Chrissy Teigen Says “Sports Illustrated” Begged Her Not to Lose Weight

Chrissy Teigen has heard the words that hardly any model has ever heard: Please don’t lose weight. The supermodel told HuffPostLive that even though she’s experienced some pushback from parts of the fashion world, there was one client that pushed her to keep her curves.

When she got her start, she was considered curvy, at least compared to other models. “Since I started modeling, I was actually the athletic, curvy one, which is so crazy because I can’t play any sports, she said. “I am in no way curvy. I wish I had the hips and the little waist and everything. But I was always kind of more box-shaped.”

But it was her shape that kept her out of the fashion elite. “To them I was a catalog girl or lingerie. I wasn’t ever invited to walk in a New York Fashion Week fashion show,” she said. “It wasn’t something that ever crossed my mind, not just because of my size, but because of my height and everything too.”

Chrissy said she first started noticing that the industry was becoming more body-positive when she met with Sports Illustrated for the first time and didn’t even have to put on a swimsuit. “Your body type isn’t important to them,” she said. “It was way more about having a personality and being able to represent this iconic brand, which was really exciting.” Though the concept of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue representing all shapes and sizes is pretty laughable, they definitely represent a different aesthetic than the Fashion Week runways.

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