Updated on Sep 12, 2020. Posted on Sep 9, 2020

    Chrissy Teigen Said It's "Really Hard" To Teach Her Kids About Their Privilege

    "It's really hard to teach them about their privilege; there are no books for that."

    Chrissy Teigen has opened up about how she and her husband John Legend are teaching their children, 4-year-old Luna and 2-year-old Miles, about both systemic racism and their own inherent privilege.

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    Speaking to Marie Claire, Chrissy said she and John make a conscious effort to talk to their kids about racism, and have used books to help them.

    "There are books that I read when I became a mom that would explain to them hard and traumatic situations," Chrissy explained. "But it's really hard to teach them about their privilege; there are no books for that."

    "We just try to talk to them like little adults, saying it in words they'll understand, making it known that it's very serious, and letting them ask as many questions as they need," Chrissy said.

    She went on to tell a story about an occasion when she and John were followed in their car by two white men in Virginia, saying it was her "first taste of what happens to Black men every day."

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    "We were in a nicer neighbourhood at night, driving slowly, looking for John's godmother's home," she explained. "These two guys were in a pickup truck slowly tailing us, flashing their lights and trying to speak to us. When we pulled over, they were like, 'What are you guys looking for?' and we gave them the address. They literally said, 'Get your asses out of here!' and proceeded to follow us all the way into her driveway."

    "They got out of the car and stared at us as we knocked on the door and went inside," she said. "It was horrifying and could have gone wrong so quickly."

    "I was sobbing afterward for hours, and I noticed John wasn't emotional about it," Chrissy said. "Seeing that he wasn’t very thrown by it was really upsetting, because he obviously had experienced it before."

    You can read Chrissy's full interview with Marie Claire here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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