There are three types of celebrities on social media: those who are good at it, those who aren’t, and Chrissy Teigen. While Teigen first became known for her modeling and TV-hosting work, these days she’s almost as famous for her jokes and social commentary on the internet. Most celebrities rely on PR teams to manage their tweets, snaps, and grams, but Teigen does it all herself — and she’s more hilarious, clever, and genuine than any hired gun.
Whether she’s teasing husband John Legend, trolling Donald Trump, or saying the things we all wish we could, her social media feeds are nonstop gold. It’s hard to choose favourites of her posts, but we’re going to try. Here are 12 times Chrissy Teigen was our online hero.
When she roasted her husband
Teigen and Legend clearly have the kind of marriage most people dream about, but Teigen’s sarcasm keeps things from getting too saccharine. As anyone who follows her knows, she loves making fun of Legend online, and it’s some of our favourite Chrissy content.
settle down, you're okay at it
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 31, 2016
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 30, 2014
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 28, 2017
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
When she showed her meme literacy
When the internet decided that Legend looked like cartoon character Arthur, Teigen — in typical fashion — didn’t disagree. Instead, she used the opportunity to bring the “Arthur clenching his fist” meme to a whole new level.
Just accept it, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are the best couple on the internet.
John Legend look like Arthur lowkey pic.twitter.com/bfeG3cYo4M
— Emily Sowah (@sowahblanket) February 20, 2017
John when you tell him he looks like Arthur pic.twitter.com/0NW3NDtAb1
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 21, 2017
When she became a meme herself
Back in 2015, when John Legend won a Golden Globe for “Glory,” Teigen had a teary and touching emotional reaction. But the screencap of her face that got passed around the Internet didn’t exactly capture the sentimentality of the moment moment. Instead, Teigen’s cringey expression became the representative for every awkward, collar-tugging moment any of us has ever had. And, as with most things, Teigen didn’t shy away from mentioning it on Twitter.
When you found out Luke and Leia were brother and sister after they kissed. pic.twitter.com/aUtmJKyUMW
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) January 12, 2015
Sorry I don't practice my cry face okay
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 12, 2015
When her pizza obsession got the best of her
While most models know it’s a good PR move to brag about how much you love eating pizza and hamburgers, Teigen’s tweets show all the signs of real fast-food obsession.
someone please tell me that the pizza with the garlic knot crust at pizza hut is gross because i've been thinking about it for 3 days now
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 20, 2016
I have come to realize that at some point in the day, I will order and consume a pizza so it might as well be in the morning
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2015
I don't want pizza. I mean, I do, but no.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 2, 2014
But she was also willing to speak the hard truth about Nutella
I mean, is it really that good?
nutella is shit
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 30, 2014
i have not been hacked i am just TIRED OF NUTELLA AND AM PROUD TO BE AMONG THE FIRST #NUTELLATRUTHERS
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 30, 2014
When she got the Backstreet Boys to explain their lyrics
Admit it, you’ve never understood the lyrics to the old BSB hit “I Want It That Way.” Despite the title, they spend the entire song imploring their girl not to say she wants it that way. What gives? When Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to express her confusion, it was a relatable moment, but no one expected the Backstreet Boys to answer. But so great is Teigen’s Twitter power that the blue-checkmarked account of the BSB felt it had to show up and explain itself.
“I never wanna hear you say, ‘I want it that way’ cause i want it that way”. He doesn’t wanna hear it because he is the one that wants it that way? He wants to be the one to say it? Also what is “it”?
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 1, 2018
So what are the lyrics trying to say? Well apparently, what the way the Boys actually want it is for you never to say “I want it that way.” It all makes perfect sense … maybe.
Don’t wanna hear you say that you want heartaches and mistakes… or to be 2 worlds apart. We don’t want you to want “it” that way – that’s the way we want it… for you to not want it that way. pic.twitter.com/z7YWFhH8t1
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) June 2, 2018
When she showed off her . . . dance moves?
We don’t even know.
When she “celebrated” Donald Trump’s birthday with donations to the ACLU
When Donald Trump celebrated his 72nd birthday earlier this month, Teigen threw herself into the occasion, in her own way. Teigen, who was been blocked by the president for criticizing him on Twitter, posted on Instagram that in honour of Trump’s birthday, she and each member of her family had donated $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has dedicated itself to waging legal battles against Trump’s anti-minority policies. She asked others to donate to the ACLU in multiples of 72, and quickly raised over $1,000,000.
When she got real about motherhood
While most swimsuit models try to hide all instances of bodily imperfection, including the changes imposed by giving birth, Teigen wants the world to know that having a child is primal, painful, and not cute.
I can confirm postpartum life is 90% better when you don't rip to your butthole. Baby boy: 1 point. Luna: 0
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 20, 2018
She’s also been outspoken about using IVF, andabout her struggles with post-partum depression, telling Glamour, “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.”
When she missed the Met Gala
Teigen gave the Met Gala a miss this year because she was just weeks away from giving birth, but she was definitely still there in spirit.
When her love of fun dip conflicted with her celebrity lifestyle
It hasn’t happened to all of us.
I ate fun dip with my fingers last night and I'm stained and Grammys are tomorrow. I've tried everything please help pic.twitter.com/Atr66KJcYo
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 11, 2017
Pretty much anything she happens to tweet, every day
Honestly, just follow her.
I was just forced to play badminton while sitting on the toilet, peeing. Kids are fun
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 16, 2018