“Everything about me is fake except my cheeks," Chrissy Teigen has admitted. That was back in 2017, when Byrdie reported that the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model turned Lip Sync Battle host pointed to her forehead, nose and lips as she declared: "Fake, fake, fake."
It's the first time a celeb has been so candid in Before & After history!
As you know, most stars deny they've ever had work done, despite glaring evidence to the contrary. (Some, like Khloé Kardashian, even go as far as calling naysayers "bitches.") So it's VERY refreshing to hear Chrissy speak so candidly.
Or did she? A few days later, she claimed she was only joking, suggesting that armpit liposuction is the only procedure she's undergone. "Reminder to never ever joke, ever (I did do the armpits, no regrets except it clearly came back)."
But we know that's untrue, because in 2020, she divulged that she was having her breast implants removed. "I'm getting my boobs out! They've been great to me for many years but I'm just over it."
So could there be some alterations to her facial features that she neglected to tell us about, too?
Let's see how Chrissy, now 34, has changed her look over the past decade.
Chrissy in 2009
Although she'd been modelling since 2004, it wasn't until 2009 that Chrissy—known back then as Christine Teigen—started hitting the red carpet on the arm of boyfriend (now husband) John Legend. She was 23 here, but this isn't her natural skin tone. The self-confessed "spray tan addict" got bronzed every two or three days, explaining to People: "I'm very fair-skinned without a spray tan. People don't realize how incredibly light I can get."
I don't know about you, but I had a hard time believing that this was actually Chrissy! She was going for the same look that so many models had at the time: big, blown-out waves, caramel highlights, spray-tanned skin, and pretty, understated makeup. It's a far cry from the Instagram aesthetic that would later take over! As for her features, she was right about her cheeks—they were always round and plump.
Chrissy in 2010
She had the same "model off-duty" vibe here, bearing little resemblance to the Chrissy we know today. It's mainly her lips, which have their natural shape instead of the swollen look she recently embraced. Her nose is also flatter and wider, leading me to believe it was later tweaked. As for her smile, she told Harper's Bazaar she had her teeth "shaved away" for porcelain veneers.
Chrissy in 2011
Next, she ditched the deep spray tan (at least for the moment) and darkened her hair with a shade close to her natural colour. Once again, she looks almost like a different person! We'd never catch her in such conservative styling now, which makes her seem older than her 25 years.
Chrissy in 2012
By 2012, Chrissy's signature style that we know and love was starting to emerge, what with the false lashes, bolder brows and warm, contoured skin. But I'm not sure she'd wear the pink lip gloss and peach blush anymore, even though they'd look just as gorgeous today!
Chrissy in 2013
Then, there was a bit of a blip in 2013 when she moved away from the warm shades that suit her so well. Sure, she can pull off this cool-toned brown hair, but it doesn't have the same "wow" factor. And the makeup is an even bigger departure, with the contrast of light white eyeshadow and bold pink blush. I can understand why she only wears warm tones now!
Chrissy in 2014
By the time she was 28, Chrissy had become fairly well-known on the events circuit. But as evidenced by this photo, I still don't think she had dabbled with any cosmetic enhancements yet (aside from her teeth). Here, her look was all polished and ladylike with a neat updo, understated nude makeup, and au naturel lips and skin.
Chrissy in 2015
After her awkward crying face at the 2015 Golden Globes became a viral meme, Chrissy reached a new level of fame. To go with it, she lightened her hair into this eye-catching honey blonde. (With the long, beachy waves, it remains one of my favourite "hairspiration" photos ever!) Around this time, she also started working with makeup artists like Mary Philips, who tends to the Kardashians. So it's no surprise that we're seeing her in an all-nude makeup palette that is heavy on the brows, lashes, highlighting and contouring.
Later in 2015, Chrissy's glow-up was complete. She was back to her beloved spray tanning, with a full beat of shimmery, bronzey makeup. Her face and lips do look fuller, so it's possible she was dabbling with fillers. But it could also be the weight gain she experienced while undergoing IVF. "I looked horrible, totally not myself," she told Self.
Chrissy in 2016
After having her daughter, Luna, in April 2016, Chrissy returned to the red carpet a few months later with a brand new look. Not only did she chop her hair shorter and bleach it light blonde, but she also rocked trends like matte griege lips and strobed cheeks. Notice how her upper lip appears fuller than the lower one. Over-lining... or injections?
Chrissy in 2017
I was happy that Chrissy traded the blonde hair for a more natural brown shade in 2017, worn here in a simple updo. It's also exciting to see her in this dark, matte blackberry lipstick, since she always favours lighter tones. The colour, however, makes it hard to tell whether her lips have been enhanced or not. The rest of her face is definitely fuller again, but we know she used IVF to conceive her second child as well (who was born in 2018).
Chrissy in 2018
Just a month before giving birth to her son, Miles, she showed off a new "bronde" hair colour (in between brunette and blonde). She's also rocking paler skin than we've seen in years. "I haven't been doing [spray tans] for a long time because I just don't f—ing care anymore with the baby!" she said in 2017. Since most doctors don't consider fillers safe during pregnancy, her lips may have deflated... but that wasn't to be the case for long!
Chrissy in 2019
Post-pregnancy, a 33-year-old Chrissy emerged looking a little different. Okay, a lot different—thanks to her generously plumped-up lips! They're bigger than ever, with no sign of a natural Cupid's bow (indicating fillers). Something about her nose seems a little more angular as well, although that may be from clever contouring and highlighting.
As if the fillers weren't enough, Chrissy took things a step further here by enhancing her mouth with a ring of lip liner. This is one makeup technique that really only "works" from far away! While I do like this styling otherwise (especially her retro waves and fluttery lashes), I suspect her lips weren't the only feature injected. Her forehead is super smooth, and her eyebrows are looking more arched.
Chrissy in 2020
I actually gasped when I saw Chrissy on TV, because I've never seen her looking so "enhanced." Her lips are swelling with filler (and there's that bizarre ring of lip liner again), her brows seem lifted with Botox, and her nose appears to have acquired a stronger bridge and pointier tip. Even her cheeks seem to be getting bigger, which tends not to happen naturally. It's too much!
Chrissy Teigen Before and After
Comparing the photos of Chrissy from 2009 versus now, I think we can all agree her face looks different. The question is—what did she have done?
I'm not sure it was plastic surgery, even though she has been accused of having cheek implants in the past. "Women are like, 'those fake-ass cheeks,' and I'm like, 'No! This is my real face,'" she said to Allure in 2017. Then, on Twitter, she added: "Don't u think that if I took the time to get cheek implants I would have also had my jaw shaved down?"
Fair enough, but I do suspect she added volume more recently using cheek fillers. Obviously, she's had lip injections as well, and possibly some strategic Botox to arch her brows and smooth her forehead. (So far, she has admitted to getting Botox for jaw clenching.)
Dr. Rachel Nazarian agrees. "Although she specifically states she's never done anything to her cheeks, her cheeks look much fuller as she's gotten older, which is usually not typical for aging," she told the Daily Mail. "[Her lips look] fuller and more plump, which likely means she had hyaluronic acid injections done for enhancement. Botox helps prevent wrinkling during facial expression, and even though she's smiling in the photos, her forehead is smooth and her crow's feet are diminished."
Of course, all the spray tanning, hair extensions, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and makeup wizardry also helped to change her look.
But can makeup alone account for her new nasal bridge and tip? Either they've been built up with filler, too—it's called a non-surgical nose job—or there's been a recent rhinoplasty she's not telling us about!