Chrissy Teigen isn't exactly what one might call "softspoken," particularly when it comes to issues regarding what women "should" or "should not" do.
So when someone tweeted a question about the reason some women don't take their husband's last name, she — and tons of other people — responded pretty quickly. While many cited reasons like too much paperwork, or a cost they didn't feel like incurring, Chrissy's reason was a bit more... surreal.
Well, it's honest!
Those of you just now finding out John's real last name isn't Legend are stunned, we know. You're not alone:
wait ... his real name isn't legend? this is like when I found out the tooth fairy wasn't real— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 22, 2018
As far as Chrissy is concerned, if John doesn't go by his real last name (which is Stephens, by the way) then why should she? She's been doing just fine as Chrissy Teigen this whole time. No need to change it up now.
She wasn't the only one who chimed in. Fans shared their thoughts:
and people miss the point that the tradition started because it was an ownership thing - the woman was 'titled' under the new husband instead of the man who previously owned her, her father. It wasn't a symbol of love and devotion.— A Brit In TN (@ABritInTN) March 22, 2018
Not wanting to change your name because you just don't want to also makes sense and is just as valid.— Jules (@Julia_Mandalay) March 22, 2018
or because hey, you're not property, why brand yourself. ;)— B (@LetYourLifeBe) March 23, 2018
My extended family live in Italy and Switzerland. None of the women change their last names.— Jane Bennz (@JaneBenn333) March 22, 2018
Sometimes your maiden name just sounds better 🤷♀️— Sophie Schillaci (@SophieSchillaci) March 22, 2018
😂😂😂 good one! In Quebec, we don’t even have that option. You keep the name you were born with and that’s that.— Felicia Stevenson (@F_M_Stevenson) March 22, 2018
Here's how others handled the issue:
When my wife and I got married we merged our surnames together. Pennington and Butler became Pentler. I suggest everyone does this, it’s fun!— Mark Pentler (@markpentler) March 22, 2018
I was just happy my wife agreed to marry me. I didn't care if she took my name or not.— Dr. Bourbonstein 🥃 (@DrBourbonstein) March 22, 2018
Mine didn’t and I don’t care. Changing a name is not a way to show love. Our life together is not based on a name.— Gypsy Swinger (@rittiluechai) March 22, 2018
Seriously. I got halfway through the process and quit.— Libby (@ElleMcPoopson) March 22, 2018
I took my husbands last name.. but omg is it a pain! I feel like I have two identities floating around and I can never remember which one to use for certain accounts.— Rachel (@RachelEPas) March 22, 2018
Our personal favorite response (because we're suckers for snark) was this one:
And in other questions from 1850, "Pa, why can't we have indoor plumbing?"— Jim Donald (@jdonald3rd) March 22, 2018
Chrissy had one last thing to add to the conversation as she read people's responses:
the best part is, I am not anti-taking the last name at all. I was going to. just never got around to it and it isn't even the name he goes by. it wasn't some grand statement not to. I just don't see how the choice affects anyone else - why do people care so much!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 22, 2018