After Chrissy Teigen's Apology, Out Designer Michael Costello Comes Forward with Bullying Allegations

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday June 15, 2021

Though Chrissy Teigen has issued yet another apology for her history of cyber harassment, the story isn't over: Another victim of her trolling has come forward.

"Project Runway contestant Michael Costello took to Instagram Monday evening to detail what he describes as a campaign by Teigen to ruin his career," Vulture reported.

In describing feeling "traumatized, depressed" and having "thoughts of suicide," Costello said his "harassment began after Teigen left a comment on his Instagram page in 2014, accusing Costello of racism after seeing what he claims was a fake racist comment Photoshopped by a 'former disgruntled employee' to publicly embarrass him."

"When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was the victim of a vindictive cyber slander," the designer recalls in his Instagram post, "she told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on."

Costello claimed that Teigen and Monica Rose, "a powerful stylist in fashion," pressured "people and brands" not to work with him, otherwise "they would not work with any of them."

Costello went on to share that, as recently as last week, he had contemplated suicide. "As a result of what Chrissy Teigen did to me in 2014, I am not okay," he added. "I may never be okay, but I wish to speak my truth."

"In his post, Costello also included images of alleged DMs with Teigen," the Vulture article continued. In one exchange, a message seemingly from Costello, says, "It's a fake story, but your comment is adding fuel to the fire," to which the purported response from Teigen reads: "You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch."

On June 14, Teigen issued a new apology for her vicious tweets aimed at Courtney Stodden, among others, BuzzFeed reported.

That apology followed one from last month in which, as EDGE reported at the time, Teigen offered an apology to Stodden.

Teigen made the apology after Stodden, who is nonbinary, recalled in an interview how Teigen and others attacked them in 2011 after a then-16-year-old Stodden married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison.

Stodden accepted the apology — but with reservations. For starters, Stodden noted that Teigen only apologized for her decade-old tweets after Target stopped selling her cooking collection.

"All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record," Stodden wrote.

Teigen reiterated her remorse on June 14, writing on Medium, "I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry."

In reflecting on how, when she was younger, she thought she'd come across as "cool and relatable" if she posted what she saw as a "crude, clever, harmless quip," Teigen wrote: "I'll honestly get sharp, stabbing pains in my body, randomly remembering my asshole past, and I deserve it."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.