Chrissy Teigen: “It bothers me [when models say] ‘I love to eat pizza'”

Chrissy Teigen covers Self Magazine. We just saw photos from her royal-themed baby shower, which some of you thought was gauche and others found sweet. Chrissy’s photoshoot theme for Self was motocross, which was clever. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a motocross theme for a women’s magazine, fitness or otherwise, apart from the occasional motorcycle as prop. They seem to have done the shoot when she was early in her pregnancy and hadn’t popped yet, or they Photoshopped her, it’s likely a bit of both. In the piece they say that Chrissy won’t discuss her due date as she’s trying to throw off the paparazzi. (Which is bizarre to me as she seems to enjoy them, but I get that she wants to protect her newborn.) They also talk about her cookbook and cooking blog, her TV hosting gigs, how busy she is and how she seems to get in a lot of twitter fights. I know Chrissy isn’t everyone’s favorite celebrity, she grates a little, but she does know how to hustle I’ll give her that. Plus she and John Legend are genuinely in love and coupled up, you can tell.

On her approach to social media
If I’m passionate about something, I’ll say it and deal with the consequences later.

On her difficulty conceiving and going through IVF
The big question was why this wasn’t working for us when I was young and he was healthy. I thought, People get pregnant by accident all the time! How does this happen? Emotionally, it could be really hard.

One of the things that saved us is that we never did that real fertility thing, where you’re looking at the ovulation clock and saying, ‘Honey, get home; we have to do it right now.’ John would say, ‘Let’s never be that couple that has to schedule sex, where we put it on the calendar and say, OK, this is our night.’ So before we did IVF, even if we went a few days or a week, our feeling was, it’s cool, who cares?

On being photographed at the beach when she was going through IVF
I looked horrible, totally not myself. Then to not be able to say what it was, it sucked.

On being both a foodie and a model
It always bothered me when someone would interview a model and say, ‘What do you do to stay in shape?’ and she would say, ‘I love to eat pizza; I love to indulge.’ I’ve always been the first one to say, ‘Bulls—! No you don’t.’ So I’ve been hyperaware of that, and I waited years to write a cookbook because I wanted people to know I really do love food.” [She eats what she wants but stays active] I like having that balance.

She’s worried about their new arrival but John is laid back
He’s been wonderful. He has a big family with nieces and nephews, and he actually knows more than I do about kids. It’s going to be very sexy to see this new side of him… I’ve truly never been alone with a kid. I don’t think I’ve changed a diaper! I’m like, how many times a day do they go?… I’m a worrier, and he’s very laid-back. I am the crazier one in the relationship, and he’s more relaxed, for sure.

She wants four kids, one after the other
I think I’ll probably be pregnant all through my 30s,. I’ve always pictured everyone around the table for the holidays and together once a week. It’ll be heartbreaking if it doesn’t end up happening, but hopefully it will. We’ve got some embryos on hold. Four [kids] is good, I think. And then, maybe a dog after.

[From Self]

There’s more in the full piece about her commitment to writing her cookbook, which is out now, and how she wanted it to both be in her own voice and as accurate as she could make it. She reads comments on online recipes in her spare time and her love of cooking came from watching her Thai mom improvise recipes. As for her interview, I came away from it with a better understanding of her. Chrissy seems both Type A, which I can respect, and rather open and honest while seeking attention. It’s the last couple of things which make her a bit overexposed. Chrissy is in our face a lot, but she’s somehow just as well known as her pop star husband, and that’s a feat for a model.

Oh and I love what she said about models claiming they love to indulge. They may, but their idea of indulging is not the same as the rest of us.

Here’s a photo Chrissy recently Instagrammed from the couch with her husband and one of their adorably spoiled French bulldogs. How did they achieve this pic, did they use a tripod or did a friend or staffmember take it?


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  1. D says:

    If theme for Self was motocross, then it would have been great to see one of the cool women who actually race motocross on the cover instead.

    • raincoaster says:

      Yeah, Self has gotten more fashiony/celeby since the new editor took it over. It’s sad to see, like when Conde Nast bought Women’s Sport and Fitness and featured a cover with Brooke Shields in a hot air balloon instead of real athletes.

  2. Kelly says:

    I think she is adorable. Nice that she’ll admit that staying thin enough to be a model is work instead of saying it’s all metabolism.

  3. tracking says:

    Pretty sure she tweeted pics of a pizza meal recently (pre-pregnancy).

    • PrincessMe says:

      Apparently she’s the (only) unicorn model who can like pizza and mean it.

      • Thinker says:

        Yeah that was super hypocritical. “I hate when…” And then proceeding to do the same exact thing! No self awareness.

    • qwerty says:

      But when she says she loves pizza she’s telling the truth while all the other models are lying. I know it cause she said so.

    • Emily says:

      She stays active, though, so she can eat what she wants. No other model has ever said that, ever.

      • INeedANap says:

        Exercise alone cannot counteract binging.

        I think she eats what she wants — in moderation. The occasional splurge, a bit of “bad” foods mixed in with plenty of “lean” foods.

      • Sarah says:

        Her ‘moderation’ would be one piece of pizza accompanied by a big leafy dressingless salad followed by mixed feelings of smugness and deprivation. For the rest of us, it’s a whole pizza and a bottle of wine followed by bloating and regret.

  4. Locke Lamora says:

    I find her annoying, but agree about the annoyig things models say about their diet.
    But is she saying that they are lying, but she really does love food?

    • qwerty says:

      Yes. Always a girls’ girl that one.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s what I didn’t get. She says they’re all lying, but she’s not and really loves food?
      Also, who really cares what anyone else eats?

      • Betsy says:

        I don’t think the “I love pizza” is the thing that bothers her, it’s the “I love to indulge!” that bothers her. It bugs me, too. From what I’ve read about most of those models over about 21, they cannot indulge. They just cannot gain weight and get work with the kind of very, very thin body that is in vogue currently. It’s like the people who say, oh, a little light exercise when what they mean is, “I work out hard two hours a day in the morning and do two hours of sculpting work later” or whatever.

  5. Anon says:

    Am I the only one who has no idea which picture on the beach she is referencing?

    • qwerty says:

      Those from st.barths iirc maybe? The ones with a sarong where she looked pregnant?

  6. Wiffie says:

    Of course models love to indulge. Yes they love pizza. Note they don’t say they EAT it, but they love it.

  7. Lama Bean says:

    The photoshopper needs to be fired.

  8. tanesha86 says:

    This is the least annoying she’s ever been, I’m impressed

  9. minx says:

    I always laugh when people say they want X number of children before they even have the first one.
    Yes, they are wealthy but it’s still a lot of work; your whole life changes. Have the first one and see how it goes.

    • Nur says:

      Huh, you read my mind! I was one of those naive fools, thinking I wanted three. I have one now, still suffer from PPA and overall find the whole thing very very exhausting with little reward. I dont know if I can go through this again even if I could get pregnant at my “advanced” age.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, that was the one thing that bugged me in the interview. As the parent of a kid with special needs, it’s nice to imagine having a handful of kids who’ll be happy to take a break from their easy, comfortable lives to come home for dinner every week. Life just doesn’t always work out that way.

      • minx says:


      • GingerCrunch says:

        Amen to that.

      • Jib says:

        Yup. My kids and I are close, always have been, but two of them live 5 hours away, and the other one is busy. We see him for dinner about twice a month. Most kids don’t leave everything behind to come home for Sunday dinner anymore. I wish they did.

  10. mp says:

    huh…I thought Chrissy was one of those models who ate what she wanted. I always thought runway models were the ones who got the worst deal. My cousin modeled, and she actually does have a crazy fast metabolism (like 6 hershey bars of chocolate on top of a lot of other food before her period fast). She quit modeling after a year bc she said it was really depressing to be around ppl who considered lemon water and baby food a meal, and that there many with depression/apathy/eating disorders.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      What’s a period fast? Never heard about that before.

      • mp says:

        sorry I meant my cousin could eat basically whatever she wanted and was still in shape, but especially right before her period, she could really put the chocolate and sweets away, because her metabolism was so rapid. She would get really hangry if she did not eat A TON of food. (and yes, she is an exception, as a nod to Kitten’s comment below – some ppl are naturally that skinny and pack the food away but many, many people are not and starve themselves to be that way). does that make sense now? sorry!

  11. Kitten says:


    I get what she’s saying and she actually does look like someone who eats real food. That being said, people who think that the idea of skinny people eating a lot and not gaining weight is a myth really need to get out more. Seriously. Some people really do have crazy metabolism–I know a few.
    Also, if a model eats three pieces of pizza a day and nothing else, she’ll still be rail-thin. As we’ve said a million times around here, in terms of maintaining a certain weight, it’s less about what you’re eating and more about how many calories you’re taking in.

    • qwerty says:

      Your first paragraph contradicts the second one.

      • Kitten says:

        How so? In my first paragraph I say that there are people who can eat whatever they want and not gain weight. In my second paragraph I said that for most of us, maintaining or losing weight is a numbers game.

        Where is the contradiction?

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah, some people are really really really lucky.

    • Rachel says:

      That dog looks completely blissed out in that pic.

    • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

      Yea, I’ve known two girls like that in HS.

      One was vegetarian, but had to go back to eating meat because she was losing too much weight/not able to stay at a stable weight. And she wasn’t an athlete or anything like that–she was a writer/artist….so she wasn’t super active or anything like that.

      The other has been the same size and height since we were like in 8th grade. She is stick thin, her legs/thighs are slightly larger than her arms, and she’s knobby……she eats. She doesn’t pig out, but she eats stuff that’s unhealthy for her i.e. soda, chips, etc. But she looks exactly the same as she did when she was 13/14.

    • Jwoolman says:

      Yes, I could eat a whole pizza in a day – just not much else! Pizza is good food, though. Half a large 4-veggie topping Domino’s pizza would provide my protein requirement for the day (I like black and green olives, mushrooms, and onions…). Split into 4 eating sessions 2 or 3 hours apart, it even would be a reasonable amount of fat per meal for digestion. The stats are similar for good frozen pizzas, usually for a whole 12″ pizza more or less depending on the brand. You can see I’ve done the pizza math. I keep to one slice at a time these days but have no qualms about eating another one or two later in the day if I want. Just not every day. Or even every week. There is so much other food to eat (never would have believed that when I was younger).

  12. Nancy says:

    She’s cute but really overdoes the tweeting and ig’ing. To me the best thing about Chrissy is John. He is so understated and doesn’t seem to cover the limelight as she does. His voice says it all.

  13. shewolf says:

    Hahahaha! Every woman who wants kids always says “I want four kids” until they actually have one or two kids. Then the reality of four kids suddenly sinks in. I’m guessing 2 max. for this one.

    • Beezers says:

      She’ll probably have several nannies, and a nurse to begin with. She won’t be woken up three times per night to feed the kid and then have to work all the next day exhausted from lack of sleep.

  14. Thinker says:

    The fertility comment is ridiculous. Like she’s trying to say its bad to be that couple who figures out how reproduction works. There are really only 1-3 days per cycle when a woman CAN conceive. If you’re skipping sexy times for a whole week, during your window, guess what?? You don’t have a fertility struggle, you just haven’t been smart enough to figure out how a baby is made.

    My takeaway from that is that she is saying she did IVF because it was easier to schedule a bunch of doctors appointments than to figure out her own body’s rhythm. Weird.

    • Betsy says:

      That’s kind of what I was wondering, but I have never seriously struggled with infertility. Presumably, the REs ask questions and do tests prior to putting someone’s body through all those shots and ultrasounds and egg retrieval. So maybe just lies for the public?

    • Wren says:

      I thought so too! It’s not that hard to track, really. It takes a few cycles to get the hang of it but patterns emerge and you can base your activity on them. The funny thing is that what they tell you your cycles should be can waaaaay off. Ovulation isn’t a clockwork thing and can vary quite a bit cycle to cycle.

      Obviously we don’t really know what all they did but the way she worded it was weird.

      • Micki says:

        That’s why I used to “book” the whole “possible” week in my husband’s calendar.
        At the end of it he was going on all 4 to his Office. But it worked.

    • Wilma says:

      No, I think calculating your window of fertility and having sex based on that is not for everyone. My sister is a type a person and it drove her absolutely up the wall when she and her husband couldn’t conceive, they almost divorced over this.

    • paleokifaru says:

      I think it depends on how long they were trying too. I believe I read somewhere 5 years? If you’re having sex without protection for that long and not conceiving then yeah there’s probably an issue even if you’re not “scheduling” all the time. I know because at the one year mark we were told we were considered infertile even though we knew for sure we had some months in there that there was no chance because one of us had been traveling during our window. And it does get really rough to keep that scheduling up. We finally got pregnant and then miscarried recently and besides the devastation of the loss I was also sobbing because I just didn’t want to have to get back in that head space of scheduling and waiting. It can be excruciating.

  15. Micki says:

    I do actually believe that there are SOME models, who don’t have to watch everything they put in their mouths. I have one gf with abs. crazy methabolism. She eats everything and a lot (twice a day) and is size XS and is not able to put on however she tries ( I want this problem!)
    But in general I side-eye every model, that claims to overindulge on pizza, fries,pasta or…(add vice). Having one piece of pizza a day is not indulgence, it’s keeping the motor going.
    I swear that Elisabeth Hurley indulges on raisins. She said in an interview that her supper is a handfull of them.

  16. Birdix says:

    I’m not sure having Dupont blazing over her unborn baby was the best choice, given that company’s history.

  17. Kellyrae says:

    I’m surprised her fertility doctor didn’t recommend scheduling sex before going ahead with fertility treatments.

  18. NeoCleo says:

    Models can say “I love to eat pizza” all they want. It’s probably true. Doesn’t mean they actually do it.

  19. bohemianmartini says:

    Shit. It’s 7:21 a.m. and all I want is a pizza. With pepperoni, sausage, and Bacon. With a side of ranch and jalapenos.

    I completely get what she said about not wanting to be the couple that schedules sex (thermometers and all that). Hubs and I felt the exact same way. But we sure as hell would have before trying IVF.

    • mp says:

      Maybe I don’t understand their lifestyle since they are famous and travel and all of that…but how are they that young and good looking and go a week without bonking?

  20. kri says:

    DOGS! Oh, man. That pic of that Frenchie John’s got his arm around”Yeah, I’m John Legend’s couch mate-smell my farts”! What a face! Oh, yeah, this post “Pizza Blah, Blah, Cooking, blah, blah.” MOAR DOGS

  21. I Choose Me says:

    Those Frenchies are so adorable.

  22. Lina says:

    She is pretty useless, isn’t she? A social media celeb. She was never a real or serious model. She made a smart chouce in spouse and now she is someone.


    And models may enjoy eating carbs, it doesn’t mean that they get to do the actual thing. Why is she hating on them?

  23. Marianne says:

    I sort of get that there probably are models who do over exaggerate the whole “indulge” thing, or the “I never work out thing”. Theres so much controversy over that whole business. We here stories about bulimia, anorexia (etc) that there is probably a defensiveness that comes with it. Like “No really, Im good in shape. No really, I love eating”, even if they are completely healthy.

  24. TessD says:

    I’m calling HER out on her BS – I worked as a model and neither I nor any other model I knew ate pizza. And most of us had good genes and were naturally skinny.
    Let me tell you the biggest (non) secret out there: you don’t stay thin by staying active, you stay thin by eating very little.

    • Mandy says:

      Yup. One piece of pizza would account for half or more of my calorie intake for the day. “Indulge” does not mean the same thing to dieters/people with eating disorders. For me, more than 1 cup of Special K is an “indulgence.” :/

    • TwistBarbie says:

      I worked as a model as well and not only did I eat pizza, I’d eat a whole medium in one sitting. None of the girls I was friendly with dieted really. Of course, we were young. Now that I’m in my 30’s my metabolism has slowed down.

  25. VC says:

    She’s adorable! She has her head screwed on straighter than lots of famous 20-somethings. Her recipes look good, too!

  26. Chrissy says:

    I ordered her cookbook from Amazon and when it came to my office I took a picture of it and posted it on Instagram. I tagged her in it. SHE LIKED THE PHOTO! How cool is that?

    PS – the cookbook is AMAZING – awesome, easy, delicious recipes and it’s written in a really witty and clever manner – great way to spend $18.

  27. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I did not recognize her on the cover.
    Now to the important part, I want pizza !! And Ive just eaten a decent amount of carbs dairy veggies. And chocolate.

  28. me says:

    She’s good friends with Kim Kardashian, that says enough about her to me. No thanks lol. Just wait until her baby is born. It will be endless pics just like Coco does. My baby is a real life doll ! Ughhh.

  29. A.Key says:

    Well they all LOVE pizza but they don’t actually EAT it. Therein lies the difference.