Chrissy Teigen is tired of talking about her weight (and so are we)

She was shamed for gaining weight, then shamed for losing some. Enough.

Chrissy Teigen weight
Chrissy Teigen

She's not one to hide her postpartum body, but that doesn't mean Chrissy Teigen doesn't think about her weight and how it has changed since becoming a mother. We all think about these things, but most of us are not former swimsuit models turned cookbook authors who are in the celebrity spotlight. That combination of careers and attention has meant Teigen has had to deal with near-constant speculation and shaming about her weight since becoming a mom.

Back in 2018 the internet was shaming Teigen for her "mom bod" and for gaining 20 pounds after welcoming her second child, Miles. Now, in 2020, internet commenters are shaming her for being "too skinny."

Teigen just can't win, because our culture still doesn't let any woman be at peace with her body. Teigen is sick of it and so are we.

Recently, after Teigen posted a bikini selfie on Instagram a commenter said she looked like she either "dropped 50 lbs overnight or has cancer." Teigen, who is known for clapping back at the trolls, responded "What would you prefer?"

Teigen's body is her own and she doesn't owe anyone an explanation of how it changes or whether she's lost weight at all (we are talking about a former model here, mama knows her angles and may not have even dropped a pound).

Of course, all this comes after Teigen previously talked about how she didn't end up back at her pre-baby weight after becoming a mom, an admission that came because internet commenters were always asking her how she could eat delicious food all the time (again, cookbook author) without gaining weight. Teigen explained that she wasn't gaining weight and wasn't in a hurry to get back to her pre-pregnancy number.

"I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much," she tweeted. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!"

In a follow-up tweet, she explained that she would rather have the extra 20 pounds than a repeat of the weight loss she experienced after her first pregnancy when she experienced postpartum depression.

"The thinnest I've ever been was right after Luna. Postpartum depression. I'LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!" she wrote.

"I don't really call this 'body confidence' because I'm not quite there yet. I'm still super insecure," Teigen wrote in another tweet, after showing a video of her stretch marks.

The thing is, Teigen still does look amazing in a bikini, even if she no longer looks like it's her job to be in one. Her "mom bod," as she calls it, is beautiful by any standard even if it doesn't look like it did on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

And that's why it's time for people to leave her alone about her weight. Because when a woman in the public eye is accepting the changes in her body, others can too

Teigen is leading the charge for this new wave of celebrity moms who are taking control of their postpartum stories through social media and rejecting the "bounce back" narrative often perpetuated by traditional media.

In a world where anyone can photoshop their own selfie on Instagram, it's nice to see someone who has every reason in the world to do it (and, let's be real, not a lot of editing to do) rejecting the illusion of postpartum perfection. There is no such thing, even for literal (former) supermodels.

[A version of this post was published July 31, 2018. It has been updated.]

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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This oil completely changed my skin this summer

And I'm never going back to lotion.

For all the sweating and swimming I do in the summer, it seems illogical for my skin to be as parched as ever. But your mid-thirties (and 2020 in general) don't really seem to follow any rule book, so here we are.

A couple of months ago, I was on the lookout for a moisturizer that would not only keep my legs from looking like an ashy mess, but also truly nourish and benefit my skin. I've developed a deep interest in skin care for my face over the past few years and decided it's high time to extend that degree of consideration to the rest of my body. (After all, there's more of it, right?)

It's not that I'm too concerned with aging, but let's be real. If there's something that can be done to slow the Wrinkle Express, I'm going to give it a go. I also wanted to find something natural that wouldn't turn into a goopy mess the second I started sweating.

Enter: Esker's Firming Body Oil.

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"We are alone. Together. You are surrounded all the other mothers who are navigating this tender time in isolation. You are held by all of us who have walked the path before you and who know how much you must be hurting. You are wrapped in the warm embrace of mama earth, as she too settles into this time of slowness and healing."

Artist and teacher Catie Atkinson at Spirit y Sol recently shared a beautiful drawing of a new mom crying on a couch—leaking breasts, newborn baby, pile of laundry and what we can only assume is cold coffee, included. Everything about the image is so real and raw to me—from the soft stomach to the nursing bra and the juxtaposition of the happy wallpaper to the palpable vulnerability of the mother—I can almost feel the couch underneath me. I can feel the exhaustion deep in this woman's bones.

My heart feels the ache of loneliness right alongside hers. Because I remember. I remember the confusion and uncertainty and love and messy beauty of the fourth trimester so well. After all, it's etched in our minds and bodies forever.

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