What kind of swimsuit model earns the adoration and respect of millennial women? The kind who instagrams her stretch marks, eats like she likes to, and pokes fun of herself without a whiff of self-disparage. Chrissy Teigen has built her celebrity on her willingness to let us in on the red-carpet glamour and real-world mess alike.
When Teigen open up in 2015 about her struggle to conceive, she struck a cord with women who came to identify with her as a real person with flaws and dreams like themselves. "I will say, just two years into being married, the questions just come from all over," she said on the daytime show FABLife about her plans to have children with her husband John Legend. "It's kind of crazy, because I can't imagine being that nosy to be like, 'So, when are the kids coming?' Because who knows what somebody's going through? Who knows if somebody's struggling to have children? Anytime somebody asks me if I'm gonna have kids, I'm like, 'One day, you're gonna ask that to the wrong girl who is really struggling, and it's gonna be really hurtful to them.'"
Teigen, then 29, had been struggling. "We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened, but my gosh, it's been a process," said the model, who at the time had seen fertility doctors to get help. "People think it happens so easily, but the stars really have to align to have a baby, and it is a little miracle. So when it happens...we will be so happy."