NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 2016 God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart awards dinner at Spring Studios on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
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By Jillian Ruffo / People
February 2, 2017

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 atSports Illustrated in general is going to embrace your body no matter what’s happening and embrace the changes.”

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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!”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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