Chrissy Teigen is an exceptional model. She’s beautiful, memorable, and has a persona that somehow manages to capture alluring sensuality and girl-next-door innocence simultaneously. Because of the popularity and appeal that’s followed since the 2010 Sports Illustrated shoot that turned her into a star, people have been giving Chrissy Teigen jobs on television. Unfortunately, she has come across poorly in almost all of them.
The pinnacle of this was the Billboard Music Awards in 2015. Teigen hosted the show alongside Ludacris and spent the entire evening making gratuitous references to her husband, John Legend, in a self-conscious manner that suggested she had no personality outside of being attached to his. The evening started with her introducing herself in a way that denigrated her own achievements, with the phrase: “I bang a musician.” As the show moved along, things did not improve.
The following year, Teigen joined Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle as a “color commentator.” In actuality, she stayed almost entirely silent for the first season of the show, trapped in a DJ booth that she clearly wasn’t operating. Mostly she stood around, waved her arms in the air, laughed like she may or may not pee her pants, and mimed along in a manner that, frankly, distracted from the main event. Though Chrissy Teigen’s role on the show has since improved, at the start, she was left to her own devices and was, quite clearly, lost. Social media wondered aloud and repeatedly what she was even doing there.
Based on Teigen’s TV roles so far, it’s been easy to assume that she’s a person that desperately wants to be wacky and fun and self-deprecating, but doesn’t actually have the personality to pull it off. For a little while there, the woman we all desperately wanted to be more than a pretty face seemed very much like she might actually just be a pretty face.
That was until Teigen embraced Twitter with both thumbs and ran with it.
Sure, she’s always had her moments. In 2014, we got a flash of what was to come when Teigen tweeted this:
house hunting. found a great place but the street name has "anus" in it and i just can't deal with that the rest of my life.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 16, 2014
That same year produced this classic:
I like to send john nudes and say "sorry wrong person"
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 27, 2014
Since 2016 though, Chrissy Teigen has turned into one of the most entertaining celebrities on social media, thanks to her unfiltered observations, knack for defending fellow celebrities, clapping back at critics in a manner that can only be described as DGAF, and making herself vulnerable in the hopes of making other women feel less alone.
When the public pries into her and Legend’s fertility issues, she makes no effort to bite her tongue if the question is frustrating and/ or judgey. After Teigen revealed she was undergoing IVF treatment, this happened:
When people kept posting photos of babies that “look more like John Legend than John Legend looks like John Legend,” Teigen got bored really quickly and shut that noise down:
For the LAST TIME, JOHN looks like a baby so A LOT OF BABIES LOOK LIKE HIM STOP SENDING ME JOHN BABIES
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 4, 2017
A few months after Kanye West tweeted that his “biggest regret” was that he’d “never be able to see [him]self perform live,” Teigen seemed to be making fun, when she posted:
I am the best follow I know. I am jealous I'm not me and can't feel what it's like to follow me.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 24, 2016
In 2017, Teigen’s social media use is now so prolific that, if her Twitter account was a TV show, it would be worthy of at least a weekly hour-long spot. What’s more, nothing about it would be boring. To give you some idea of the entertainment value involved in the last two weeks alone, Teigen has gifted us the following:
1. A brief analysis of 1984 horror classic, Children of the Corn, that included this gem:
"aah aah aah aah aah aah aaaaahhhhh" – scary children of the corn song
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2017
2. A moment-by-moment reaction to a naked British dating show, which culminated in an incident involving room service and Teigen pretending to watch tennis:
I would die if I were the first person eliminated based strictly on genitals
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 10, 2017
3. The most succinct complaint about the constraints of motherhood ever:
4. Humorous takes on awkward situations:
my doctor was kind enough to give me his number and I'm gonna make him regret this pic.twitter.com/tdSzkYOH1K
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 10, 2017
5. Just your average, every day interactions with fellow Twitter users:
6. Political commentary/ Things most of the nation is thinking:
7. Excellently curated re-Tweets:
Well that got unexpectedly bleak pic.twitter.com/hO9WOmqHV3
— Neil Miles (@neilsmiles) September 6, 2017
8. And a surprisingly dark sense of humor:
Put this on my tombstone pic.twitter.com/rGuXrzFWaw
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 3, 2017
The days when Teigen and Legend team up online are particularly special. One day they got into it with Piers Morgan on Twitter, and the exchange looked like this:
I hope people don't make me sound too perfect when I die.
No coats of sugar please.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 5, 2016
.@piersmorgan you could test us by announcing your retirement.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 5, 2016
from what? trolling isn't a job (I've tried)
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 5, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 6, 2016
it keeps me nice and not-racist so sure, give it a go.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 6, 2016
While Teigen’s Cravings was the second best selling cookbook of 2016, Twitter remains the only form of media that has thus far been able to truly reflect her wit, smarts, and fiery personality. If someone could figure out a way to share that with the world, she’d finally have a TV format that worked for her.