Chrissy Teigen's controversial admission: 'I picked a girl'

Model Chrissy Teigen with John Legend, didn't realise she would get so much backlash for admitting she chose to have a baby girl during IVF. Photo / AP
Model Chrissy Teigen with John Legend, didn't realise she would get so much backlash for admitting she chose to have a baby girl during IVF. Photo / AP

Pregnant model Chrissy Teigen had no idea choosing the sex of her baby through in vitro fertilisation would be such a controversial topic.

The Sports Illustrated model recently revealed she and her husband, singer John Legend, chose to have a daughter when they were offered the chance to pick the sex of their first child.

"Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo," she told People magazine.

"I picked her and was like, 'Let's put in the girl."'

Teigen's candid comments caused a stir online, with many attacking the mum-to-be for using the controversial process of preimplantation genetic screening to select the foetus' sex, and then discussing it so casually in the press.

"I think I didn't realise this is so not really talked about," she told US breakfast show Good Morning America.

"In my world it is, because everyone I know is going through this (IVF), so I said it so casually that I didn't anticipate all the people who'd never heard such a thing before."

The 30-year-old has no regrets about her comments and insists she's happy to have inspired more open discussion about such scientific advances.

"It's interesting to spark conversation, get people talking about it," Teigen said.

"We're happy with our decision and we're proud of it. We're glad that we're living in a time that we can do such a thing, but yeah, it's weird, we definitely didn't anticipate any kind of backlash from it."

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Teigen previously revealed she wanted to give her husband a little girl because he "deserves" the close bond daughters typically share with their dads, but she is already planning to add a boy to the family, too.

"He deserves a baby girl, look at him!" she smiled on Good Morning America.

"He's so good to me obviously and he's just gonna be the most doting, amazing father to a baby girl - a baby boy too, but we all know boys love their mummy so I'll give him this time first, and then next time it'll be mine."

- AAP

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