Christine Diane Teigen (born November 30, 1985) is an American model, television personality, author, and entrepreneur. She made her professional modeling debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and later appeared on the 50th anniversary cover alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge in 2014. She formerly appeared as a panelist on the syndicated daytime talk show FABLife (2015–2016). She co-hosts the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle (2015–present) with LL Cool J and serves as a judge on the comedy competition series Bring the Funny (2019–present). Teigen has also authored two cookbooks.
Teigen is represented worldwide by IMG Models in New York. She was a briefcase model on the game show Deal or No Deal during its pilot and first season. In July 2007, she appeared on the cover of Maxim's calendar. Her campaigns include Gillette Venus, Olay, Nike, Skullcandy headphones, Gap Factory, XOXO, UGG Australia, Rock and Republic, Beach Bunny Swimwear (for whom she was also a fashion week correspondent), and Nine West Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. She has also served as a recurring guest host and contributor on E!, TMZ, MTV, FUSE/MSG, and Extra with Mario Lopez, and has appeared on America's Next Top Model and Watch What Happens Live.
Teigen 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. In 2014, she appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge. In addition to Sports Illustrated, Teigen has appeared on the cover of magazines such as Ocean Drive, Cosmopolitan, and in editorials for Italian Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, and Galore. Other side projects include designing a capsule collection with swimwear designer DiNeila Brazil, which debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami in the summer of 2011, and appearing as a featured character in the 2011 Electronic Arts video game Need For Speed: The Run. In 2011, Teigen filmed a Cooking Channel special titled Cookies and Cocktails.
Teigen became engaged to singer John Legend in December 2011, after four years of dating. The two 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.
Two years later, she 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. In January 2015, Teigen guest starred on the sitcom The Mindy Project as the girlfriend of the man who took the main character's virginity. In April, she became a co-host of the musical competition series Lip Sync Battle alongside LL Cool J. Teigen co-hosted the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with Ludacris. From September 2015 until June 2016, she was a food stylist and panelist on Tyra Banks's syndicated daytime talk show, FABLife.
Teigen made donations to nonprofit organization Planned Parenthood in 2015 following the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting and again in 2017. She and her husband donated $25,000 to March for Our Lives, a rally against gun violence, in 2018. A supporter of immigrants' rights, she delivered a speech at a Families Belong Together event in Los Angeles that same year. In May 2020, Teigen donated $200,000 to various bail and legal defense funds to aid activists arrested during protests in response the killing of George Floyd.
In February 2016, Teigen 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, she released a clothing line in collaboration with fashion company Revolve. In September 2018, Teigen released her second book, titled Cravings: Hungry For More, also known as Cravings 2. Simultaneously, she released a line of cookware through Target. The following year, Teigen appeared as a judge for the comedy competition series Bring the Funny. In November, Teigen launched a cooking website, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, which features recipes, 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.
Teigen and Legend have two children: a daughter, Luna, born in April 2016, and a son, Miles, born in May 2018. The couple announced in August 2020 that they are expecting a third child.
Teigen is a vocal critic of U.S. President Donald Trump. In June 2018, she donated $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit organization, to commemorate Trump's 72nd birthday. Teigen and her husband endorsed Elizabeth Warren during the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. The two endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.