Madison Vanderberg
January 26, 2018 10:18 am
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Chrissy Teigen was sent to us by the social media gawds, because surely there is no other explanation for her clap back perfection. Teigen recently shared a photo of her and hubby John Legend at the 2008 Grammy Awards on Instagram, and the couple looked happy, in love, and very, very tan. She captioned the photo, “Grammys 2008. 10 years ago. This tan!!! Lmao.” It was a cute thing, and should have stayed a cute thing, until one commenter swooped in and wrote, “Wow so stunning here!! Before the boobies and fillers, so natural and stunning. You both still look great.”

Ugggghhhh.

Teigen swiftly shut it down with the perfect response: “Boobies and fillers? Fuck off with your backhanded shit…2 babies and 10 years. Bye, b.”

Now let us pop off on this backhanded compliment about a woman’s features for a second. Sometimes “compliments” come in the form of “But you look so much better without makeup,” or, sometimes, it’s “Celebrity X was so much prettier before she started injecting all that stuff into her face.” Every day women are fed a narrative by the media, by friends, and by men that there is a narrow lane for female beauty and that in order to be beautiful you must be within that lane. The backhanded compliment-giver thinks they are saying a nice thing (“…you looked better when…”), when all it does is reinforce that narrow beauty ideal and remind women that they still haven’t found it.

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Also, Teigen has been refreshingly honest about getting plastic surgery. In May 2017, she enthusiastically told Byrdie, “everything about me is fake except my cheeks.” So, please, don’t come for Teigen and tell her she looked better when she was “natural.” Let women do whatever they want with their bodies and keep the commentary to a minimum.

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