[Deep breath.] Fashion designer Michael Costello procured screenshots earlier this week allegedly showing Teigen bullying him in 2014, for reasons related to a micro-scandal he endured involving allegations of racism which he says were later verifiably debunked. Within 24 hours singer Leona Lewis inserted herself into the drama by accusing Costello of treating her badly, turning the whole situation into what fellow Jez blogger Megan Reynolds wisely termed “Bullying Hot Potato.” Now a spokesperson for Teigen is saying Costello’s alleged DMs are fake, and a report from Insider appears to corroborate this accusation.
Still with me?
According to the outlet, some of the design features in Costello’s supposed screenshots “appear to come from various iterations of Instagram and Teigen’s profile throughout the years, which is oftentimes a signature of manipulated imagery.”
These inconsistencies include design changes that weren’t implemented until February 2020—six years after Costello says the exchange took place—as well as the absence of a verified checkmark for Teigen’s profile, which Teigen had when those design changes were introduced. Another tip-off, Insider reports, is that Costello’s image includes a video chat icon, a feature Instagram didn’t roll out until 2018.
I’m certainly not going to be the one to have the final word as to whether Costello’s screenshots are real or fake, but I find Insider’s observations to be compelling. Teigen may not have bullied Costello, but we know she bullied other people. If it’s true that Costello photoshopped the screenshots, this is a story with truly no heroes.
Cleansing the feed with this video of Serena Williams giving her daughter tennis lessons:
- Demi Lovato says their message about body positivity and food shaming got “lost in translation” when they called out that L.A. froyo spot in April. I would say...yes. [People]
- During part one of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion, Kim Kardashian agreed that the show would probably not have been as successful as it was without the scandal surrounding her sex tape. [Page Six]
- Billie Eilish’s boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce has apologized after Eilish fans resurfaced old social media posts showing him using racial slurs and making homophobic remarks. [Page Six]