A photo and video from her photo shoot for the 2017 edition were posted online Wednesday, nine and a half months after she gave birth to her and husband John Legend's first child, daughter Luna. Teigen poses on a beach in a skimpy, multi-colored bikini.
"It's been awhile since I've done anything swimsuit," the model and Lip Sync Battle star posing says in the video, which shows her modeling several more revealing swimsuits. "I haven't shot since baby. But of course, you know that [editor] MJ [Day] and everyone at Sports Illustrated in general is going to embrace your body no matter what's happening and embrace the changes."
The photo shoot is featured in the Making of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 special that that will air exclusively on DirecTV Now, beginning in mid-February.
Teigen has appeared in every one of the annual issues since 2010. During last year's shoot, she was in the process of trying to become pregnant.
The model tried to have a baby for several years until she and Legend conceived Luna via IVF. In between takes for Teigen's photo shoot for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which took place in Zanzibar, she gave herself hormone injections to boost the quality and quantity of her eggs during the physically and emotionally grueling process.
"I had a little medical kit," Teigen told People. "It was hard because you bloat from it, and you bruise—if I hit the wrong area. That's the kind of things we had to cover with makeup."
Teigen plans to undergo IVF again, using a frozen embryo from a previous cycle, to give Luna a sibling.
Chrissy Teigen's First Post-Baby Bikini Shoot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Is About 'Embracing the Changes'
Chrissy Teigen has been a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue staple since her 2010 “Rookie of the Year” debut. And over the past six years, she’s written a cookbook, joined Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle as a host, married John Legend and became a mom to their 10-month-old daughter Luna (just to name a few of her milestones). Now, for the first time, the star is revealing her post-baby body in a powerful photo shoot for the 2017 SI Swimsuit issue, less than one year after giving birth.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything swimsuit,” the 31-year-old model explains in the exclusive clip below from “Making of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017,” which will air exclusively on DIRECTV NOW beginning in mid-February. “I haven’t shot since baby. But of course you know that [SI Swimsuit editor] MJ [Day] and everyone at Sports Illustrated in general is going to embrace your body no matter what’s happening and embrace the changes.”
At first, Day explains that Teigen wasn’t totally on board with being in a bikini — but it didn’t take her long before she got back into her old roots.
“She showed up telling me she would only shoot one pieces, and if I could throw a blanket over the top of her, that would be great,” Day explains. “I think she surprised herself on this trip, because I don’t think she was seeing herself quite the way we were seeing her.”
And even though Teigen is reluctant to admit it, she agrees. “MJ’s right, and I don’t want to say this to her, but the tinier the suit, the smaller and hotter you look. Ugh, I hate that. I hate that she’s right!”