In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Chrissy Teigen opened up about facing a racist incident with her husband and singer, John Legend. She talked about an incident back that happened back in 2010. It was the first time she experienced what Black men go through.
The model recalls the time when she and John were followed and harassed by two “neighborhood-watch-type” white men. The couple was driving to find his grandmother’s home in Fredericksburg, Va.
The cookbook author described the incident and said they were in a nicer neighborhood at night, driving slowly, trying to find John’s grandmother’s house. She said there were two men who followed them in a pickup truck, flashing their lights and trying to speak to them.
Chrissy continued, “When we pulled over, they were like, ‘What are you guys looking for?’ and we gave them the address. They literally said, ‘Get your a–es out of here!’ and proceeded to follow us all the way into her driveway. They got out of the car and stared at us as we knocked on the door and went inside.”
The model described the incident as incredibly scary and terrible. She recalled the incident to Marie Claire‘s Alyse Whitney tearfully. Chrissy said she cried for hours a decade ago and understood why John did not act emotionally.
“I’m Going To Fight To Get This Person Out Of Office”
The mother-of-three said, “It was horrifying and could have gone wrong so quickly. I was sobbing afterward for hours, and I noticed John wasn’t emotional about it.” She explained seeing John not being so affected by the experience was even more upsetting because he had gone through the experience before.
The model believes that racism in America exists because of President Donald Trump’s beliefs. She said people are confident about their ways of racism because they have the backing views of the president. The cookbook author says her consciousness keeps growing as she has to teach her two black children. Chrissy and John are expecting their third child and he/she is on the way.
The model said, “There are books that I read when I became a mom that would explain to them hard and traumatic situations. But it’s really hard to teach them about their privilege; there are no books for that”. However, she says that regardless of money and status, they will always have their skin color.
Chrissy says when it comes to being treated differently because of skin color, she is going to look at John for a lot of help. She says even if they are Asian and white, their skin color is black. She said, “We just try to talk to them like little adults, saying it in words they’ll understand. The model says she is going to help them understand that it’s very serious. She also strives to let them ask as many questions as they need.
However, other than teaching her kids about their blackness as well as their privilege, Chrissy is focused on the presidential election coming this November. She said she is going to fight to get Trump out of the office. The model said, “I’m going to fight to get this person out of office because I can’t live another four years with this kind of hatred boiling through America.”