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Chrissy Teigen Says Forever 21 Fired Her for Being “Fat,” Was Once Mistaken for a “High-Class Hooker”

Chrissy Teigen in DuJour Magazine
Chrissy Teigen talks with DuJour about the time she was fired by Forever 21 for being "fat," the time she was mistaken for a "high-class hooker," and which John Legend song she hates "so much"

Forever 21 has forever earned the wrath of supermodel Chrissy Teigen. In a video interview for DuJour magazine, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl recalled a moment early on in her career when she was fired by the clothing company, allegedly for being “fat.”

“Forever 21, they booked me directly when I was much younger. And I showed up on set, and they asked me if they could take a photo,” John Legend‘s wife, 28, explained. “And they shoot that photo off to my agency, who then calls me as I’m sitting in the makeup chair. And they say, ‘You need to leave right now. They just said you are fat, and you need to come get your measurements taken.'”

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Teigen has never forgotten that—and she still holds it against the retail chain. “I hate you, Forever 21,” she said in the DuJour clip. “I hate you so much. Honestly, you’re the worst.”

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The “All of Me” muse also told the mag about the time she was mistaken for a prostitute. “A hotel in Los Angeles sold a story that John was at a hotel with what appeared to be a high-class hooker,” she began, laughing. The hotel insisted it “definitely” wasn’t Teigen — but they were wrong. 

“It was me!” she exclaimed. “It was horrible.” Then, joking, she added, “High class, though. It was high class.”

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That’s not Teigen’s only case of mistaken identity, either. Asked if fans every confuse her for someone else, the SI stunner replied, “Six or seven years ago, there was a lot of Tila Tequila. When I was on MySpace, I actually won one of her modeling contests.”

A lot has changed since then, of course. Teigen is now one of the most recognizable stars in the modeling industry, and has appeared on several magazine covers—not to mention in her husband’s music videos. She starred in the video for his hit song “All of Me,” and also cameos in his new video for “You and I.” 

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“All of Me” obviously has special significance for her—but is it her favorite John Legend song? “It’s easier to say what my least favorite John Legend song is, honestly,” she told DuJour. “I remember when he was shooting the video for ‘Green Light’ and I was like, ‘This is horrible. This isn’t gonna go anywhere. I hate this song so much.'”

“There was nothing about it I liked,” she continued. “And then all of a sudden it’s all over the radio. It was his first big radio hit. And I was like, ‘Listen kid, this song’s going nowhere.’ Clearly I don’t know s–t.”

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