Chrissy Teigen calls Alison Roman’s remarks ‘a huge bummer’ after food columnist slammed model’s Cravings empire
Food columnist Alison Roman shocked Chrissy Teigen’s fans this afternoon, after saying she was ‘horrified’ by the model’s food-based ‘content farm’.
Hours later, Teigen took to Twitter to passionately defend her Cravings empire, while expressing what a ‘huge bummer’ it was to learn of Roman’s words.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever been so bummed out by the words of a fellow food-lover. I just had no idea I was perceived that way, by her especially,’ wrote the 34-year-old model.
Firing back: Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter on Friday evening to passionately defend her Cravings empire after food columnist Alison Roman slammed her in an interview with the New York Consumer
The unwarranted criticism may have ‘hit [her] hard,’ but Chrissy pressed on and explained that she ‘started Cravings because [she] wanted something for [herself].’
‘I wanted something [husband John Legend] didn’t buy. I wanted something to do that calmed me, made me happy and made others happy, too,’ she explained.
She also insisted that Cravings ‘isn’t a “machine” or “farmed content”‘ as Roman had described. Instead, it is run entirely by Teigen and ‘just 2 other women.’
In Roman’s New York Consumer interview – which sparked the outrage – she had described Teigen’s climb to the top of the food empire as something she finds ‘crazy.’
Bummed: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been so bummed out by the words of a fellow food-lover. I just had no idea I was perceived that way, by her especially,’ wrote the 34-year-old model
‘She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that.’
Chrissy, who claimed to have been making ‘[Roman’s] recipes for years now’ and supporting the food columnist’s business ventures, clearly took her words to heart.
‘I bought [Roman’s] cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article,’ she wrote.
‘I genuinely loved everything about Alison. Was jealous she got to have a book with food on the cover instead of a face!! I’ve made countless NYT recipes she’s created, posting along the way.’
Speaking her truth: The unwarranted criticism may have ‘hit [her] hard,’ but Chrissy pressed on and explained that she ‘started cravings because [she] wanted something for [herself]’
Cravings: Teigen co-wrote her successful cookbook Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat with author Adeena Sussman back in 2016
Chrissy continued on Twitter: ‘I didn’t “sell out” by making my dreams come true. To have a cookware line, to get to be a part of that process start to finish, to see something go from sketch to in my hands, I love that.’
Teigen co-wrote her successful cookbook Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat with author Adeena Sussman back in 2016.
In 2018 she wrote a follow up cookbook titled Cravings: Hungry for More, which was met with instant success.
Chrissy explained that ‘to see [her cookbooks] being used by people around the world makes [her] so happy.’
Separate ways: Teigen concluded her lengthy Twitter rant by suggesting that her and Roman ‘should probably unfollow each other’ on the social platform
Apology: Two hours later, Alison Roman attempted to apologize to Chrissy on Twitter
‘Watching a company grow makes me happy. I get joy from it and lots of people do.’
She admitted that though it had ‘been crappy to deal with this all day,’ she ‘couldn’t not say something’ in response to Roman’s assumptions.
‘I know the actual tears I put into the work I do and it’s really hard to see someone try to completely invalidate it. Someone I really liked,’ lamented Teigen.
The wife of John Legend even admitted that ‘there are many days’ that she cries over what she has been able to accomplish with Cravings.
‘I cry very hard because cravings, the site, is our baby we love to pump content onto. we do this work ourselves, and there is NO monetary gain yet. it is just work work work and the reward is you liking it. so to be called a sellout….hooooo it hurts!’
Critical: Viral food columnist Alison Roman caused a social media uproar this afternoon when revealed that she is ‘horrified’ by Chrissy Teigen’s food-based ‘content farm’ and that it is something she ‘never wants to do’; Alison pictured in 2020
Apology: Roman later backtracked
‘This “farm” you think of doesn’t exist. I am the farm. I am the cows the horses the pigs.’
Teigen concluded her lengthy Twitter rant by suggesting that her and Roman ‘should probably unfollow each other’ on the social platform.
Legend showed support for his impassioned wife by tweeting: ‘I love what you are building. I love that it comes straight from your heart and your brilliant, creative mind. I’m so proud of you.’
Two hours later, Alison Roman attempted to apologize to Chrissy on Twitter.
Model husband: Legend showed support for his wife shortly after her Twitter spree
‘I sent an email but also wanted to say here that I’m genuinely sorry I caused you pain with what I said,’ she began.
‘I shouldn’t have used you /your business (or Marie’s!) as an example to show what I wanted for my own career- it was flippant, careless and I’m so sorry.’
In an indirect tweet, the Bon Appetit magazine columnist insisted that ‘being a woman who takes down other women is absolutely not [her] thing.’
‘And don’t think it’s yours, either (I obviously failed to effectively communicate that). I hope we can meet one day, I think we’d probably get along,’ she concluded.
Chrissy has yet to respond to Alison’s apology.
Proud of her: ‘I love what you are building. I love that it comes straight from your heart and your brilliant, creative mind. I’m so proud of you,’ he tweeted; Chrissy and John pictured in April
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