March 29, 2017


Future Women's History Month: Chrissy Teigen's Spitfire Tenacity

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Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. Today we are honoring Chrissy Teigen, whose unapologetic and carefree attitude inspires others to be there honest and kooky selves. Because in the end, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks!

We were first introduced to Teigen when she made her debut on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010, which kicked off a successful modeling career. Since then, the Utah native has expanded her brand as a Hollywood personality, co-hosting with LL Cool J on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle, a stint on the FABLife talk show and a cook. The multi-faceted Teigen released her first cookbook Cravings in February 2016, which later became a New York Times bestseller.

In the midst of building her brand, Teigen quickly became known for her sharp, witty and no-holds-barred sense of humor that was mainly found on Twitter. She expertly shuts down trolls and bullies online, while also defending her close celebrity friends. After Kim Kardashian received online hate following the Paris assaultTeigen called out the double standards of fame. "Fame is interesting. Celebs are supposed to love you guys while also knowing you'd make a meme of our dead bodies to get retweets," she tweeted. "I dunno. It's hard to explain because everyone thinks money and fame is pure awesome, so it just sounds whiny. I get it, trust me. Go off."

A few days later, Teigen made her Twitter temporarily private once her mentions got out of control when discussing fame and the Kardashian incident. When questioned why she made her account private, she wrote, "Not strong enough anymore. It's not haters or trolls or generally mean people. I just feel like I am absorbing bad shit 24/7. My body and mind cannot handle it anymore." Celebrities are expected to keep themselves open and accessible to fans, while still somehow ignoring all hateful comments they never asked for. While the private account didn't last, it was a clear and humanizing message.

But one of Teigen's most shining and vulnerable moments was when she decided to open up about struggling with postpartum depression. She wrote an essay for Glamour magazine, detailing her experience after giving birth to daughter Luna last April:

I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: “Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.” When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tiptoe outside. I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it raining? How would I know—I had every shade closed. Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.

Teigen also discussed having to go to the hospital to be treated for painful aches she felt in the bones of her lower back, shoulders and wrists. "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 stated. "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."

It's not easy for any woman to be this honest about an issue so personal. But Teigen's constant bravery, whether it be about being a mother, expertly slamming rumors involving her husband or ripping Donald Trump and Piers Morgan a new one, solidifies her place in the future of women's history.

We're celebrating Future Women's History all month long! Tune in to Fuse and come back to every day for profiles, videos and more. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder. Next, throw it back to 2013 when Chrissy was the host of Fuse's Top 100 Sexiest Videos: