"You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it's like to be represented," shares Teigen.
Chrissy Teigen's daughter Luna may be a little young to understand all the plotlines in "Crazy Rich Asians," but according to her mama, the 2-year-old did understand that people who look like her family were on the big screen, and that's a big deal.
This weekend Teigen posted to Instagram after she and her husband, John Legend, took little Luna to the movies to see "Crazy Rich Asians," which, according to USA TODAY, was again number one at the box office for the second weekend in a row, an unprecedented feat for a non-holiday release.
The rom-com isn't a family movie, it's got a PG-13 rating, but Teigen thought it was important for Luna to see it, and Luna clearly loved getting to go to the movies with mom and dad. More importantly, she saw her family represented in a Hollywood blockbuster, a moment Teigen was thrilled to share with her little girl.
"Luna, aside from being blown away by the general movie-going experience (yep she's 13 now, time flies) looked up at @constancewu's mother and yelled "yāy!" ("Grandma" in thai) because she saw someone who looked like her yāy. Someone beautiful and aspirational. It was something that simple that made my heart just...warm. That made me happy," she wrote.
Teigen says she's been looking forward to seeing this movie for forever (but as parents know, going to the movies gets a little tougher once there are kids in the picture) and her comments on Instagram highlight just how much representation in media matters.
"It made me happy to see this over the top story done from so many angles, some I could totally understand because of my own confusing Asian American upbringing. I loved it all, from the quieter moments of talking around the table of sacrifice and past hardships to the spectacle of the bachelor party. Finding that I could cry watching the most over the top aisle walk on the planet," Teigen wrote.
"You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it's like to be represented. And represented by all different types of characters with all different types of personalities, just like any other great movie."
So here's to more movies where kids like Luna can look up and see themselves and the people they love reflected back at them.
As Raschael Ash previously wrote for Motherly when discussing "Black Panther," "The representation that's shown, both on and off screen, shines blindingly bright like a beacon of hope."
"My kids deserve to have their stories told and their likeness shared. We all deserve to be aware that there are many similarities in our stories and we're not on this journey of life alone," Ash wrote.
There are so many stories left to tell, and mamas can't wait for Hollywood to tell them. The box office numbers prove Luna's not the only one happy to see her family represented.
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