Chrissy Teigen Has Reached the Pinnacle of Social Media Fame: Her Own Meme

SI Swimsuit Issue cover star is very active with her followers

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Who Chrissy Teigen

Age 28

Accomplishments 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model; founder/writer of So Delushious! cooking blog

Base New York

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

MSNBC is usually already on—Morning Joe, specifically—because my husband [John Legend] wakes up a little before I do. I listen to that as I scroll through Twitter and look at what’s trending.

You’ve become a big star on social media. How did you get started with that?

I have always been a bit of an Internet addict. Young Chrissy loved her AOL chat rooms, message boards, forums, everything!

You’re pretty active with your followers, too. Why is that important?

Fan interaction is everything these days, for me at least. It’s nice to show people that you don’t just take pictures, you have a voice.

You also have your own food blog, So Delushious!. What blogs do you read for inspiration?

I actually don’t read too many food blogs. Foodbeast comes to mind and Immaculate Infatuation. But most of my food inspiration comes from food magazines. I usually have four or five with me on any plane ride.

What’s your favorite app?

My Talking Pet is hysterical. It makes any photo of anything talk. Pets, Barack Obama, a donut, whatever you want. I have had nights where I have cried laughing for hours on end doing this.

What about TV shows? Any guilty pleasures?

I love trashy reality shows. Love. And I feel absolutely no guilt about it. Vanderpump Rules and all of the Real Housewives have my heart.

How do you wind down before bed?

Red wine and Bravo!

What’s on your reading list right now?

I’m currently reading The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think, by Brian Hare.

Did you read the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue before you became a model?

Of course! Getting to meet so many of the women I looked up to is just so crazy to me. It never gets old.

Do you think it’s as much of a must-read for some women as it is for men?

Yes! I have so many female friends in the fashion industry who use our photos for shoot inspiration. I love it.

You are now the subject of your very own Internet meme, #ChrissyHoldingThings. Is that pretty much the social media equivalent of landing the Swimsuit Issue cover?

I’m not sure if anything is nearly as good as this feeling I have right now with the cover. But I cannot believe that the meme happened. And I cannot believe that so many people know how to use Photoshop.

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.