Whether she’s supporting the Women’s March, stepping up to body shamers, or defending her parenting, Chrissy Teigen is not afraid to make her voice heard. And now she’s sharing some very honest opinions about diversity and inclusion. In an interview with E! News, the Sports Illustrated Swim stunner called out the fashion and modeling industries for repeatedly neglecting diversity issues — specifically with Asian models.
Chrissy — whose heritage includes Thai, Norwegian, and German roots — thinks Asian models are often typecast as “That Asian Girl” or “That Asian Boy.” “I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models, and I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines,” she said.
This is not the first time she’s voiced her concern about the lack of diversity. Both she and hubby John Legend (#couplegoals, BTW) have repeatedly spoken out when events and institutions ignore groups of marginalized people — most notably with the #OscarsSoWhite drama last year.
Then during a Twitter fight with neo-Nazi and coiner of the “alt-right” term Richard Spencer last month, she ended the conversation with a mic drop of a tweet that celebrated her baby daughter Luna’s multi-hyphenated ethnicity.
Embracing, accepting, and celebrating — now that’s what diversity is all about.
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(h/t Refinery29; photo via John Sciulli / Getty)