Chrissy Teigen Called Out a Racist Paparazzi and Handled It Perfectly

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Chrissy Teigen may have arrived in the public consciousness as a model, notably gracing the cover of the famed swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated in 2010, but nowadays she’s pretty much everywhere. Outside of modeling, Teigen can be regularly seen hosting the popular Spike TV program Lip Sync Battle (with her co-host LL Cool J), popping up in acting roles in hit comedies like Inside Amy Schumer and The Mindy Project, and cooking on one of her Cooking Channel specials or in the form of her New York Times bestselling cookbook Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat. In fact, if you’re one of the few people who hasn’t taken a look at Teigen’s cookbook, follow this link to an article featuring some of her best recipes, including her Fried Chicken Wings with Spicy Honey Butter and Zucchini “Lasagna” Bolognese.

Teigen is also known for being refreshingly candid about her personal life, including her marriage to talented musician John Legend. She clearly prides herself on having a no-BS attitude when it comes to her lifestyle, and she’s become a major presence on social media, especially on Instagram and Twitter. In fact, she and her husband are often seen interacting on each other’s social media pages). Aside from humorously documenting the ins and outs of her glamorous day-to-day experiences, she uses her platform as a means to shut up haters, defend fellow parents, and promote body positivity. Sometimes she does all of these things at once, like when she fired back at Forever 21 on Twitter for firing for being “fat.”

Through it all, Teigen just tries to be herself, something perhaps best exemplified by her attitudes towards food in this snippet from her cookbook:

If you’re expecting a model to write a cookbook full of diet recipes for you to perfect your bikini bod, I think you’ll be a little surprised here. These are recipes we love to indulge in with family and friends. Some more hearty than others, some even more hearty than the hearty ones. But every single recipe is something we love. Look, I don’t want to be one of those dead-inside laughing-with-a-salad chicks, and I don’t want to seem like one of those annoying, “I can eat anything I want anytime” chicks. It’s just that I wanted to be honest in this book about the kinds of food I love, the kinds of food I crave. I just have to find ways to make those cravings work with my day job (e.g., sometimes with a well-timed “f*ck it”).

So why do people like Piers Morgan take to Twitter to mess with the unflappable Chrissy Teigen? Beats me. But here we are again with another story where Chrissy shuts down some fools and their racist nonsense. It all started when her and her husband embarked on flight from LA to New York. Chrissy made some choice tweets about airline food and alerted her followers to the food truck situation at LAX.

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After they landed in JFK, however, they were greeted by paparazzi. One particularly rude dude harassed Teigen with some bizarrely racist comments.

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Her tweet reads: “Paparazzi at JFK just asked me ‘if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?’” This question apparently came out of nowhere as she had been politely answering cooking questions. And to top it all off, her husband was standing right next to her the entire time.

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And that’s not the only provocation the paparazzi served Teigen. Another tweet mentions that he went from, “what’s an easy recipe to make at home” to “if a Jew were a vampire, would he still be afraid of crosses?”

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Fans responded, of course, in solidarity, with more than a few suggesting that this was just a cheap move to get an outburst out of the famous polymath.

Of course, one fan even went as far as to suggest that Chrissy fight back, but Teigen understands that there’s no glory in giving the paparazzi what they want. She’s not stooping to their level for such a fake “story” with the accompanying photo.

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Instead of playing into cheap shock tactics, she’s going to just keep on living her life—fabulously, of course.

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