Chrissy Teigen may have gotten her start as a model, appearing on the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated and looking amazing in a swimsuit, but nowadays, she's known for something else entirely. Sure, she still does partnerships with brands and the occasional photo shoot, but she's focused on one thing: food.
While she was a model, Teigen was always known for being a bit of a foodie. Obviously, she couldn't indulge 24/7 and still maintain her model physique, but she did try her fair share of dishes and really enjoyed being in the kitchen. So, she gradually started to shift her focus from modeling to the culinary world, and her efforts have been met with a lot of positivity.
Many were skeptical about just how much she really knew about food and figured any cookbook she released would be a bit of a vanity project. However, when Cravings hit shelves, people were impressed by the decadent recipes she put together—including a healthy dose of Thai cuisine, courtesy of her mother's influence. She followed her cookbook up with partnerships with Target and launching kitchenware, and her career shows no signs of stopping. Yes, she looks amazing in photoshoots—but the girl can really cook!
People also are utterly obsessed with her social media presence—she's fun, she's down to earth, and she's absolutely hilarious. To be honest, we're crossing our fingers that she decides to do a cooking show at some point because we'd love nothing more than 30 minutes to an hour of Chrissy on our screens every week.
Here are 20 things you may not have known about model turned cookbook queen Chrissy Teigen.
20 She Got Her Start As A Model On Deal Or No Deal
Most models and actresses have to book a few less-than-glamorous gigs before they end up making it big, and Teigen is no different. Before she was traveling to exotic tropical destinations to pose on white sand beaches in swimwear, she was one of the many girls opening briefcases on the game show Deal or No Deal. It's tough to find a clear picture of Chrissy way back then, but we imagine she looked absolutely amazing on stage—and she was probably the funniest of all the girls opening the briefcases. She just never takes herself too seriously, which is exactly what you need in that kind of situation.
19 She Collects Cookbooks And Takes Them On Planes For Reading Material
You obviously wouldn't try to write a cookbook without ever having read one, but that's not something Chrissy Teigen had to worry about when she set out to pen her first book—she was already a total cookbook obsessive! The foodie apparently has been collecting cookbooks for quite some time now and will even go as far as bringing them on the plane with her to read through on flights—tagging pages with the recipes she wants to try out. She's a foodie through and through, and we love that she's always on the hunt for culinary ideas and inspiration.
18 When She Married John Legend, She Rocked 3 Dresses
Chrissy Teigen looks good in just about anything, so it's not too surprising to hear that she had trouble picking a wedding dress. After all, how do you choose when every single one is amazing on you? Well, apparently, she didn't—she picked one dress that she thought would be the one, and then each time she went in for a fitting for the original dress, she ended up buying another one! In total, Teigen got three dresses to wear throughout the ceremony and the reception, all three outfits having very different looks and silhouettes. Hey, why not have fun with it? It's your special day!
17 Forever 21 Once Let Her Go From A Job (While She Was Already On Set In Make-Up)
Being a model certainly isn't easy—the pressure to be a particular size is overwhelming, and that 'ideal' size changes on a regular basis. No one knows this better than Chrissy Teigen. Back when she was just a young model starting out, she managed to book a shoot with Forever 21. She told DuJour all about what went down on set: "I showed up on set; they asked me if they could take a photo. And they shoot that photo off to my agency, who then calls me as I'm sitting in the makeup chair, and they say 'you need to leave right now; they just said you are fat and you need to come get your measurements taken." Yikes!
16 She's Not Afraid To Indulge In Fast Food
One of the things we love most about Chrissy Teigen is that even though she's a foodie who enjoys fine dining, she's not afraid to indulge in a little junk food from time to time either. She's showed glimpses of her less-than-clean diet on Instagram from time to time, and it never fails to thrill her followers. Obviously, she's not eating double cheeseburgers twice a day—that would be way over the top. However, she's not about to stop herself from getting Taco Bell once in a while if that's what she really wants. We just love her flexible approach to food and eating.
15 She Once Ate So Much Hot Sauce, She Had To See A Doctor
Okay, this is pretty much the most Chrissy Teigen thing we've ever heard. Teigen, like several other celebrities, appeared on the popular YouTube show Hot Ones from First We Feast. The premise of the show revolves around celebrities trying increasingly spicy wings as they answer questions. Teigen isn't afraid of a little heat and proved that on the show by sampling spicier and spicier wings. The next day, she tweeted a selfie saying, "I did Hot Ones yesterday. Now I'm at my throat doctor." Talk about committing to the heat! However, she did mention that her tongue had been raw from the very beginning because of how many Ruffles chips she had eaten the night before.
14 Despite Being On Lip Sync Battle, She Hasn't Mastered The Art Yet
Recently, Teigen stepped in front of a different kind of camera as a commentator on Lip Sync Battle, the popular show where celebrities strut their stuff on stage to musical hits. You might assume that she'd be a total expert lip-syncer by this point—but it turns out, that's not the case! Teigen told Nylon, "The show has asked me a few times [to lip sync], and I'm just terrified... you really have to enunciate. There's an art to it, and I can't do it." She's probably picked up some pointers along the way by watching so many performances, though!
13 She Likes Her Soup At A Certain Temperature - And Won't Eat It Otherwise
There aren't many foods that Teigen isn't willing to try—after all, she's a foodie who's always looking for inspiration! However, she does have a few culinary quirks, including the way she likes to eat her soup. While many people prefer to wait until their soup cools down a bit before eating it, to avoid burning their mouths, Teigen enjoys her soup at a specific temperature: "crazy hot," in her own words. We're not sure why she loves her soup so hot and if it's a temperature preference that extends to hot beverages as well, but hey—we all have our quirks!
12 She Worked In A Surf Shop When She Was 18
Teigen has a super chill, calm energy, which is why we weren't all that surprised to learn that she once worked at a surf shop—can you think of anyone chiller than surfers? Back when she was an 18-year-old living in Huntington Beach, she worked at a surf shop for a while. Unlike many models who get their start when they're just teenagers and are nearly retired by the time they hit their 20s, Teigen didn't achieve her modeling success until a little bit later. It just proves that good things come to those who wait! Now, the question is, how skilled is she on a surfboard?
11 She Never Dreamed Of Being A Model
There may be a handful of models who've known since they were young that they want to be in front of the camera and in the fashion industry, but most end up becoming models almost by accident—including Teigen. She told The Daily Beast, "I always wanted to be a teacher or wanted to do something with food. But modeling, I just never thought I could do it myself really, ever. I still have trouble calling myself a model. I just never thought I was tall enough or skinny enough." Obviously, the agencies disagreed, as she had quite a bit of success—particularly in the swimsuit world.
10 Her Second Cookbook Took A Totally Different Approach From Her First
Chrissy Teigen's first cookbook, Cravings, was a total hit, and she could've easily just published another book of similar, comforting, indulgent, somewhat complex recipes. However, she decided to switch things up significantly for her second book. As she told Women's Health, "Two kids in, you can't eat the way you used to. I changed, so the book had to change. With the first book, I wanted to get people out of the headspace of a 15-minute meal with less than five ingredients. Now, I identify more with the people who don't have time for that stuff" We can't wait to try all the recipes!
9 She Eats Late Because She Likes Going To Bed With A Full Stomach
There are many people who've once heard the rule that you shouldn't eat past a certain time, such as 7 or 8 pm, if you want to maintain a healthy physique. However, Chrissy Teigen isn't a rule follower—and she's willing to eat whenever is best for her! According to Teigen, if she doesn't go to bed with a full stomach while the television is on, she ends up having nightmares. So, though she knows it isn't the best habit to eat dinner super late, she usually does because that's what works best for her. With two kiddos to take care of, that may change a little bit in the years to come!
8 She Thinks Frozen Yogurt Is Overrated
Chrissy Teigen has strong opinions about food, period. She's not afraid to say what she thinks, and she's not afraid to diss a dish that many people are obsessed with—including froyo. During her 73 Questions interview, Teigen admitted that she considers froyo the most overrated food out there. And you know what? We kind of agree with her. While it's fun to choose your own toppings and it's certainly a healthier option than standard ice cream, many froyo spots have relatively uninspiring flavors and even less amazing toppings. We'd rather save our calories for one of her decadent desserts!
7 Her Favorite Country To Visit Is Italy
When asked what her favorite country to visit was in her 73 Questions interview, Teigen didn't have to think twice about it: Italy. And, we're not surprised that's her pick. First of all, it's where she got married to hubby John Legend, so the country probably holds a lot of personal memories for the couple. And second, Italy is known for its amazing food—we can only imagine how much pizza, pasta, and gelato Teigen manages to sample whenever she takes a trip there! People from Italy take food seriously, so we have a feeling Teigen is a bit of a kindred spirit with them.
6 Her Favorite Date-Night Activity Is Watching Real Housewives
Chrissy Teigen and hubby John Legend obviously have a great relationship—they seem to have a blast together at whatever event they attend and have no issue roasting each other on social media in the most hilarious possible fashion. And it turns out, they don't go crazy on date nights and dine only at the most expensive, exclusive restaurants. Though food probably plays a role in their date-night adventures, Teigen confessed that her favorite date-night activity was just watching Real Housewives. A date night in with some reality television and perhaps a few snacks? Sounds like paradise—we can see why she loves it!
5 She's A Believer In Aging Gracefully
Modeling is one of the few industries where it's very possible to simply age out of your job. Sure, some models work until they're a bit older, and more and more designers are willing to think outside the box on campaigns, but in general, it's a youthful industry. It must be tough to see the signs of aging when you've made your living in the modeling world for so long. However, Teigen isn't afraid of aging at all. She told Allure, "Why stop it? Some of the most incredible women are either people you can't tell have had anything done or that just let themselves age gracefully. Botox and fillers are so major these days, but it's a little scary to think of what we're all going to look like in 20 or 30 years."
4 She's Open To Having A Big Family
Chrissy Teigen was completely open and honest about the struggle she had conceiving, but after plenty of fertility treatments, she managed to conceive her daughter, Luna, and her new baby boy, Miles. Conception isn't something that's easy for her, but building a family was something she was passionate about, so she tried and tried until it happened. In an interview with People, she confessed that she's not quite sure how many children she wants in total, but that she really can't see herself regretting having "a ton of kids." So, who knows? Perhaps Miles and Luna will get a few more siblings in the years to come!
3 She Absolutely Dislikes Turkey
For many people, turkey is one of the best parts of any holiday, from Christmas to Thanksgiving. After all, it's one of the few times of year you bother to roast a full turkey with all the trimmings. However, Chrissy Teigen is here to challenge the idea that turkey should be the centerpiece of any holiday feast. As she tweeted back in 2014, "The best think turkey can be is 'not dry'... we need to replace turkey with ribs on Thanksgiving and all laugh at the days we pretended to like turkey for 2 hours." And when asked by InStyle about her tips on hosting a perfect Thanksgiving meal, she suggested making chicken rather than turkey. She's made her point pretty clear!
2 She Also, Surprisingly, Dislikes Nutella
There are many, many people out there who are absolutely addicted to Nutella. They love everything about the chocolatey, hazelnutty spread and make no apologies about eating it straight from the jar. However, Teigen expressed her thoughts on the decadent spread back in 2014 on Twitter with three simple words—and then went on to suggest a bunch of other foods that she felt were way better than the jarred spread. Nutella seems like something that would be right up her ally, so we have to admit, we were a little surprised to hear just how much she hated it! Everyone's taste buds are different, it seems.
1 She Eats An Entire Fish Almost Every Single Day
A while back, Chrissy Teigen was all over the internet thanks to one of her favorite meals getting some attention: a whole branzino fish. She admitted to Twitter that she has a garlic-covered, whole branzino, every single day—sometimes two a day. The internet went absolutely crazy, unable to believe that she'd really be consuming that much branzino. However, we totally get it—it's a great source of protein, it's perfect if you're looking for a lower-carb dinner option, it's packed with nutrients, and it's delicious! It certainly isn't cheap to eat a whole branzino a day, but for Teigen, it's the perfect dinner.