Chrissy Teigen's Cry Face

Chrissy Teigen's Cry Face

Updated Nov 21, 2019 at 08:57AM EST by Y F.

Added Jan 12, 2015 at 02:14PM EST by Don.

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Chrissy Teigen's Crying Face refers to the emotional reaction of American fashion model Chrissy Teigen captured on camera as her husband and singer-songwriter John Legend gave an acceptance speech for the “Best Original Song” award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, which quickly went viral on Twitter as an exploitable template for reaction image and photoshopped parodies.


On January 11th, 2015, singer-songwriter John Legend and rapper Common were given the award for "Best Original Song" for the song "Glory" off the soundtrack for the 2014 historical drama film Selma. During the acceptance speech, Legend's wife Teigen was filmed crying while watching him speak (shown below).

Immediately after the speech, the Entertainment Weekly Twitter[1] feed posted a screen-captured image of Teigen crying (shown below).

GLOBES Entertainment Weekly @EW Follow EW just some casual @chrissyteigen action #EwGlobes #GoldenGlobes 8:54 PM -11 Jan 2015 214 RETWEETS 307 FAVORITES


That evening, Twitter users began posting the photo of Teigen's face along with humorous captions about what could cause the expression (shown below).

GLOBES Darth Vader Follow @DepressedDarth When you found out Luke and Leia were brother and sister after they kissed. 9:44 PM-11 Jan 2015 268 RETWEETS 445 FAVORITES LOBES Margaux Susi Follow AI @MargauxSusi When you're picking up plan B and you recognize your pharmacist from Temple. #goldenglobes #chrissyteigen 9:50 PM-11 Jan 2015 13 RETWEETS 21 FAVORITES

Meanwhile, Teigen responded to the reaction by tweeting that she didn't have a chance to practice her "cry face" and noted that she had become "a meme" (shown below, left).[3][4] Additionally, Teigen posted a photo in which she is shown posing with her husband while wearing cry faces on Instagram[2] (shown below, right). Within 17 hours, the post gained over 102,000 likes.

Follow christine teigen @chrissyteigen Sory I don't ractic: rmy cry face okay 9:05 PM-11 Jan 2015 1,723 RETWEETS 4,886 FAVORITES Follow christine teigen @chrissyteigen It's been 5 minutes and I'm a meme 9:05 PM-11 Jan 2015 2,219 RETWEETS 5,867 FAVORITES

On January 12th, 2015, Twitter user @JAndre_Oh[5] posted a photoshopped mouth eyes version of the cry face image (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the tweet received more than 630 favorites and 130 retweets. In the comings days, several news sites published articles about Teigen's cry face, including NY Daily News,[6] In Touch Weekly,[7] E! Online,[8] The Huffington Post,[9] People[10] and MTV News.[11]

ackie andreo Follow @JAndre_Oh @chrissyteigen :52 AM-12 Jan 2015 139 RETWEETS 638 FAVORITES

2016 Academy Awards

At the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on February 29th, 2016, Teigen was once again spotted cringing in the audience during a monologue segment featuring American comedian Sarah Silverman, a photograph of which promptly entered online circulation via Twitter (shown below). The earliest screenshot of Teigen's facial expression at the ceremony was tweeted by Elizabeth C.[12] at 9:03 p.m. (EST), followed by a slew of similar tweets highlighting the model's reaction.

Elizabeth C @ecctv Chrissy Teigen is the best at award shows #Oscars! @chrissyte.gen Greg Hicks @GregoryMHicks When you think things are gonna improve in 2016 but it's the same s--- you gotta deal with in 2015 Oscars refinery29 Φ Refinery29 Me af tonight #Oscars @chrissyte.gen

Within minutes, Teigen took note of her reaction photograph going viral on Twitter and responded via her Twitter account[13] by clarifying that she was actually reacting to American actor and Fox News commentator Stacey Dash's awkward on-stage gag, not Silverman's monologue.

Christine teigen Φ @chrissyteigen I was making the face from the Stacey Dash moment ahhhhhhh not Sarah!

Daughter's Recreation

On May 8th, 2019, Teigen tweeted[15] a photograph of her husband John Legend holding their daughter, who appeared to be making a similar "crying" face. She captioned the post, "omg me." The tweet received more than 36,000 retweets and 439,000 likes in two days (shown below).

christine teigen @chrissyteigen omg me 12:02 PM-8 May 2019

Following the post, people began posting memes and comparisons of the two reactions. Twitter[16] tweeted the two side-by-side with the caption "I see no difference." The tweet received more than 3,900 retweets and 23,000 likes in two days (shown below, left). Twitter user @_rallycap tweeted[17] a photoshopped image of Teigen's daughter's headphones on Teigen. The post received more than 540 retweets and 11,000 likes (shown below, center).

Throughout the next few days, others shared the tweet, captioning it with various jokes about anxiety (example below, right).

Replying to @chrissyteigen I see no difference 12:05 PM-8 May 2019 from Baton Rouge, LA Replying to @chrissyteigen 2:08 PM -8 May 2019 Me checking my bank account after spending blindly for a week. christine teigen Ф @chrissyte.gen omg me 11:03 AM-9 May 2019



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