Chrissy Teigen covers the February 2019 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine photographed by Eric Ray Davidson.
On being an introvert and a homebody: “It sounds weird to say, but I really am an introvert. Luna’s just two and a half now and bringing out so much of my personality that I was too anxious to share in the outside world before, so I get to be goofy; I get to be silly. We are all very much homebodies. I’m not the type to meet a friend for lunch; I’m only comfortable in my home.”
On her career and staying true to herself: “In the beginning of my career, [brands] didn’t want to see your personality; they wanted to see a pretty face. Obviously, speaking your mind can limit you to fifty percent of the population these days, but I think more and more, companies are realizing that authentic voices actually end up being much more beneficial. I’m outspoken when I wanna be, and I always have to be myself, so I can’t really compromise on that.”
On reacting to negative social media comments: “I have moods like anybody else. Some days, I’ll wake up and I’ll read something and it’ll totally not affect me. But if I read that same thing the next day—after a night of no sleep and a really rough day with Luna—it naturally gets to you because you’re in a shittier mood. If I wake up, and I’m like, “Ugh, I feel bloated, I haven’t worked out for a few days” and I read something about my body? That’s the day that I’m gonna speak up. It’s just crazy how judgmental people can be.”
On fueling her body through food and fitness: “I think now I understand that food is so emotional for me, so I need to realize that if I put good things in my body, I’m probably going to have a better day the next day. Working out, to me, has never been about losing weight, it’s always been a mood thing, and it always, always helps my mood, so to be able to get back in that routine would be great.”
On learning body acceptance: “Every morning when I look at myself in the mirror, I’m like, “Oh my gosh, how did it get here? My baby was, like, four pounds and I gained, like, sixty pounds, and that seems off!”…But, you know, I think everyone’s body is just really different. That’s why, my posts of real mom shit, and wearing the diaper, and having that mesh thing, and real postpartum business? I think as important as it is for people to see me do that, it’s also really important for me.”
On accepting her body’s new normal: “I think, in a way, we’ve forgotten what a regular body looks like. There are people out there who are struggling and I’m struggling, and it’s okay to come to terms with that being okay, to realize that it’s gonna be a bit of a journey.
It’s all about trying to be happy with myself. Because I’m not blind: I see my body, I see the difference in shape, I see that I gained weight. But I also see with those same eyes that I have a beautiful baby boy, and this little girl that’s relentless and amazing, and I am very happy.
This is a new thing that I can change within my mind, that I don’t have to be swimsuit model anymore. I get to be a mommy, and I get to cook, and I get to meet incredible people, and I’m happy to be going through this transition.”
On fighting with husband John Legend: “A big thing that helps us is the two different ways that we fight. I get very passionate, I get very loud, and he’s very much a diffuser. But in the end, we’re both apologizers; we don’t like to dwell on the same thing.”
On staying in the present: I think people get really set in their ways and believe in a schedule and a plan, and I am just much more a “let things happen and try to adjust to the tides.”
[Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson/Good Housekeeping Magazine]