Chrissy Teigen may be the unofficial Queen of Twitter, but Her Royal Highness caught some serious flack on social media over the weekend for her new forearm ink’s resemblance to the tattoos forced on Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust.
The model and author went under the needle Thursday and later shared photos of her new body art on Instagram. The delicate series of numbers depicts five birthdays, including those of her husband John Legend and her kiddos, daughter Luna and son Miles.
Unfortunately, what Teigen likely meant as a heartfelt tribute to her family was seen by some as bearing a striking similarity to the serial numbers that Jewish workers at the Auschwitz concentration camp complex were marked with as a means of identification.
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Critics quickly flooded Teigen’s comments section to share their feelings about the controversial ink.
Teigen’s tattoo received its fair share of compliments, too.
This isn’t the first time Teigen has faced criticism online, even as she’s usually lauded for dishing out iconic clapbacks of her own. For instance, fans were pissed when the “Lip Sync Battle” host shared a photo of herself with country singer Shania Twain—a vocal Trump supporter—to promote a special episode of the show.
According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Nazis began tattooing Auschwitz prisoners in the fall of 1941.
Authorities applied the serial numbers to camp workers, whereas prisoners who were sent directly to the gas chambers “were not registered and received no tattoos,” the museum’s website reads.
The museum describes the Nazis’ decision to begin tattooing after trying other methods:
“Initially, the SS authorities marked prisoners who were in the infirmary or who were to be executed with their camp serial number across the chest with indelible ink. As prisoners were executed or died in other ways, their clothing bearing the camp serial number was removed. Given the mortality rate at the camp and practice of removing clothing, there was no way to identify the bodies after the clothing was removed. Hence, the SS authorities introduced the practice of tattooing in order to identify the bodies of registered prisoners who had died.”
Teigen had not responded to the social media storm as of Sunday afternoon.
Despite the backlash, though, we’re pretty confident the mom of two and advocate for body positivity meant no harm.