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Teigen in 2019
Christine Diane Teigen

(1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 38)
  • Model
  • television personality
  • executive producer
  • author
Years active 2006–present
(m. 2013)
Children 4
Modeling information
Agency IMG Models (Worldwide)

Christine Diane Teigen (born November 30, 1985) is an American model and television personality. She made her professional modeling debut in 2010. She formerly appeared as a panelist on the syndicated daytime talk show FABLife (2015–2016). She co-hosted the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle (2015–2019) with LL Cool J and was a judge on the comedy competition series Bring the Funny (2019). Teigen has also authored three cookbooks.

Early life

Christine Diane Teigen was born on November 30, 1985, in Delta, Utah. Her mother, Vilailuck, is from Thailand, while her father, Ron, is an American of Norwegian descent. Her surname is usually pronounced despite this, she stated that she prefers the pronunciation. After she was born, she and her family relocated to Snohomish, Washington, where her parents ran a tavern.

When Teigen was 15, her father relocated them to Huntington Beach, California, after her mother returned to Thailand. During this time, she worked at a surf shop, where she landed a modeling campaign with clothing company Billabong through the shop's clients, and was discovered by a photographer. In her early modeling career, Teigen lived in Miami, Florida, "for four years, six months out of the year".


Teigen was a briefcase model on the game show Deal or No Deal during the pilot and first season. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2010, and was named "Rookie of the Year". Her friend and fellow model Brooklyn Decker had introduced her to the people at Sports Illustrated to cast her. The following year, she designed and debuted a capsule collection with swimwear designer DiNeila Brazil at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami as well as appeared as a featured character in the 2011 Electronic Arts video game Need For Speed: The Run. She also filmed a Cooking Channel special titled Cookies and Cocktails.

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Teigen at the premiere of the film Battleship in Sydney in 2012

Two years later, Teigen was the host of the competition series Model Employee on VH1. She was also featured on another Cooking Channel special, titled Chrissy Teigen's Hungry, detailing her wedding menu tasting with then-fiancé, John Legend. In October 2013, she appeared in Legend's music video for the song "All of Me", which also features footage from their wedding. In April 2014, Teigen played a fictionalized version of herself as a relationship counselor in an Inside Amy Schumer sketch. That same year, she appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge. In January 2015, Teigen guest starred on the sitcom The Mindy Project. In April, she became a co-host of the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle alongside LL Cool J. She co-hosted the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with Ludacris.

From September 2015 until June 2016, Teigen was a food stylist and panelist on Tyra Banks's syndicated daytime talk show, FABLife. In February 2016, she published a book titled Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller and the second-best selling cookbook of the year. The following year, Teigen released a clothing line in collaboration with the fashion company Revolve. In September 2018, she released her second book, titled Cravings: Hungry For More. Simultaneously, she released a line of cookware through Target. In 2019, she was included on Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The following year, Teigen appeared as a judge for the comedy competition series Bring the Funny. In November, she launched a cooking website, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, which features recipes as well as restaurant and entertaining tips. Chrissy's Court, a courtroom-style series starring Teigen, debuted in April 2020 on Quibi. Teigen also serves as executive producer for the series. The series survived the platform's demise later that year, moving to The Roku Channel in May 2021 and premiering its second season in June 2022. It was the platform's most watched unscripted premiere ever. The third season is scheduled to premiere on October 21, 2022.

As of May 2021, Target had stopped carrying her cookware line, which a company spokesperson said was a "mutual decision".

Political views and activism

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Teigen at a Families Belong Together event in 2019

Teigen identifies herself as a feminist and intends raising her children as such. A supporter of immigrants' rights, Teigen delivered a speech at a Families Belong Together event in Los Angeles that same year. In May 2020, she donated $200,000 to bail and legal defense funds to aid activists arrested during protests in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Personal life

Teigen became engaged to singer John Legend in December 2011, after four years of dating. The couple first met while filming his 2006 music video for the song "Stereo", in which she played his love interest. They married in September 2013, celebrating their wedding on September 14 in Como, Italy. Legend's song "All of Me" was dedicated to her. They reside in Beverly Hills, California.

Teigen and Legend have four children.


Film and television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Deal or No Deal Briefcase model Season 2, Episode 52
2011 Cookies & Cocktails Herself Cooking Channel program
2012, 2015 America's Next Top Model Herself / Challenge judge 2 episodes
2013 Model Employee Herself / Host 8 episodes
2013, 2014 The View Herself / Guest co-host 2 episodes
2014 Wild 'n Out Herself Episode: "Chrissy Teigen/PWD"
Inside Amy Schumer Episode: "Boner Doctor"
Snack Off Herself / Judge 18 episodes
Ridiculousness Herself 1 episode
The Getaway
2015–2016 FABLife Herself / co-host 179 episodes
2015–2019 Lip Sync Battle Color commentator
2015 The Mindy Project Grace Episode: "San Francisco Bae"
2016 The Toycracker: A Mini-Musical Spectacular Nutcracker Television film
Top Chef Herself 1 episode
2017 Double Dutchess: Seeing Double Segment "M.I.L.F. $"
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14, episode 4
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Crystal the Invisible Woman Voice
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy Herself Christmas special
2019 The Voice Episode: "The Blind Auditions Premiere, Night 1"
Celebrity Family Feud Episode: "Chrissy Teigen & John Legend vs. Vanderpump Rules"
Bring the Funny Judge
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2020–present Chrissy's Court Also executive producer
2020 Ellen's Game of Games Episode: "Stink Tank"
The Simpsons Voice; Episode: "The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson"
2021 Mr. Mayor Episode: "Brentwood Trash"
The Mitchells vs. the Machines Hailey Posey Voice
2022 Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist Executive producer
StoryBots: Answer Time Ms. Mushroom Episode: "Taste"
2023 Mulligan Lucy Suwan Voice; 10 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes Ref.
2007 "Stereo" John Legend
2013 "All of Me"
2016 "Love Me Now"
"M.I.L.F.$" Fergie
2019 "Preach" John Legend
2020 "Wild"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Need for Speed: The Run Nikki Blake Voice

See also

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