Chrissy Teigen’s Mom Pepper Thai Is Just as Cool as the Famous Supermodel

Chrissy Teigen rose to fame as a model in the 2000s, though these days she is known as a TV host and fun presence on social media. It’s no secret that throughout the years, she has attracted a lot of fans for her bright and candidly hilarious personality.

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However, you might be surprised to find out that Teigen is not the only person like this in her family. In fact, her mother is a fun-loving spirit as well and some fans might even say that Teigen’s mother is even cooler than the supermodel herself.

Who is Chrissy Teigen’s mom?

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Teigen’s mother, Vilailuck “Pepper Thai” Teigen, is from Thailand. She is still married to Teigen’s father: Ron Teigen. Not much is known about when Pepper Thai immigrated to the United States, but she became a U.S. citizen in 2018. Many fans found out about this event when Chrissy Teigen posted a video of her mother reciting the Pledge of Allegiance while holding Luna. John Legend also shared that Pepper Thai got a perfect score on her citizenship test.

Pepper Thai lives with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Teigen is very close with her mom and part of this is because Pepper Thai lives with Teigen and Legend in their $14-million home in Beverly Hills. Having her mother around has allowed Teigen to be able to accomplish more in her career and the supermodel isn’t afraid to admit it.

She once shared in an interview with Yahoo! Style: “My mom lives with us. I have hair and makeup people. I’m not getting up and doing all this by myself… A lot of hands go into it. We have help. It’s important for people to know that. I have the utmost respect for mothers and single mothers who go to work and come home and make dinner. I do all these things because I have help.”

Pepper Thai is a doting grandmother to her grandchildren

Pepper Thai also helps Teigen and Legend out by taking care of the couple’s two children: Luna and Miles. Teigen told Popsugar last year that her mother is “the most incredible grandma.”

“Luna is so close with her,” Teigen added. “‘Yāy’ means grandmother in Thai, so she goes ‘Yāy!’ all day long, and it’s just fun because my mom is a kid at heart. She just has so much energy, and I just lug myself at this point.”

Additionally, Pepper Thai also takes care of the canines that they have at home.

Pepper Thai is a social media star

When she’s not busy being a mother and grandmother, Pepper Thai also seems to enjoy connecting with fans on the internet. Like Teigen, Pepper Thai is a star on social media.

She has her own Instagram account and enjoys posting pictures of her grandchildren as well as her experiences traveling to different places with her famous daughter and son-in-law.

Pepper Thai sometimes makes fans smile with her jokes, such as that one time she posted a picture of herself wearing the same dress as Teigen.

Pepper Thai is also a foodie like her daughter

It’s no secret that Teigen loves food: She has released two best-selling cookbooks and even has her own cookware line at Target. Her mother loves food as well, so we think we know where Teigen gets her cooking genes.

In an interview with Taste, Pepper Thai revealed that she eats a lot of spicy food and that is actually how she got her nickname. In fact, she often tries to get other people in and around their family to become spicy-food lovers.

“I just trained everybody—the housekeeper, the security around our house,” Pepper Thai revealed. “Before that, nobody could take the heat, but now they do very good. John can eat as hot as I can.”