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Chrissy Teigen reminds us why we should never ask people about their weight

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 “I’LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!” she tweeted during a raw Q&A session.

Chrissy Teigen has always made a point of being open about her personal struggles, particularly when it comes to her ongoing battle to achieve mental wellness.

In a powerful 2017 essay on postpartum depression, the television host, cookbook author, model and Twitter pro explained that she “just didn’t think [postnatal depression] could happen to me”, before going on to point out that mental health “does not discriminate.”

“I couldn’t control it,” wrote Teigen. “And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do… [but] I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone.

“I also don’t want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression, because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that – for me – just merely being open about it helps.”

And now, continuing that theme of honesty and openness, Teigen has taken to Twitter to address her her 11 million followers about her current weight and her “new normal”.

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Like so many other women in the public eye, Teigen is constantly asked deeply personal questions incessantly about her weight and diet.

So, in a Q&A interview with herself, she has reminded thoughtless people why they should stop praising others on their ‘weight loss achievements’.

“‘How do you eat like this?’” she asked herself, echoing the words she has surely heard so many times before. “Basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before [the birth of my son], Miles. He’s 10 months old [now, but] I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much.”

Teigen added: “Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!”

Then, writing in a subsequent tweet, she informed fans that “the thinnest I’ve ever been was right after Luna [was born]”.

However, she noted that this was mostly due to “postpartum depression”.

“I’LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!” she said.

Teigen is not the first to challenge the obsession with celebrity weight loss: Lena Dunham, in a lengthy Instagram post, famously addressed every member of the press who dared to comment on her “weight loss transformation”.

The Girls creator said: “Right now I’m struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn’t a triumph and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME – at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I’m doing with it.

“I’m not handing in my feminist card to anyone.”

Lena Dunham: "My body belongs to ME"
Lena Dunham: "My body belongs to ME"

Holly Willoughby, similarly, declined to answer any questions about her dietary or fitness habits during an interview with Prima.

“I actually avoid talking about my diet and exercise regime because I have interviewed so many people affected by eating disorders,” the 36-year-old told the magazine. “I know that some people in chat rooms can really fixate on other people’s diets. I just can’t contribute to that.”

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When pressed for more information about her daily eating habits, Willoughby’s response was blunt and to the point.

Holly Willoughby: "I actually avoid talking about my diet and exercise regime"
Holly Willoughby: "I actually avoid talking about my diet and exercise regime"

“I love food,” she said. “It’s a celebration, something to be talked over, shopped for, cooked and enjoyed.”

With so many women in the public eye prepared to challenge body-shaming and the media’s obsession with weight, we can only hope that the narrative will be changed soon.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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