Q/A has been a mark of the Quay Australia brand for years. And it’s more than just our initials—it’s what we stand for. So, we’re checking in with some of the coolest people we know to walk a mile in their shades + get a fresh perspective on some of the topics we think are worth talking about.
First up, the face of our Fall 2019 campaign, the legendary Chrissy Teigen. Whether she’s heating it up in the kitchen or on the interwebs, she keeps it fiery everywhere she goes—and we’re here for that. She’s the queen of screens and keeping it real, so we got the inside scoop on social media stress + self-expression.
Q/A | What does self-expression mean to you?
CT | I think it’s just being who you are, being comfortable in your own skin. For me, it kind of came with age. I’ve always been the kind of person that had very strong opinions, very strong values, and very high morals—but I really needed to find my voice, and I think I’ve found it.
I love being able to interact with people on social media and being able to share all these different parts of my life—the good, the bad, the ugly, everything. The ability to create this world on social media where people know exactly who you are, there’s something very honest and cool about that. I’m not nervous when I say weird kooky things anymore, I know that people value that now, and it’s fun to be able to have a voice and to encourage others to use their voice too.
Q/A | How has your sense of self-expression evolved over the years as you go through these different phases of your life?
CT | I used to be such a people-pleaser. I still enjoy making people happy and being liked, but there are different phases in life, and for me that’s pre-kids and then having children now. You grow up, and you become someone you want [your kids] to look up to and be proud of. I see so much of myself in Luna already, and as tough as it can be to deal with a child who has such strong opinions and a voice, it’s incredible to see that happening and see yourself in them. For me, there is nothing better.
Q/A | How does the responsibility of being a role model impact you?
CT | It feels good, it’s scary though, I’d be lying if I said it weren’t scary. It’s a weird position to be in—you want to find a balance between standing up for your views, but you also need to have respect for the people that love you. People are always watching and listening, and it makes you think twice about the things you say or how you say them. But that isn’t a bad thing. I think it’s good to be that way, and I think it’s important to learn to sometimes just say things like, “I don’t know enough about this topic to speak on it.”
There are so many things that I’ve learned through being on social media that have taught me how to be a better person—a more empathetic, understanding, compassionate person. I love being someone people look up to, the fact that Friday nights for me are being home and watching tv, cooking and just loving on my babies. I think it’s nice to show that side of it—that not everything has to be a cuckoo party, not everyone has to be a bad bitch. You can be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what it is.
Q/A | You’re definitely dealing with a lot of internet bullies. How do you manage that?
CT | It’s such a small part of the people that are on social media—it seems loud, but the squeaky wheels are the loudest. When it comes to this world, you have this tiny percentage that is going to hate you, and they’re going to be loud about it. And then there’s this bigger part that’s also going to be vocal, but positive and awesome. And then there’s this entire middle ground of people who aren’t going either way at all, and you forget about that bigger chunk.
There are all sorts of people, and it’s easy to feel like Twitter or Instagram is everyone on earth. It’s easy to think that way, it’s easy to be in that bubble, but it’s just so not true. And I think I started to realize that people are inherently good.
Q/A | And one last, very important question—when did you learn how to pronounce the name of the brand?****
CT | Literally the day of the photoshoot. Whenever I’d get a box before, I’d always be like “my kways, my kways!” and then even when I was talking through the script for the shoot with Mike, I was still saying it wrong! But now being able to help implant it in other people’s heads, and being able to say Education is Quay, that’s helping me so much.
And as if we weren’t before—we’re officially obsessed. Now we need to know where you’re at—comment below and let us know how you’re feeling + who you need us to Q/A next.
****AUTHORS NOTE: Pronunciation is \key\