August 6, 2014 11:20 am -

Chrissy Teigen is one of the word’s top models. But she was once told she had to “leave immediately” from a set because the client said she was too fat. Tiffany at Liberal America has the story.

In an interview with DuJour, Teigen — the wife of singer John Legend — shared the humiliating experience of being fired from Forever 21 in the middle of a set for being “fat.”

“I was actually fired from a job. Forever 21. They booked me directly when I was much younger. I showed up on set and they asked me if they could take a photo and they shoot that photo off to my agency, who then calls me as I’m sitting in the make-up chair, and they say, ‘You need to leave right now. They just said that you are fat and you need to get your measurements taken,’” she said.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

28 responses to This Supermodel Was Fired For Being Fat

  1. Anomaly 100 August 6th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I wish I was fat just like her.

    • R.J. Carter August 6th, 2014 at 11:30 am

      /sees her hitchhiking, scrapes the “No Fat Chicks” sticker off the bumper/

    • tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Unemployed and vapid?

  2. Foundryman August 6th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    If they think she’s fat, Kate Upton must be morbidly obese..

  3. Robert M. Snyder August 6th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    “A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that overweight people are the least likely to die from any cause — even when compared to those who are of normal weight. Adults with a body mass index that qualifies them as overweight but not obese — between 25 and 29.9 — were the least likely to die of any group, with a 6 percent reduced risk of all-cause death, compared to normal-weight individuals with BMIs of between 18.5 to 24.9. About 30 percent of the U.S. adult population has a BMI of 25 to 29.9”

    • John David Peer August 6th, 2014 at 9:49 pm


      It then begs the question: “have we properly defined what is a “normal” weight?”

      Perhaps humans evolved to “do best” when they were capable of carrying a few extra pounds to level out the effects of famine or seasonal food shortages during our existence as hunter-gatherers, which is to say 99.9% of our biological history.

      • Robert M. Snyder August 6th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        I have heard a couple of theories:

        1. If you live long enough, sooner or later you will have a major illness. Having some extra body fat gives you better odds of surviving the illness. An elderly relative of mine lost 70 pounds while fighting a major illness a few years ago. Today she is completely recovered and has regained her quality of life. If she had been of ‘normal’ weight at the outset, her body would have been burning muscle cells instead of fat cells to obtain energy. The heart is a muscle.

        2. The medical and fitness communities have focused a lot of attention on heart disease because it is the single greatest killer of women and men. But heart disease is responsible for only 25% of deaths in the US. 75% of people die of other causes. Strategies that reduce the risk of heart disease do not necessarily extend lifespan. In fact, some of those strategies could actually shorten lifespan. Consuming diet soft drinks might reduce caloric intake and BMI, but it could also increase the risk of certain cancers.

        BMI is a very poor gauge of health. Consider two identical twins who live similar lifestyles, except that one smokes and one does not. The smoker will probably have a lower BMI than the nonsmoker.

        Among the elderly population, a condition known as sarcopenia results in a gradual loss of muscle mass. But elderly folks tend to gain fat mass at the same time. So if their weight and height don’t change, then neither will their BMI, even though their body composition may have changed dramatically.

        Osteoporosis is a disease that primarily affects thin people. Weight bearing stimulates bone growth, so if you’re carrying some extra weight and getting regular weight-bearing exercise, your risk of developing osteoporosis is significantly reduced.

        • John David Peer August 6th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

          Interesting stuff.

  4. Pistol-Packing August 6th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I never cared for the Anorexic look. A little meat on the bones is preferable.

    • Anomaly 100 August 6th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      That’s some well place ‘fat.’

      • Pistol-Packing August 6th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        In all the right places !!!!! =)

    • Rusty Shackleford August 6th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Combating stigma against fat women by stigmatizing thin women is unhelpful and counterproductive. Your message is still “I’d respect you more if you were THIS size” and “Your value is directly correlated with how attractive I, a man, find you.”

      You have the right to be any god damn size you want and still be treated with dignity and respect.

      • Saje3d August 6th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        People still have a right to their personal preferences. This has nothing to do with “dignity and respect.” Telling people what they should and should not feel is pretty crappy too.

        • Rusty Shackleford August 6th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

          Feel free to have your preferences, but they’re relevant only to you and anyone you’re sleeping with. There’s no reason to put them forth here as though your personal turn-ons are of relevance or import to this model, the industry, or women as a whole.

          • John David Peer August 6th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

            That may be so, but when, not if, you Americans achieve universal health care, where costs are shared by the entire population, you may come to regard morbid obesity in the same way one does smoking, or cycling without a helmet – it makes one want to say “smarten up, don’t you want to live??”

          • Rusty Shackleford August 7th, 2014 at 12:10 am

            If shaming fat people made them thin, there wouldn’t be fat people. What more shame and stigma do you want to pile on? Are we not doing enough yet? Should we bring back stockades and pelt them with fresh vegetables?

            Do you think they don’t ALREADY KNOW about their own health and weight? Trust me, they were well aware long before you felt the need to make your unsolicited opinion known. Do you honestly think it’s productive or helpful, or will making them feel worse about themselves help boost your little ego?

            Unless you’re their doctor, you need to shut up and mind your own damn business. They have the right to exist at any size they want, and your comments are not helpful, needed, or wanted.

        • crash2parties August 6th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

          Personal preferences are all well and good so long as they remain personal preferences. The problem comes about when people try to influence others to use said preferences to gain power. Could be via advertising, could be by counting on a herd instinct. Either way it’s wrong. When it comes to women’s appearance and body fat, our culture tends to try to shame us into achieving an ever-moving target. And if we can’t we’re made to feel less than anyone who does appear to do so whether by genetics, hard work or airbrush. By design such cultural practices exist to attempt to keep half the population “in it’s place”.

      • Pistol-Packing August 7th, 2014 at 9:27 am

        HUH ???? Who said anything about not treating somebody with dignity and respect. You have every right to be whoever you want to be. And NO, my message does not say I would respect you more if you were THIS size. My message is pretty damn simple. I am more ATTRACTED to you if you are THIS size…

        What is so difficult to understand about that.

        • Rusty Shackleford August 7th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

          And why should anyone care what you are attracted to? Why do you feel the need to vocalize this as though it’s of any sort of relevance or import to absolutely anyone other than you and whoever you’re sleeping with?

          Do you make a habit of voicing opinions aimed at nobody that no one cares about, or did you honestly think that this model and women as a whole SHOULD care about your personal turn-ons?

          • Pistol-Packing August 8th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

            because it was Snark you fool. Just like many of the other comments that were made in regards to this article.

          • Rusty Shackleford August 8th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

            Oh I get it! The punchline is that you’re still holding women to a specific standard that YOU personally find attractive as a measure of their worth, just like the asshat who fired this woman! Hilarious!

  5. MIAtheistGal August 6th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    No wonder our children have such terrible body issues. They, girls and boys, are having to live up to impossible, airbrushed ideals.

  6. tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    So, her super powers have been revoked?

    • R.J. Carter August 6th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      She’s not as “fierce” as she used to be.

      • tiredoftea August 6th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

        Must be those five extra calories.

  7. William August 6th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    In todays world Marilyn Monroe would have been drummed out of Hollywood and called fat.