Chrissy Teigen's cookware line dropped amid bullying scandal


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Chrissy Teigen (left) tweeted recently that she was, in her words, 'an insecure, attention seeking troll' when she urged the 16-year-old Courtney Stodden (right) to end their life. Stodden identifies as non-binary and uses the pronoun 'they'. Photos: AP

Chrissy Teigen’s social media past may be taking a toll on her professional brand.

The former model, television personality and best-selling author’s cookware collection has disappeared from Macy’s website.

On Monday (May 17), a cursory search failed to turn up any results from Teigen’s “Cravings” line following Target removing the line from its website on Friday (May 14).

The big box retailer said a mutual decision was made to end the 2018 partnership in December.

The exclusive collection for Macy’s was released in February 2020.

Last week, Teigen became the brunt of backlash following allegations she wrote abusive tweets about model Courtney Stodden, including one in which Teigen told Stodden to commit suicide.

On Sunday, conservative political pundit Candace Owens took to social media to rejoice in the purported fallout.

“I am pleased to announce that as of this evening, Macy’s has removed Chrissy Teigen’s cookware line from its website,” she speculated. “Thank you @Macys for doing the right thing. Teenage suicide is not a joke. Thank you to everyone on the media for covering this story extensively.”

Macy’s hasn’t confirmed why the line cannot be found on its e-commerce platform.

In recent years, Owens has gained prominence for leading a Black conservative political movement and mixing it up with celebrity Donald Trump detractors on social media.

The controversial commentator joined the Teigen-Stodden fray by generating the hashtag #SurvivingChrissyTeigen, and comparing Teigen to the ousted sexual predators of Hollywood, even mentioning Jeffrey Epstein.

On Wednesday, Teigen – who is married to Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner John Legend – issued a public apology to Stodden on social media, referring to her younger-self as an “attention seeking troll”.

“Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls*** in front of the entire world,” Teigen wrote. “I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that... is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.”

The former Sports Illustrated cover girl added that she had tried to connect with the former pageant contestant turned reality star “privately” but felt she should also apologise publicly.

Stodden identifies as non-binary, uses “they/them” pronouns and first came to fame at age 16 in 2011 after marrying a then-51-year-old Doug Hutchison.

“I accept her apology and forgive her. But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private,” wrote Stodden via Instagram on Wednesday.

“In fact, she blocked me on Twitter,” the post continued. “All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her ‘wokeness’ is a broken record.” – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

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