Model Chrissy Teigen made a surprising confession Monday as she accepted an honor at Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year awards.
“I never thought I’d be the kind of person that would win anything,” she said. “I was used to seeing John do it, and I was used to being on his arm.”
As her “trophy husband” John Legend introduced her, he remembered an evening only a decade before when she had felt she did not belong among such esteemed company. Alongside icons such as Michelle Obama at a Time 100 celebration, Teigen became overwhelmed and sought refuge in a dressing room. When Oprah walked in, she crammed herself behind a door as she continued to sob.
With his eyes brimming, Legend told his wife, “You are more than worthy of this honor tonight.”
“I am amazed by the woman that you’ve become, and I’m truly glad that the rest of the world has found out about it, too,” he said.
A tearful Tiegen accepted her award and likened the audience she addressed to the people at the Time 100 celebration.
“I don’t think you should ever feel quite comfortable in a room like this,” she said. “I think it’s always good to look up to people, and to see the things they’re doing, and to want to be your better self.”
With more than 20 million followers on Instagram and more than 10 million followers on Twitter, Teigen has built a social media fan base that follows her every move.
Over the last few years, she has used her popularity to speak out policies such as family separation. She has also been vocal about her own experiences with postpartum depression, bringing the mental health problem into the mainstream.
“I’m so honored to be able to have this platform to talk to all of you and to be able to share any kind of message,” Teigen said, “whether it’s chicken pot pies or getting blocked by Donald.”