With her hilarious potty mouth, precious bulldogs, and openness about her stretch marks, Chrissy Teigen has to be the most relatable top model in Hollywood. We tend to think of Teigen as one of the more natural models in the business—her glowy skin and plump cheeks don't look at all nipped or tucked. Last night, we met the cookbook author in person at an event to celebrate her new makeup palette with Becca Cosmetics, and in real life, the impossibly leggy model looks just as au naturel. But according to a statement Teigen made last night, that's all a testament to her doctor.
During a presentation of the new palette, a group of beauty editors sat around a kitchen table with Teigen, eating pizza and shooting the breeze like old college pals—except with more compliments. As the editors showered her with praise of her gorgeous, round cheeks, Teigen said that people always ask her if her cheeks are real or implants. They're real, she promises, but the rest of her face is a different story. "Everything about me is fake except my cheeks," she said with a laugh. Teigen pointed to her forehead, her nose, her lips: "fake, fake, fake."
At first, this came as a bit of a shock—not that a celebrity had so much work done, but that she'd be so honest about it. Most models do everything they can to keep their procedures secret. "I'm not shy talking about that sort of thing," Teigen said with refreshing candor. "I have no regrets."
Intrigued to know more, another editor at the table asked Teigen to talk about the craziest beauty treatment she's ever gotten, to which Teigen replied, "I had my armpit sucked out." Teigen went on to explain that about nine years ago, she underwent liposuction to remove some extra fat from under her arms. "It added two inches of length to my arms," she told us, adding that she by no means considered it a necessary procedure, but it did give her more confidence in sleeveless tops and dresses. "Now [the fat] is back though, so now I've gotta pay for it again," she laughed.
It should really come as no surprise that even a "natural" beauty like Chrissy Teigen has had plastic surgery. Though most celebrities try to keep it quiet, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Renato Calabria told E! News in 2010 that, in his experience, 40% of celebrities age 25 to 30 and 100% of celebrities over 45 have had plastic surgery of some kind (nose job, breast work, lip injections).
It's a little bit depressing that plastic surgery has become so necessary to make it in Hollywood. But hey, at least our girl Chrissy was honest about hers, and we have serious respect for that.
To re-create Chrissy Teigen's (100% real) cheeks, be sure to get on the waiting list for her Becca glow palette, below!