Every year, we identify the extraordinary people who moved us over the past 365 days and will continue to inspire us for the next 365. As we say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, we recognize Authentic People of 2020 who demonstrate courage, heart, vulnerability and the kind of character the world could use more of.
Take the Good With The Bad
Chrissy Teigen, model, cookbook author and social media maven lives her life out loud. Her 13.5 million Twitter followers and 33.6 million Instagram followers know this well. And it is a picture-perfect life. Marriage to EGOT winner John Legend, two beautiful children, gorgeous homes, spectacular meals. She calls it like she sees it, including some colorful language.
But Chrissy is honest about the imperfection in her perfect world. Not just posting outtakes from family photoshoots, although she does that. But her post-partum depression after the birth of both of her children.
And earlier this year sharing that she was having her breast implants removed, including sharing a card created by her daughter, Luna, that said “bye boobies.” And very recently, she has been candid about her new sobriety after getting a book, Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol, from a doctor and friend.
Staying Strong Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be Vulnerable Too
This summer, she shared her families’ joy at an unexpected pregnancy discovered during the testing for her breast reduction surgery. And she shared in a series of haunting black and white photos and a deeply moving Medium post, the immense sorrow of losing the baby they had named Jack.
“I had asked my mom and John to take pictures no matter how uncomfortable it was. I explained to a very hesitant John that I needed them, and that I did NOT want to ever have to ask. That he just had to do it. He hated it. I could tell. It didn’t make sense to him at this time.
“But I knew I needed to know of this moment forever, the same way I needed to remember us kissing at the end of the aisle, the same way I needed to remember our tears of joy after Luna and Miles. And I absolutely know I needed to share this story.”
The outpouring of support was overwhelming, but even more, was the gratitude from other women who had lost babies. Women who could not give voice to their loss, almost as if there was something wrong with talking about it. Teigen, in a series of photos and an essay, gave women permission to talk about this significant loss, to acknowledge their pain and the agony of a life not lived. By being Chrissy, she put a large dent in the unfair stigma surrounding complicated pregnancy.
Chrissy Teigen is a reminder that life is full of imperfections and that vulnerability is strength.
Some Closing Thoughts
Chrissy Teigen does not shy away from being authentically true to herself, especially during 2020. She showed her vulnerability — and her strength — while sharing the news of the loss of her baby. In turn, she gave a platform for other women across the globe to open up about the loss they had also experienced.