Chrissy Teigen Wrote a Moving Message About ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

All-around cool/funny gal Chrissy Teigen and John Legend took their 2-year-old daughter Luna to see Crazy Rich Asians this weekend, and afterward, Teigen posted a touching message on Instagram.

Sharing two photos and a super-cute video of Legend and Luna dancing as the film credits played, the supermodel explained in the caption what it meant to see Asian representation on screen.

“What can I really say about this movie that hasn’t been said by absolutely everyone who has seen it. I’ve been excited to see this since production was announced but I could have never imagined how wonderful it would be. I planned on seeing it, making a few jokes about how it checked all the boxes for me (CRAZY ☑️ RICH ☑️ ASIAN ☑️) but the feeling I got during the credits, watching John dance with my little black asian mashup baby bear luna tunes, was a feeling I haven’t had at the end of any other movies,” she wrote.

What can I really say about this movie that hasn’t been said by absolutely everyone who has seen it. I’ve been excited to see this since production was announced but I could have never imagined how wonderful it would be. I planned on seeing it, making a few jokes about how it checked all the boxes for me (CRAZY ☑️ RICH ☑️ ASIAN ☑️) but the feeling I got during the credits, watching John dance with my little black asian mashup baby bear luna tunes, was a feeling I haven’t had at the end of any other movies. Luna, aside from being blown away by the general movie-going experience (yep she’s 13 now, time flies) looked up at @constancewu’s mother and yelled “yāy!” (“Grandma” in thai) because she saw someone who looked like her yāy. Someone beautiful and aspirational. It was something that simple that made my heart just…warm. That made me happy. It made me happy to see this over the top story done from so many angles, some I could totally understand because of my own confusing Asian American upbringing. I loved it all, from the quieter moments of talking around the table of sacrifice and past hardships to the spectacle of the bachelor party. Finding that I could cry watching the most over the top aisle walk on the planet. You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it’s like to be represented. And represented by all different types of characters with all different types of personalities, just like any other great movie. Also aside from all that, it’s just colorful, fun and big as fuck. God I love a rom com. God I loved it all. Thank you guys for making this movie.

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Continuing on, Teigen wrote, “Luna, aside from being blown away by the general movie-going experience (yep she’s 13 now, time flies) looked up at @constancewu’s mother and yelled ‘yāy!’ (‘Grandma’ in thai) because she saw someone who looked like her yāy. Someone beautiful and aspirational. It was something that simple that made my heart just…warm. That made me happy.”

Crazy Rich Asians was the first major studio movie with Asian-American leads in over 20 years and has been dominating the box office since its release. A few days ago, a letter circulated from Jon M. Chu, the film’s director, that he had written to Coldplay to get permission to use “Yellow” in the final moments of the movie. “We’re going to own that term,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “If we’re going to be called yellow, we’re going to make it beautiful . . . We tried so many other songs, but everything was about the love story and not about the bigger context of who we are.”

Teigen ended her post with an effusive love for the film and for rom-coms and talked about how much she missed seeing representation on screen.

“You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it’s like to be represented. And represented by all different types of characters with all different types of personalities, just like any other great movie.”

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