Chrissy Teigen, Lorna Maseko-Lukhele, Ali­cia Vikan­der

Swim­suit model, blog­ger, TV star and now writer of a cook­book – is there any­thing Chrissy Teigen (AKA Mrs John Leg­end) can’t do?

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - Words LORI COHEN @chris­syteigen

SHE WAS A Sports Il­lus­trated swim­suit model, he is a Grammy-win­ning R&B crooner. To­gether they are Hol­ly­wood’s favourite new power couple. Chrissy Teigen and John Leg­end fa­mously met on the set of his video for the song ‘Stereo’ in 2007 and she’s since re­vealed that af­ter the shoot, they went for a drink and ‘hooked up’. It is this sig­na­ture hon­esty, quirk­i­ness and self­ad­mit­ted over­shar­ing on so­cial me­dia that has warmed the world to her. Chrissy’s Twit­ter and In­sta­gram ac­counts give daily glimpses into her life with John and their three bull­dogs, Puddy, Pippa and Penny. ‘I grew up just lov­ing so­cial me­dia. I al­ways loved [on­line] mes­sage boards. I was ob­sessed with talk­ing to the out­side world,’ Chrissy told De­tails mag­a­zine. ‘With Twit­ter it’s nice to show your per­son­al­ity. But for me, I kind of enjoy show­ing peo­ple that [John and I] are just like nor­mal dorks. I really love stay­ing at home and cook­ing and I enjoy tweeting about that on a Fri­day or Satur­day night. Thank God Twit­ter wasn’t around when I was in high school or I would have never grad­u­ated,’ she told Vegas mag­a­zine.

While her so­cial me­dia feeds are gen­er­ally clogged with loved-up shots of the couple and life with her ‘dog fam­ily’, she isn’t afraid to use the chan­nel to stir up a lit­tle con­tro­versy. In one In­sta­gram post, Chrissy shared pho­to­graphs of the stretch marks on her in­ner thighs, com­ment­ing: ‘Bruises from bump­ing kitchen drawer han­dles for a week. Stretchies say hi!’ Women re­sponded by shar­ing their own ‘stretchies’ with the hash­tag #LoveYourLines.

Re­fresh­ingly, it seems there’s noth­ing o lim­its for her. As a food stylist on Tyra Banks’s show FABLife, Chrissy also shared her strug­gles with in­fer­til­ity. ‘John and I would have had kids ve years ago if it had hap­pened, but it’s been a process,’ she said. The couple, who have been to­gether for nearly a decade and mar­ried in Italy in 2013, have been open about their fer­til­ity bat­tles. In Oc­to­ber last year, they shared the happy news that Chrissy was preg­nant with her 3.8 mil­lion In­sta­gram fol­low­ers (nat­u­rally), with a photo of them cud­dled up, John’s hand gen­tly rest­ing on her stom­ach. The post re­ceived more than 800 000 likes with thou­sands of com­ments of con­grat­u­la­tions for the much-loved pair.

Chrissy’s ex­otic looks come from her Thai mother, Vi­lailuck, and have made her stand out from of­ten generic-look­ing swim­suit mod­els. The 30-year-old was born in a small, con­ser­va­tive town in Utah, and the fam­ily moved around a lot for her elec­tri­cian fa­ther’s job, liv­ing in Seat­tle, Idaho and Hawaii. In an ode to her mother on her Face­book page, Chrissy says her mom was born and raised in ru­ral Thai­land and moved to Amer­ica with Chrissy’s fa­ther and her half-sis­ter Tina. ‘We pro­ceeded to move around the coun­try for my dad’s job, but never once did I ever re­alise this stress on her. She held our fam­ily to­gether,’ she says. The fam­ily even­tu­ally set­tled in Cal­i­for­nia. ‘I couldn’t be­lieve how hot the girls all were,’ Chrissy told Vegas mag­a­zine.

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