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Chrissy Teigen is used to receiving unsolicited parenting advice from both fans and critics alike. Although the model and bestselling author has developed a reputation as the ultimate clap back queen, Teigen reveals there was one rare occasion when a “mom shaming” message from a follower proved useful.
“Somebody had seen a picture of Luna and said, ‘That baby has a tongue-tie and you need to take it to the doctor immediately,” Teigen said. “I was like... ‘Get out of my photo. No, she doesn’t.’ I took such offence.”
Teigen was surprised and humbled when a doctor confirmed the diagnosis a few days later.
“Sure enough, she had one,” the 34-year-old mother of two said. “Sometimes, moms do have the right answers. It’s just hard to listen to it.”
Teigen, who shares Luna, now 3 years old, and 1-year-old son Miles with husband John Legend, has learned not to let online criticism get to her.
“I definitely have grown a thicker skin,” she said. “If you come at them [her family[, it’s going to piss me off. People come at my mom all the time. She lives with us, she’s always around. They ask, ‘Where’s your dad?’ ‘Why isn’t your mom taking care of your dad?’ They feel entitled to know more about [our] living situation.”
While some celebrities avoid sharing photos of their children to social media, Teigen won’t stop sharing photos or videos of her family, no matter how much criticism she receives.
“I can’t help it, I like sharing pictures of my family,” she explained. “I think that’s one of our common bonds. No matter what our lifestyles are or what we believe in, we love our family and we love to share them.”
Teigen recently partnered with Pampers for the new “Share The Love” campaign, which encourages mothers to show support to one another.
“One of the hard things for me was knowing that our kids were so, so little they weren’t going to tell you feedback. They’re not going to tell you, ‘Hey mom, you’re doing a great job!’” she said. “That’s why we created this hashtag, #ShareTheLove, and we want everyone to be able to share the love online, on social media that we have each other’s back, and just say positive things. As moms we really need it.”