September 2013. They held their wedding ceremony in Lake Como, Italy, and Teigen’s friend and fellow model Brooklyn Decker served as her maid of honor. In 2015, Teigen and Legend announced that they were expecting their first child together. She revealed on her talk show FabLife that she and her husband had been struggling with fertility issues for years. The couple welcomed daughter Luna Simone Stephens on April 14, 2016.

On November 21, 2017, Teigen announced she was pregnant again. She shared a photo of her baby bump on Snapchat, with the caption, "Very excited to not have to hide this anymore. Everyone I told first was like 'uh yeah we knew thanks.'" Teigen announced on May 16, 2018 that their son, Miles Theodore Stephens, had arrived.

Showcasing her humorous social media instincts, Teigen in December 2017 kept her 9 million-plus Twitter followers entertained through the course of a troubled attempt to fly from Los Angeles to Japan. With her initial flight forced to turn back due to a passenger being on the wrong plane, Teigen managed to keep her wits about her by relaying her experiences with airline employees, food, music and other passengers. 

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