Though she mainly works as a model and a mom, Chrissy Teigen is also famous for being everyone’s dream BFF and favorite Twitter user. Her celebrity has emerged from the bold nature of her personality and her constant sense of humor. As she hosts Lip Sync Battle and posts hilarious snaps on social media, Teigen only gains even more popularity with every magazine cover and candid award show grimace.
There is still plenty that the public doesn’t know about her, despite her tweets and Instagram posts. Check out 10 little-known fun facts about Chrissy Teigen.
1. She met her husband on the set of a music video.
Teigen met Legend on the set of his single, “Stereo” in 2007. Teigen jokes that while she was in a bikini, “he was in a full suit” and she was immediately impressed as he ironed his own clothes in his dressing room. They began dating casually, together for four years before her proposed.
2. She was a cheerleader in high school.
4. John’s proposal to her was almost ruined by airport security.
Though she admits that she had almost “given up hope” for an engagement ring after dating Legend for four years, he clearly had other plans. As the couple embarked on a trip to the Maldives, Legend hatched a plan to propose, but TSA almost spoiled his surprise. Eventually, without Teigen being tipped off to his idea, Legend was able to propose.
5. Her father is of Norwegian descent and her mother is Thai.
Happy Father's Day to my OG papa bear!! The reason I know the bond that John and Luna have is because of my own with you. Thank you for creating this palate of mine – teaching me to make all things hearty and delicious. For passing me your sensitivity and sensibility. For your sense of humor and endless stubbornness. Let's face it okay, I am awesome and it is because of you. I am so happy to be able to take care of you (and peps thai) the same way you took care of me. I love you, Ronald Leroy Teigen!
Teigen is close with both of her parents, who mainly reside in Thailand. She also attributes her fondness for food to her parents, often making Thai dishes and posting pictures and videos as she cooks with her mother.
6. She was discovered while working in a surf shop.
She told MTV’s When I Was 17 that despite the fact that she “hated water” she was forced into becoming a California girl as her family moved to the Golden State during her teen years. As she worked on the water, she was one day discovered by an agent but was wary that he would end up being a “creepy” fake photographer. Her father accompanied her to her first photo shoot and she was eventually signed to IMG.
7. She was a substitute model on Deal Or No Deal.
Before achieving her widespread modeling success, Teigen was a substitute model on NBC’s hit TV game show. She worked as an extra from 2006 to 2007, holding suitcases with numbers that guests could choose in order to win millions. Since then she’s graced the covers of several high-profile magazines, released her own cookbook, served as co-host of her own show and become a mom. Not bad for someone who started smiling and opening suitcases on TV part-time.
8. She married John in a gorgeous Italian ceremony.
Teigen and Legend were married on September 13, 2014 in Lake Como, Italy. The ceremony was gorgeous and traditional, with Teigen wearing three different Vera Wang dresses at Villa Pizzo. Not only did Legend sing “All of Me,” but the legendary Stevie Wonder performed “Ribbons In The Sky.”
9. She’s a major dog lover.
She’s known to post tons of photos and videos of her adorable dogs. Legend and Teigen are the proud owners of three pups, Pippa, a Frenchie, Puddy, a bulldog and Penny, a three-legged Frenchie. Their first dog, Puddy, turned eight years old in 2016.
10. She loves interior decorating.
Teigen and Legend own two homes, one in Los Angeles and one in New York. They love decorating their places and entertaining guests, with Teigen taking on cooking duties. The couple even admitted to Architectural Digest that their oven is beyond city code regulations, making them the ultimate devotees to their kitchen creations.