Chrissy Teigen has a net worth of at least $11.5 million. She was able to build a career as a model, influencer, author, host and TV personality, but life was not as smooth sailing before all of that.
The Delta, Utah native started her career in 2004 as an IGN model, per Celebrity Net Worth. Offers began flooding shortly after. With a unique face and appeal that is a product of her being of Norwegian and Thai descent, a lot of companies wanted to sign her as a print model.
Teigen has represented Nike, Gap Factory, Venus, Gillette, XOXO, UGG Australia, Rock and Republic, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Nine West, and Billabong in the past. As a former “Deal or No Deal” briefcase girl, she has come a long way. Her face has graced various magazines such as Italian Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Galore, and Cosmopolitan.
The 34-year-old leveraged her success in print ads to TV. She has hosted E!, TMZ, MTV, FUSE/MSG, and Extra before. Her pretty face, quick wit and bubbly personality earned her hosting gigs like the one for the Billboard Music Awards.
Her social media accounts have massive followers and a simple sponsored post could fetch anywhere between hundred thousand dollars to a million.
Teigen was named one of the highest paid models in 2018 and 2019. But when she was still relatively unknown, she had to cut cost and eat regularly at McDonalds and live with six models in a cramped apartment, as reported by CNBC.
The “Lip Sync Battle” host is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. In 2018, she donated $72,000 to the ACLU during the birthday of the president.
When not busy modelling, the mother of two tries her hand in cookbook writing. Her first effort, “Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat,” went on to become a best-seller. Its success produced another cookbook called “Cravings: Hungry For More” and the supermodel even released her own line of cookware for Target.
Teigen is the wife of Grammy Award-winning artist and composer John Legend. The couple has an estimated combined net worth of $75 million. In 2020, they added a $1.5 million mansion in California to the number of properties they own. They also have a $14.1 million mansion in Beverly Hills and two penthouses in New York.
With the projects in the pipeline and stable hosting gigs at the moment, it looks like Teigen and Legend can only look back on their humble beginnings with gratitude. They serve as a reminder that anyone can still turn things around if they work hard.