Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen just called for more diversity in the modelling industry

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  • And we love her even more for it.

    Chrissy Teigen has always been one to speak her mind, whether it’s standing up to the Paparazzi who made racist comments about her husband or shutting down Twitter trolls who questioned her fertility choices.

    This week, however, it’s the modelling industry that are taking the hit, as Chrissy spoke out at the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 launch party, calling for more diversity.

    ‘I think it’s really important to start embracing people’, she told E! News. ‘Seeing them in roles that are not necessarily “That Asian Girl” or “That Asian Boy”… I want it to be a normal thing to be able to Asian models, and I think Asian models are really under-represented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines.’

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    She went on to address the same issue in the film industry: ‘In movies you’re like “Oh, this Asian girl is dating this white guy” – I want that to be normal.’

    It’s not the first time Chrissy has spoken out about diversity, with the 31 year-old model of Thai, German and Norwegian descent often voicing her frustration on Twitter to her 4.26 million followers.

    Last summer, Chrissy made waves by tweeting out a sarcastic response to the Miss Teen USA 2016 finalists line up – all of whom were white and blonde.

    ‘Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch?’, she tweeted in a tongue in cheek post, receiving over 100,000 retweets.

    We love a classic Chrissy take down, but she also makes some powerful points on society, having expressed her pride in representing her Asian roots in the modelling industry.

    ‘It’s really nice to be able to come up in a magazine and make your people proud’, she explained. ‘My mom every day is like “Oh my god, Thailand is so excited that you’re in the issue!” and I’m like “Oh my god, Thailand knows about me!”’

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