Chrissy Teigen shares so much of her life that you might think you know everything about her—but you’d be wrong.
In a new interview with Glamour UK, Teigen revealed for the first time that she got breast implants when she was younger. Teigen, of course, rose to fame as a swimsuit model, and that job can come with its own specific pressures about body image.“Yeah, I did my boobs when I was about 20 years old,” she said. “It was more for a swimsuit thing. I thought, if I’m going to be posing, laid on my back, I want them to be perky! But then you have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate and now I am screwed.”
In true Teigen fashion, she kept the conversation extremely real after the revelation. “Honestly, I kept them the same cup size. I just filled them out, so they are rounder and firmer,” she said. “I had a quarter ‘teardrop’ cup in the bottom and filled out the breast line. But I want them out now. If I could do one thing, it would be to have a lift. I think you’re supposed to replace [implants] every 10 years. But when you have kids you think about [the risks] of surgery and I think, ‘This is not the way I want to die, in boob surgery.’”
Teigen’s relationship with her weight and her body image has evolved, too, after having her two children, Luna and Miles, with husband, John Legend. “I used to weigh myself every morning, afternoon and night,” she told the magazine. “I knew what the scales would say after each meal. I did that for eight years and had this one weight I wanted to be at. That changed with Luna, and really changed with Miles, where it took me a year to be comfortable with my new normal number.”
As we said, this is far from the first time, Teigen has gotten extremely personal in an interview.s Back in 2017, she opened up to Glamour about her struggle with postpartum depression after giving birth to Luna in an emotional essay. “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny,” she wrote. “But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.”
“I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone,” she continued. “I also don’t want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression, because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that—for me—just merely being open about it helps.”
When Teigen was honored as a Glamour Women of the Year in 2018, it was due, in part, to her openness and authenticity—even when that means uncertainty. “I still don’t know my exact job title,” she told us. “I have no idea what is going to happen six months from now. I don’t know anything. But maybe that’s the way it works for a lot of people. And I’m OK with that.”
It’s so refreshing to hear someone as famous as Chrissy Teigen talk about issues so many women can relate to. We hope she never stops sharing whatever pieces of herself she’s comfortable with.