Chrissy Teigen certainly thinks she’s a good mom, as she has made a mini-career out of posting about motherhood on social media. There are entire articles devoted just to her tweets and Instagram photos about her kids.
This being social media, however, Teigen gets quite a bit of pushback about her mothering. Many people would say that how someone parents their kids is nobody else’s business. Others would say that since she posts about them on social media, she’s fair game.
Teigen, who has two kids with musician John Legend, would counter that she posts about her kids on social media for very specific reasons, chief among them to help other moms.
Teigen opens up about touchy mom issues
When people think of motherhood, the first images might be of hearts and flowers and all kind of cuteness. As every mom can tell you, sometimes the dark side can outweigh the loving side. And that’s why Teigen feels compelled to speak out about her experiences, even if they’re not always pleasant, like her struggles with postpartum depression.
“Every morning when I look at myself in the mirror, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, how did it get here? My baby was, like, four pounds and I gained, like, 60 pounds, and that seems off!’ … But, you know, I think everyone’s body is just really different,” the Huffington Post quoted her as saying. “That’s why my posts of real mom s… , and wearing the diaper, and having that mesh thing, and real postpartum business? I think as important as it is for people to see me do that, it’s also really important for me.”
Such posts inevitably come with criticism about her body and many other issues, but Teigen said in the same interview, “I’m not blind: I see my body, I see the difference in shape, I see that I gained weight. But I also see with those same eyes that I have a beautiful baby boy, and this little girl that’s relentless and amazing, and I am very happy,” she said.
Teigen pushes back against critics
While Teigen does her best to be content with herself as a mom, she has also pushed back against the negative comments, especially if they characterize her as a bad mom. Some have even tweeted back about the female anatomy, promoting Teigen to respond “what in the.” Fill in your own profanity.
Teigen told Good Housekeeping that part of being a good mom is being comfortable with your body and teaching your kids to do the same.
“I think, in a way, we’ve forgotten what a regular body looks like. There are people out there who are struggling, and I’m struggling, and it’s okay to come to terms with realizing it’s going to be a bit of a journey.”
What’s Teigen’s own mom like?
Given that Teigen posts so much about her kids Luna and Miles, fans (and critics) might wonder what Teigen’s own mom is like. She’s Vilailuck Teigen, a Thailand native who recently became a US Citizen.
Teigen’s mom lives with her, although Teigen makes it known that both parents’ influence is felt. She said to Good Housekeeping, “I’m so much like my dad (Ron). My dad and I are emotional, and we can be stubborn, and we have this need for justice. I was very much a daddy’s girl when it came to food we’d cook together — meat; potatoes; heavy, hearty dishes. But I was always fascinated by things my [Thai] mom was cooking, so I have a good balance between both parents.”
Here’s one thing Teigen’s mom has in common with her daughter: She has her own Instagram account, with 193,000 followers.