Chrissy Teigen and John Legend made their appearance at the 2018 Emmys red carpet in LA, and it was all glitz and glam until the model and Lip Sync Battle host found trolls tweeting her way.
The mom-of-two, rocking a dark grey Zuhair Murad gown — which featured a high, cut-out neckline and a thigh-high split — had just welcomed her son, Miles Theodore, four months before the biggest evening in showbiz.
“I’m asking this with the utmost respectful, but is @chrissyteigen pregnant again?” he wrote, including a mind-blown emoji.
The queen of beautifully executed clap-backs hit him with a, “I just had a baby but thank you for being soooo respectful.”
One reporter asked her why she was “included in everything just because she’s married to John Legend.” Before signing offline for the night, she also tweeted: “man. you guys are brutal.”
As Teigen does, she carried on the evening with a smile and funny cracks at her own husband. She seemed to enjoy herself despite the trolls — something many other women are often forced to do to get through, too.
BabyCenter surveyed nearly 7,000 moms with babies a few days old to four years old and found that, for many, the post-baby bulge can be hard to lose. And it can take a toll on their self-confidence.
"For most people, the weight doesn't just melt off," writes Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's weight management program. "Even the celebrities who lose the weight within three months have to work out regularly – usually for extended amounts of time measured in hours, not minutes, which means getting outside help with the baby – and diet to do it. It's hard for pretty much everyone."
According to the survey, 61 percent of new moms thought they'd be back down to their pre-pregnancy weight by their baby's first birthday, but nearly 60 percent of moms of one- to two-year-olds were still carrying at least a few extra pounds. And it's not only weight — almost half of the moms said their breasts felt different, 37 percent said they had wider hips and 86 percent said their bellies still haven't returned to whatever normal meant for them. As a result, 64 percent of those moms confessed that their body image has gotten worse since having babies.
And the last thing anyone needs when they're feeling down on themselves — or, frankly, even when they're feeling great about themselves — is a snide comment from a stranger. Oh, and then be told or expected to smile all the time.
So, thanks, Teigen, for taking the time from hosting television shows, modeling, authoring cookbooks, mothering two kids and giving us much-needed comedic relief pretty much around the clock, to call out the crap.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.