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Woman Crush Month

Woman Crush Month – Chrissy Teigen

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer

Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.

By Emily Maag

My first draft of this (more or less) love letter to Chrissy Teigen started off very cute.

I kicked off with a cute anecdote about the first time I “met” Chrissy while watching the Grammys in the late 2000s. I was instantly completely enamored with her and her relationship with John Legend, and they became a highlight for me to look forward to during award season every year. My cute anecdotes and mindless, gushing ramblings continued as such.

But then Chrissy’s Glamour article about dealing with postpartum depression was published.

From a selfish standpoint, I had never been more grateful for my endless procrastination on buckling down and writing because her words made my words effortlessly flow. But on a much deeper level, I was grateful for what Chrissy shared and the conversation she started. I’m not a mom, nor do I truly ever really see myself becoming one, so there is a large part of me that cannot completely relate to her specific battle, but I do know what it’s like to deal with mental illness.

Ugh. What an ugly term, but it’s also an ugly beast to deal with. While mental illness is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone else, it was comforting to see someone I admire be upfront about something that is so hard to confront. Chrissy was apologetic about something she, nor anyone else, should have to apologize for, something that is so easy to feel unnecessarily guilty about.

And, of course, Chrissy did the entire thing in true Chrissy fashion. She was as open as ever, sharing personal tidbits about everything from the start of her relationship with John to postponing work on her second cookbook. Everything was done with the perfect balance of sincerity and humor, which feels like classic Chrissy. When Lin-Manuel Miranda was asked in an interview about his tweets being equally political and feel-good, he replied that “it’s important to eat your vegetables and…it’s important to eat your dessert.” With this logic, I feel like Chrissy is, metaphorically speaking, a carrot cake.

Yeah, okay, it’s ridiculous, I know, but it fits her. Chrissy is outspoken, whether about junk food, the terrifying man trying to lead our country, or the sea of internet trolls trying to tell her how to live her life. She always perfectly balances the serious with the funny, a light when things seem ridiculously dark.

Chrissy’s ability to always speak her mind is probably what I love most about her. I envy her ability to be so open and fearless, although we do both seem to be good at accidentally oversharing (I’m just more awkward about it). She doesn’t take garbage from anyone, and she’s unafraid to stand up for herself. However, there was a brief time when she knew she needed a break from everything being thrown at her and made her Twitter private.

While this was cool because it made me feel like I was one step being friends with someone I affectionately refer to as my mom, it was even cooler because it was a reminder that, sure, she may be a celebrity and an open book, she’s HUMAN first. One of my favorite things about her Glamour piece was her self-awareness about her life and how unrelatable many aspects of her life are. But the fact that she goes to the Grammys every year or gets paid to watch other celebrities lip sync don’t make so many other things about her relatable.

Chrissy is super open about her body. Sure, a lot of that comes with the territory of being a model, but she’s all about sharing the things magazines don’t always let or want us to see. The first thing I think about? Stretch marks.

Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!

A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Apr 12, 2015 at 9:09pm PDT

 

Something as simple as a picture of her thighs and showing off her stretch marks is refreshing (which is sad, but that’s a whole other story). It’s a reminder that while I may not love every little detail about my body, the things society tells me are wrong about it definitely aren’t wrong – they’re normal. It’s also wonderful to have someone tell me it’s okay to love things about myself that they actually deal with themselves.

Truly, that is what Chrissy boils down to for me – love. I love the amount of love she has in her life. She loves her amazing and adorable little family. She loves what she gets to do. She loves standing up to and for others, calling out the absolute ridiculous things people spew out (for example – a two-parter fave of mine from inauguration day). She loves her dogs. She loves good food. She loves herself. She just…loves.

So thank you, Chrissy, for always being someone who can cheer me up. Thank you for always being outspoken and honest. Thank you for being genuine.

Thank you for being the best carrot cake anyone could ever want – you’re a real slice.

She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.

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