In fact, Teigen said it’s “even kind of condescending to think you have to defend us on this.”
“Obviously, the message is that, you know, pregnant women shouldn’t have to feel like they have to make themselves smaller. They should feel beautiful. And yes, absolutely I 1,000 percent agree with that,” she said. “But what you’re forgetting is that none of think that this is making us smaller. Nobody thinks that. Yeah, just trust me when I say that. We do it so we feel high and tight. Honestly, it feels easier to get up. It feels easier to move around when you’re not flopping around all over the place. It just makes you feel better.”
As far as how Teigen wears it, she said she doesn’t “even wear it underneath dresses or things,” but acknowledges others do.
“It gets rid of, like, you know, any kind of, like, bulkiness you feel,” she claimed. “But for the most part, it’s just the most comfortable thing to wear. It gets rid of, like, any, you know, those rolls that show up underneath and around regular underwear—that build up just because your body is kind of, like, eating away at it. So, it isn’t about slimming it down. It’s just about making sure that you’re comfortable and that things are kind of seamless against your body.”
Near the end, Teigen summed up her “personal think piece” on the topic and reiterated once again that she’s “1,000 percent not trying to make” herself “smaller” and that she does it “for comfort.” She also made it clear “this is not an ad” and that she’s “not being paid.”
“I just really like this shapewear,” she continued.
TVLine Items: 16 and Pregnant Returns, Mr. Mercedes on Peacock and More
There’s another baby boom at MTV: 16 and Pregnant, which last aired in 2014, will return for a reimagined six-episode season on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 9/8c.
The new take on the popular docuseries follows “the unexpected pregnancy journey from multiple perspectives, not just from the young mother,” per MTV’s release. “Intimate video confessionals from members of each family will allow the series to more substantively explore the lives of those impacted by the experience, with honesty and empathy.” Watch a promo above.
16 and Pregnant first launched in 2009 and later gave birth to several spinoffs, including Teen Mom OG, Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* The first two seasons of Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes, based on the Stephen King trilogy, will begin streaming on Peacock on Thursday, Oct. 15
* Kate Winslet and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas have joined A World of Calm, HBO Max’s 10-episode “immersive visual” series that “combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars,” and premieres Thursday, Oct. 1. The duo join previously announced narrators Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy and Keanu Reeves.
* Black Narcissus, a limited series based on the best-selling novel by Rumer Godden — about a group of nuns to aim to inhabit a mysterious clifftop palace — will release all three episodes on FX on Monday, Nov. 23 at 8/7c. The cast includes the late Diana Rigg (Games of Thrones). Watch trailer:
* Amazon Prime has released a trailer for Small Axe, its upcoming anthology series from Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave). Premiering Friday, Nov. 20, the five-episode project tells personal stories from London’s West Indian community in the late 1960s through mid-1980s.
Which of today’s TVLine Items pique your interest?
Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance struck with the worst news imaginable
Age of Resistance was a particularly bold effort in Netflix’s push to claim its own original content foothold in the streaming wars. Puppetry on its own is extraordinarily expensive in the cinematic world, and furthermore, Age of Resistance had sizable and highly-detailed physical sets (that must be built on raised platforms for puppeteers to work, mind you) and a fair amount of post-production CGI. The Jim Henson Company might be the best in the world for this kind of thing, but that doesn’t make it any cheaper.
On top of that, there is the elephant in the room: the COVID-19 pandemic. All productions across the entire world are having difficulty balancing the health needs versus rising cost as the industry attempts to navigate a new normal. Several puppets for Age of Resistance require two operators inside a suit at one time, not to mention extra handlers on the outside between scenes. Lisa Henson described some of those challenges in an interview with SyFy Wire shortly before the cancellation announcement came down. “As long as you’re doing puppetry, it’s still a live-action shoot. And the COVID concerns are perhaps even multiplied because we have such large crews,” she explained. “It looks delicate, it looks beautiful, but it’s an incredibly large endeavor. You have no idea watching the finished show just how big it was. And to just put that up again would be a huge thing.” It’s safe to assume that the people involved more or less saw this coming, between the expense and the physical challenges presented by returning to work at all.
Gabrielle Union to Host All-Black ‘Friends’ Table Read
Gabrielle Union is set to host a live reading of an episode of “Friends” featuring an all-Black cast on Tuesday.
Cast members for the event include Sterling K. Brown as Ross, Ryan Bathe as Rachel, Uzo Aduba as Pheobe, Aisha Hinds as Monica, Kendrick Sampson as Joey and Jeremy Pope as Chandler. “Altered Carbon” director Salli Richardson-Whitfield will direct the event, which will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
The cast will reenact the Season 3 episode “The One Where No One’s Ready,” which was previously recreated for Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” video in 2017. The episode sees Ross struggle to rally his scattered and scatterbrained friends for an important event at his museum. It’s the one where Joey drinks chicken fat and wears all of Chandler’s clothes, Monica records over ex Richard’s voicemail, and Rachel has a wardrobe crisis before going commando for her boyfriend (before they were on a break, of course).
The event is the second in the “Zoom Where It Happens” series, which previously saw a reading of “Golden Girls” starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Alfre Woodard, Regina King and Sanaa Lathan.
The Tuesday event is in support of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote, which is described as “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit on a mission to change the culture around voting by bringing together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election.”
Viewers will need to RSVP for the event here.
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