Chrissy Teigen admits to preparing for SI swimsuit shoots w/ 10-day juice fasts

Chrissy Teigen

My favorite model will forever be the elusive Kate Moss, but I can easily accept that Kate might be enigmatic yet doesn’t have much of a personality. That’s one of the reasons why Kate, historically, hasn’t done many interviews — because she’s not really witty or funny, and hearing from her all the time might just have ruined her career. Poor Kate, I still love her though.

In sharp contrast, Chrissy Teigen (if you don’t know who she is, check this year’s Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit edition) has got to be the funniest model around. I’m consistently giggling up a storm at her tweets, and I think she’s secretly the biggest troll that Twitter has ever known. She’s forever picking fights with Chris Brown’s “Team Breezy” fans, and I felt kind of bad that I laughed so hard when she tweeted about waking up her fiance, John Legend, from a nap to tell him that Cher was dead. He got really sad and went back to sleep, and she was so amused that he was sleeping while thinking Cher was dead. It was only funny because Cher isn’t dead. Ahh, never mind.

Anyway, Chrissy is one of those rare, atypical models who will confess to loving food and eating it on a regular basis. She’s also a trained chef and has a food blog called So Delushious … although she hasn’t blogged in about a month, and the “week of Ramen” (the really good Tokyo stuff) at the top of the page makes me hungry every time I look at it. She also has a brand new show on the Cooking Channel that premieres tonight. The show will follow her (and John) as she plans her wedding menu and as “becomes one with her surroundings” in the Smoky Mountain foothills. Lots of food will be had.

It’s not all fun and games though. Chrissy has recently admitted that she lives to eat and hates dieting, but whenever she has a swimsuit shoot coming up (and she’s been featured in SI for several consecutive years now), she goes on a week-long juice fast. This is somewhat similar to Adriana Lima’s admission to a very hardcore liquid diet (which she later tried to retract) while preparing for the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Surely, Chrissy is consulting with a nutritionist for her own liquid diet (and she admits to “cheating” with some solid raw food), but this is still somewhat shocking to hear from a woman who talks about food every day, all day long:

Chrissy Teigen

Sports Illustrated model and food lover Chrissy Teigen has revealed how she very reluctantly prepares for her “daunting” bikini shoots.

The 27-year-old, who is set to marry John Legend, explained to Cooking Channel TV that she hates dieting “so much I can barely explain without getting angry, but I don’t walk onto the set of a swimsuit shoot without having that whole week prior being a pretty strict regimen.”

She doesn’t elaborate on what the “strict regimen” is, but her Twitter feed and food blog indicate that juice cleanses are behind her swimsuit-ready physique. On December 11, the brunette tweeted a photograph of a large pan of mussels captioned with the description: “Served with bok choy and thai sea bass. Now we say goodbye to food and hello to juice for 1 week!”

Miss Teigen also goes into juice cleansing in more detail on her blog So Delushious! She wrote last October: “It’s honestly not something I push and advocate for, nor do I want to lose all credibility as someone who LOVES food. Trust me, I already got the, ‘you write a food blog and you don’t even eat’ sh-t.

“Would I EVER do a 10-day juice cleanse if I didn’t have to be in a bikini… sometimes only half a bikini… in highly circulated magazines? Holy sh-t, NO. I love my body. Well, I love my in-clothes body. Loving your bikini bod is a whole other ball game. And getting in a bikini when you just completed 3 weeks of not just eating but FEASTING every single day is a little daunting to say the least.”

When she eats a lot she doesn’t put weight on in the right places. “Skinny legs. Skinny (untoned) arms. And a poof in the belly,” she explains.

To gear up for modeling assignments she says that she opts for the ten-day Blueprint moderate cleanse, which consists of three green juices a day, one spicy lemonade, one pineapple, and one cashew milk drink.

“The Blueprint cleanse is great because it provides all-around nourishment. You are consuming around 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables (well however much juice that would make at least) every single day,” Miss Teigen writes.

“I made the decision last night… I would allow small amounts of raw nuts, raw veg, a couple pieces of sashimi in moments of real hunger, avocado. That’s. All. I needed to make the adjustments necessary to keep meeee happy.” She later writes that she was unable to sleep properly because she “missed the feeling of going to bed with a full, heavy belly. That feeling is soothing to me.”

[From Daily Mail]

Let me just say upfront that I know there are a lot of people who advocate the cleansing effects of an occasional juice diet, but there’s no way in hell that I could ever not eat solids for over a week. Even after having my wisdom teeth pulled, I was crawling the walls after two days of nothing but yogurt and applesauce. However, I can understand that there are certain pressures of being a model, and one who models swimsuits must certainly (at least on occasion) go to great lengths to maintain such a figure. When I look at Chrissy’s bodypaint shots from this year’s SI though, I just envy the elasticity of her boobs. She’s so gorgeous, and she’s so real.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. Cait says:

    I heart her. So hard. She’s frank, witty and refreshingly honest about balancing her work with her personal life.

  2. RobN says:

    Certain jobs require that you don’t show up with a food baby. She’s not advocating living that way and it would be incredibly naive to think that these women show up for a bikini shoot having eaten like the rest of us. I really don’t think some 13 year old is going to have body issues over this.

  3. That Girl says:

    She actually seems charming. If she truly does enjoy food, which she seems too, I bet she is GRUMPY after a 10 day juice fast. I know that I would be.

  4. Little Darling says:

    Oh my god I nearly spit out my coffee with the Cher being dead anecdote. Who does that? I LOVE IT!!! She’s beautiful and down to earth and a foodie on top of it all! I’m reading her tweets and ahe is hilarious! Thanks for highlighting her a bit today!!

  5. paranormalgirl says:

    I’ve done juice fasts, in fact, the Blueprint was recommended by my doctor. You’re actually getting pretty much everything your body needs, but (as he put it) in an easily flushible form.

  6. T.C. says:

    She’s just keeping it real. Better than Blake Lively’s bull about how much she loves food but never has to diet or excercise.

    • marie says:

      + 1..I can’t help but like her for it

    • Melissa says:

      I don’t have a monster-out-of-control appetite but I eat quite a lot; granted I eat what can be considered as healthy food (kosher, organic, meat, with vegetarian-friendly entrees and side dishes), I don’t diet or exercise except for my usual once a week yoga and normal activities like swimming and surfing. I am always between 110-119 pounds and even if I’m fighting with aplastic anemia, my weight has never been a problem. I don’t look anorexic at all.

      Some people are naturally skinny and unfortunately celebrities are giving them a bad name. The idea should be to love your body REGARDLESS of how much you weight.

      • LAK says:

        UUmm….swimming, surfing and yoga ARE exercise.The first 2 quite intense all body workouts that burn a lot of calories.

        And the fact that you are so specif about what you are putting into your body means you ARE on a diet. If you are a regular surfer/swimmer per your post, you must find that you eat quite healthily otherwise your body doesn’t function as well.

        If you did none of the above and led a completely sedatary life and ate anything and everything without thought, then you’d qualify as someone who doesn’t diet or exercise.

        Your weight would also go UP.

    • Fatkid says:

      I agree,but this isn’t an interview with her. Some at DM must have stumbled onto her blog and pieced things together to give the impression of an interview. All of the quotes are from her blog, and ITA w/bedhead – those ramen posts make me hungry!

  7. hoya_chick says:

    “She’s also a trained chef and has a food blog”….she went to a cooking program for a week or 2 and her blog is just her making other people’s recipes but okay, I guess.

    I tried to like her but I think she tries way too hard to be funny and smart and is a troll herself but gets mad and blocks people (and is very rude) when they do the same with/to her.

    I love John Legend’s 1st CD I still listen to it regularly but there is something famewhory about her that I don’t enjoy. I don’t think she is that pretty (her face is weird) and she has one of those skinny-fat model bodies with no real definition or tone just kinda meh.

    This story doesn’t bother me, of course that’s what they do! They all fast, who wouldn’t? You are naked, in a parka for all the world to see!

  8. Garvels says:

    She is a very attractive girl with exotic looks that most women envy but I heard her on an interview, and I thought she would serve her modeling career best if she kept her mouth shut. I thought her voice tone and slang were low rent and irritating. In other words her voice did not match her physical beauty.

  9. Lemony says:

    She is gorgeous & I love that she Twitter-fights w/ chris brown!

  10. KellyinSeattle says:

    I think I’d be fasting, too, if I was going to be on SI

  11. KellyinSeattle says:

    I think I’d be fasting, too, if I was going to be on SI
    p.s. sorry about the double post…

  12. ernie says:

    Kudos to the girl for being honest about the discipline it takes. The irony, though, is even after all that, photoshop is still heavily involved.

    We live in such a f-cked up world.

    • Aotearovian says:

      You’re right, it’s weird. Why bother with the juice fast when they’re going to ‘shop the sh-t out of you anyway? I get it for the VS runway, but not for photography. Maybe it’s a solidarity thing with the other models.

      I love Chrissy. She is one of my Twitter favorites.

  13. claire says:

    She is sooo freaking funny. I love her blog and twitter. Ever watched any of the videos with her mom? Too cute!

    As for the juice fast, has she ever actually gotten through a full one? IIRC, I think she ends up giving in and cheating a lot. haha.

    Juice fasts are not unhealthy. You are getting a ton of nutrients, just in a different form. The cleansing effects are a bit overstated though. There’s a lot of awesomeness going on while on a fast, but cleansing is probably the wrong word for it.

  14. Sirsnarksalot says:

    I wish people would stop calling juice fasts “cleanses” and just admit that it’s an expensive way to starve yourself or hide an eating disorder. I blame Gwyneth far making this a thing.

    • akua says:

      I have to agree, I have an eating disorder and at my worst, was living on a similar regiment – it was easier for me to starve myself when I wasn’t eating solid food (sounds kind of crazy, but you get into that mindset and it’s hard to get out). Though I imagine if I had to get into a bikini (or half) I’d be starving myself for a month before…

  15. Jayna says:

    She was on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen sometime around the latter part of last year and she was so funny.

  16. Dawn says:

    Okay she seems cool and honest. I find that refreshing coming from that business.

  17. Reece says:

    I like her too. As for the juicing, meh you can pretty much blenderize anything now. I have literally stood in Costco for an hour watching the Vitamix and Blendtec people go thru their whole schticks. I want one so much but I don’t have $400 to spare even off of qvc…I’m still talking about a blender.

  18. Jazz Fabulous says:

    Oh my god. Total butterface. Yuck.

  19. Nanz01 says:

    I love her tweets. She’s so funny. I even started following John Legend because I like her so much. I’m not surprised or offended by the juicing news. I mean, I’d probably do the same. She has a really healthy relationship with food and admits to working out a lot so she can eat like a normal person. Good for her that she has the will power to juice for a week. I don’t.

  20. Chordy says:

    I’m reading this article while eating a piece of valentine’s cake right after I ate some valentine’s brownie. I like my life better. Well, aside from the part where I don’t get to bang John Legend.

  21. Bodhi says:

    I don’t think I have the discipline for a 10 day juice fast.

    Anyway, I just wanted to comment so I could post a link to a SI picture. My cousin’s swim suit company is featured for the 3rd year in a row! YAY!!

  22. moja31 says:

    I prefer when models are honest about the lengths they have to go to in order to maintain their ridiculous figures. It’s certainly less harmful than pretending that they maintain their bodies with a diet of cheeseburgers and fries. Being honest about the extreme measures models sometimes have to take, is the first step in discussing whether such expectations ought to be acceptable or even desirable.

  23. Sheila McCoy says:

    I got a juicer for overall health reasons. pretty quickly I decided I would do all juice for a week to see how much weight I lost…let me tell you I only made it 4 days and not from starvation. I don’t know how these girls do it, if they really DO, because I couldn’t get more than 3 feet from a toilet for many days. Ugh…the worst. Never again!

  24. Jane says:

    Those aren’t the best pics of her. I never knew who she was before, but always wondered who that beautiful girl always with John Legend. I thought, at least, he’s always with the same girl unlike other celebs with a pretty new girl each event. I like her exotic beauty, read her blog and find it funny even though she does swear a lot (but not too much). Beautiful, knows how to cook, seems funny and not too dumb, stylish…what’s not to like?

  25. some bitch says:

    The skinny skinny look needs to go away. I can’t be the only one who isn’t attracted to the look of skinny, untoned limbs and a stomach that can only be achieved through a week and a half of extreme calorie restrictions. If a model with actual muscle mass, a strong core and broad shoulders came out… well, it’d be very refreshing!

  26. buckley says:

    That is not a good fit of pants for John…

  27. Lisa says:

    At least she’s honest, though.

  28. DQ says:

    Honestly, she’s fugly either way

  29. sam says:

    I found her tweets funny at first but they became annoying rather quickly, she tweets a lot, has a very strong opinion about everything, especially politics and Chris Brown. But the girl can cook, although she is most definitely not a trained chef.

  30. skeptical says:

    People, please please think about if the designers/magazines etc would even hire a normal sized model.
    Please stop blaming the models, talking about how unhealthy they are. THEY ALREADY KNOW.
    They have to stay that tiny or they get fired! We all saw how Adriana Lima had to backpedal when she told the truth about her pre-show prep. The links are above in this page. These models get fired if they gain weight and they get fired if they’re caught with their eating disorders. I don’t think it’s possible to be a model and eat normally.
    Please let’s start demanding that designers and magazines stop forcing their models to be so skinny. Did anyone here see the BBC show Super Slim Me? A lady in the show finally pointed out that designers choose the model. These models are doing these dangerous diets under threat of losing their jobs. Same with actresses. The whole “fat clause” thing in their contracts. And designers/producers/etc get away with this crap cuz we keep focusing on the models/actresses instead of going after the jerks who are really to blame.
    Heh..I’m probably preaching to the choir. I just don’t like to see girls hurting. Take a look at the credits in fashion magazines. How often is the model’s name even printed? They’ll print the names of the clothing and jewelry designers, and the hair and makeup stylists, but not the model. Because most models are just cogs in the machine. VS model positions are sought so much because of how their names are used. They’re not cogs, but yea they’d still get pressured to “retire” if they gain “too much.”

  31. lflips says:

    I am not directing this solely at her, but, we live in a seriously warped society. Going ten days without eating to take some photos in a bikini for a man to drool over…??? What is wrong with people? You can avoid a “food baby” without avoiding food for ten days.

  32. Cookie says:

    She’s very pretty, but her personality is a turn off. I saw her on some late night talk show a while back and she was clearly wasted and extremely obnoxious.

  33. amilu says:

    Love her. She and John are the cutest couple. She’s so funny on Instagram, and I love that she’s a major foodie!