Chrissy Teigen Shares Her ‘Terrible, Scary Experience’ With Racism

Chrissy Teigen seems to have it all going on with her stunning looks, successful career, music star husband, two adorable children, and a third child on the way. Teigen and John Legend revealed they were expecting again in Legend’s recent “Wild” music video, and Teigen confirmed it in an Instagram story in August.

On top of the ups and downs of stardom, the couple has faced some terrible life situations. Teigen has always been open about discussing her struggles and traumatic experiences. She recently opened up about a “terrible, scary experience” concerning racism from over a decade ago that Teigen understands could still happen today. 

Chrissy Teigen’s success

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Teigen’s rise to success has not always been an easy journey. The former supermodel did not get every modeling gig throughout her career.

Besides being famous as a Sports Illustrated model, Teigen has made appearances on several TV shows. She co-hosts Lip Sync Battle and is a judge on the comedy competition, Bring the Funny. 

If a successful career in modeling and starring on hit TV shows does not keep Teigen busy enough, she also runs two companies. Her lifestyle brand, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, represents her culinary passion with cookware and includes her two best-selling cookbooks. 

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The second Teigen-run company is a production company called Suit & Thai Productions, which recently received a deal with Hulu for an upcoming show and has produced the Quibi series Chrissy’s Court.

The former supermodel definitely has a full plate that will only become fuller with her growing family. She places high importance on spending time with her family, but don’t expect her career to slow down as she continues to prove she has more than just her drop-dead gorgeous looks going for her. 

Traumatic experience with racism 

Teigen understands firsthand that being famous does not make you immune to racism. She recently opened up about a traumatic incident she and Legend experienced in 2010 while in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Teigen told of how she and Legend were followed and tormented by two white men.

She told Marie Claire: “We were in a nicer neighborhood at night, driving slowly, looking for John’s godmother’s home. These two guys were in a pickup truck slowly tailing us, flashing their lights and trying to speak to us. When we pulled over, they were like, ‘What are you guys looking for?'”

She said, after giving them the street address the guys told them “Get your asses out of here!” and followed them to the driveway. Teigen recalls the incident as a “terrible, scary experience.”

Through tears, she said it was her “first taste of seeing what happens to Black men every day. It was horrifying and could have gone wrong so quickly.” Teigen recalled being upset for hours afterward, and noticing Legend was not emotional about the situation realized that it was because “he obviously had experienced it before.”

This was even more upsetting to Teigen and made her understand that racism does not care about your status level or fame. Her candidness is a powerful anecdote that spotlights has system racism is in the United States for Black people.

Teaching their kids about racism

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While being born into a famous family gives the kids a certain social status and wealth, Teigen and Legend are still concerned for their kids facing traumatic experiences because of the color of their skin. Teigen and Legend will be a front when their kids ask about why they are being treated differently because of their skin color.

She also told Marie Claire that they are teaching their kids about racism by “[trying] to talk to them like little adults, saying it in words they’ll understand, making it known that it’s very serious, and letting them ask as many questions as they need.”