Chrissy Teigen, queen of clapbacks, queen of Twitter, queen of not giving af, just dropped holy wisdom on the timeline this morning. Hint: It has to do with one of the most hotly debated topics between millennial women and their baby boomer parents: taking your husband’s last name. Someone on Twitter wrote, “I’d really like to hear the reasoning behind women who won’t take their husband’s last name.“ First of all, has this Twitter user never met a woman who didn’t take her partner’s last name? Because it’s, like, way common. But we digress.
The tweet was from August 2017, but for whatever reason, Teigen chimed in today, March 22nd, 2018. As for the “reasoning behind” Teigen keeping her given name, she tweeted, “my husband didn’t even take his last name.”
She’s referring to the fact that her husband, John Legend, was born John Roger Stephens. Legend is his stage name. Even if Chrissy Teigen became Chrissy Legend, it still wouldn’t have been her husband’s last name. Actually, Teigen’s particular situation is a perfect example of how bonkers the “taking your partner’s last name” debate has become. She can’t take his name because it’s not even his last name! Names are just words! Do whatever you want!
Tbh, if you don’t want to take your husband’s last name, you really don’t have to give any reason at all — let your husband give X number of reasons why he’s not taking yours. However, the many individuals who responded to the tweet were definitely on Team Teigen when it came to the last name debate.
Take your partner’s name or don’t. It’s that easy.