At the 2015 Golden Globes, Chrissy's hubby, John Legend, won Best Original Song for "Glory" from the movie Selma. It should have been a happy moment for Chrissy, but instead she seemed… well, it’s hard to tell really.
Overjoyed? Is that what overjoyed looks like? Sad, maybe? Does she want to punch somebody in the face? It's impossible to tell. It looks like her brain was trying to choose from 14 different emotions, couldn't make a decision and just went with all of them at once.
Then, before she had a chance to remember what a face was supposed to look like, her bizarre facial expression became a viral sensation.
Even Chrissy couldn't believe how quick the internet pounced.
Sorry I don't practice my cry face okay— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 12, 2015
It's been 5 minutes and I'm a meme— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 12, 2015
But she made sure to add her own brief-but-embarrassing moment of facial confusion by taking to Instagram to post a pic of her making the now-famous "Chrissy Teigen Crying" face, along with a string of crying emojis. The whole thing is so meta.
Awards show reaction memes have a long and storied history, and are often the best part of the ceremony. Long after the stars have gone home and thrown their trophies into a closet somewhere, their bizarre facial expressions live on.
Like when Brendon Frazier really appreciated a zinger:
Or when Tommy Lee Jones refused to appreciate any zingers:
The memes live on.