Chrissy Teigen is back on the Instagram scene after quietly slipping away from social media following her massive bullying scandal.
And though she wrote in a mea culpa for Medium that she was in the ‘process of privately reaching out to people she had insulted,’ she found herself on the defense after Project Runway designer Michael Costello alleged that she had bullied him as well.
On Sunday the 35-year-old made a reference to Clueless as she posed in a ‘totally important designer’ dress from Alaïa, though many of her followers took the caption as subtle shade towards Costello — who she claimed fabricated the DMs.
Subtle shade? Chrissy Teigen, 35, poses in’ totally important designer’ Alaïa as she references the 1995 film Clueless amid the ongoing beef with Project Runway designer Michael Costello
Chrissy posed in a $2,540 pink Alaïa dress with red polka dots which boasts the same silhouette of the red Alaïa dress Alicia Silverstone’s character Cher Horowitz wore in the 1995 teen film.
‘celebrating lurrrrrve. congrats to my sister and her fiancé Michael! also this is like a totally important designer!!!!,’ the Cravings founder wrote as she tagged Maison Alaïa.
But though her caption seemed innocent enough, the comments section took the reference as a dig at Costello, who came out this week to accuse Teigen and her husband John Legend of bullying him in 2014.
‘She said ‘also like a really important designer’ THE SHADE, LOL. I LOVE YOU GIRL!,’ wrote one follower.
Designer dig! In her caption Chrissy seemed to subtly dig at Costello who alleged this week that she and husband Legend had bullied him, prompting the Cravings founder to say the DMs were fabricated; pictured 2019
Iconic dress: Chrissy posed in a $2,540 pink Alaïa dress with red polka dots which boasts the same silhouette of the red Alaïa dress Cher Horowitz wore in the 1995 teen film
‘Unlike Michael Costello? how passive agressive of you lol,’ wrote another with crying laugh emojis.
Some said that her caption was ‘a low blow,’ while others said it was definitely a ‘dig’ at the 38-year-old designer.
On Monday June 14, Chrissy broke her silence on the massive bullying scandal that had many calling for her to be cancelled, and saw the fizzling of lucrative partnerships.
The apology was prompted by backlash she faced regarding tweets sent over the course of a decade, which also caused Macy’s to drop her line of cookware from their stores and reportedly thwarted a major partnership with Bloomingdales.
She had told non-binary reality star Courtney Stodden to ‘kill themselves,’ when they were just a teen, and also insinuated that Lindsay Lohan slit her wrists, additionally calling Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham a ‘wh**e’ and called child actress Quvenzhané Wallis ‘cocky.’
Speaking out: On Monday June 14, Chrissy broke her silence on the massive bullying scandal that had many calling for her to be cancelled, and saw the fizzling of lucrative partnerships
‘There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. My targets didn’t deserve them. No one does,’ she said in an excerpt.
She continued to say that she was on an apology tour and realized she was a ‘troll, full stop’ while saying that there was ‘no justification’ for her behavior but wanted a chance to ‘own past mistakes’ and self-improve.
After her mea culpa Costello said on Tuesday June 15 that he was still ‘traumatized’ from their past exchange and had ‘thoughts of suicide,’ at various points citing an incident with Teigen.
He claimed that she had made a comment in 2014 that ‘accused him of being racist’ after a ‘false narrative’ circulated of something he had done, which caused him to be ‘blacklisted’ in the fashion world.
Cyber scandal: The designer said on Tuesday June 15 that he was still ‘traumatized’ from their past exchanged and had ‘thoughts of suicide,’ at various points after she circulated a racist narrative that was said to be falsified; pictured 2018
Blacklisted: He claimed that she had made a comment in 2014 that ‘accused him of being racist’ after a ‘false narrative’ circulated and it caused him to be ‘blacklisted’ in the fashion world
Public comment: He shared a screenshot of the alleged public comment which slandered him
In various screengrabs he shared, her comment read that he had said ‘racist s**t’ and accused him of ‘covering up’ negative press.
The designer shared screenshots of an alleged DM exchange between he and Teigen where she said: ‘racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over just watch,’ after he had tried to set the record straight.
He also claimed there were email exchanges, to which Chrissy and Legend fought back that the whole thing was entirely fabricated.
Teigen put him on blast as she tweeted: ‘No idea what the f**k Michael Costello is doing. He just released a statement where he didn’t at ALL acknowledge how fake the DMs were, & now claims to have emails that don’t exist.’
Screenshots: Costello shared what he said were screengrabs of a DM conversation where she bullied him
Harmful words: ‘racist people like you deserve to suffer and die, you might as well be dead,’ he alleged she said as he shared a grab
Fake narrative: ‘He just released a statement where he didn’t at ALL acknowledge how fake the DMs were, & now claims to have emails that don’t exist,’ Chrissy tweeted of his statement
On her behalf: Legend also went to bat for her as he said the DMs were ‘fake’ and the ‘exchange was made up’
The post also attached a statement from her camp which cited that the images were ‘manipulated’ as elements of the screenshots were not present on the Instagram app at the time of the alleged messages.
Legend tweeted on her behalf: ‘Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr. Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened.’
Costello’s team then said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly: ‘The fact that Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperately trying to prove the DMs are fake and attempting to discredit Michael Costello, a victim of trauma and bullying by Chrissy Teigen both online and offline, confirms that she remains the same bully, despite her public apology.’
And as she continues to maintain her innocence with Costello, amid the ongoing back and forth following her public apology for her past actions, she referenced in a father’s day post to Legend that she was ‘fresh out’ of ‘tears’
It was also announced that she would be stepping away from her Safely line of cleaning supplies on Friday June 18.
Moving forward: As she continues to maintain her innocence with Costello, amid the ongoing back and forth following her public apology for her past actions, she referenced in a father’s day post to Legend that she was ‘fresh out’ of ‘tears’; pictured May 8