Listen—times have changed in the 30-plus years since Chrissy Teigen was a kid. (Also, Chrissy and I were kids at the same time, so clearly we're destined to be BFFs.) She and John Legend give honest, revealing looks (opens in new tab) into their lives with kids Luna and Miles, particularly all the ways they're working to give them healthy, normal childhoods. But Chrissy also just gave us a 30-year throwback into her own childhood, including the intense stories her mom used to read her when she was young.
In the video, shared on Instagram and Twitter, Chrissy reads aloud to Luna one of her childhood books. It's about a winged creature who tries to fly too high, and gets halfway up a mountain before falling down to the ground and dying. The moral of the story? "Doing things beyond your ability never brings good." Way harsh, Tai.
learning a lot about myself from the stories my mom used to read to me pic.twitter.com/H2bdDly0NHJanuary 30, 2019
Obviously Chrissy didn't take the lesson too much to heart, considering she became a super-successful top model, author, actress, and social media influencer. Also, she's said her mom was totally supportive of her (opens in new tab)—so maybe the book was to balance things out? I remember kids books being kind of scary when I was a kid, though, (just Google "Puff the Magic Dragon book") so maybe it's just a sign of the changing times.
Another big insight into her childhood? Apparently Chrissy never learned how to swim! Legend posted on Twitter about how he was finally taking lessons as an adult to learn the skill, several months after his kids had started lessons as well. Chrissy responded in trademark hilarious fashion:
wow so y’all just gonna let me dieJanuary 29, 2019
Considering Chrissy used to be, I dunno, a SWIMSUIT model who was constantly near the ocean and bodies of water for photoshoots, this is magically ironic.
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Katherine’s a Boston-based contributor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle—from “Clueless” to Everlane to news about Lizzo. She’s been a freelancer for 11 years and has had roles with Cosmopolitan and Bustle, with bylines in Parents, Seventeen, and elsewhere. It’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.
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