Chrissy Teigen took a simple little picture and stuck it up on her Instagram page. Now her selfie, which did not even feature her face, is igniting a firestorm of positive reaction and applause that went further than she ever imagined.
The picture was of her legs. She was showing some bruises she had, but the pic also showed stretch marks. This is way unusual in the fashion world. And it was not an oversight. She meant to do it. In fact, she captioned the picture:
“Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!”
Chrissy Teigen told Meredith Vieira how the pic happened and why she did it.
“I’m working on a cookbook, so I was bumping around the kitchen all the time and every door handle would just nick me every single time, and I was actually just taking a picture of the bruises and then I saw the stretch marks in there. I have those apps, those Facetunes, those Photoshopping ones, and I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore -- and I’m never doing it again, because I think we forgot what normal people look like now."
Chrissy Teigen sees this as an unfair development in the world of fashion.
"The standard is so ridiculous. I mean, people are nip-tucking. It's gotten to the point where they're not just smoothing their skin. They are actually changing the shape of their body.Nobody can compare to that when you’re fixing yourself so much. It’s so unfair. It started with Botox and everything, of course. But now it's just grown into this Photoshop phenomenon."
While Chrissy Teigen didn't name names in her interview, she did point out the ridiculousness from an insider's perspective.
"I've seen these women in person. They are not like that. Please know that. I have shot in barely anything with them, and it's just amazing what people do to tweak themselves."