On Tuesday, Teigen shared a video of herself receiving the test from a nurse on Twitter alongside the caption: “Honestly loved it.”
However, the post received backlash from followers that felt the fact she had a test was a sign of “privilege.”
“You are really affirming that the rich and powerful are able to get tests if they want to. And the rest of us will just have to wait I guess,” one Twitter user said.
Another commented: “The #privilege of getting medical care at and inside the convenience of your home. That's out of reach for millions, yeah.”
The mother-of-two addressed the backlash on Twitter, replying to one person: “Everyone in LA can get tested for free. I’m having surgery and had to. I’m sorry if this offends you.”
Los Angeles hospitals only began performing elective surgeries again earlier this month and have implemented a number of rules to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, including ensuring that all patients are automatically tested for coronavirus before being admitted for surgery or other inpatient procedures.
Teigen later revealed the reason she was undergoing surgery on Instagram with a black-and-white topless photo of herself alongside the caption: “So I posted myself getting a Covid test on the twitter, as I’m getting surgery soon. A lot of people are understandably curious (and nosey!) so I’ll just say it here: I’m getting my boobs out!
“They’ve been great to me for many years but I’m just over it.”
She added that there were a number of reasons for her decision, including wanting to be able to zip up a dress in her size and lay flat on her stomach.
“No biggie! So don’t worry about me! All good,” Teigen continued.
“I’ll still have boobs, they’ll just be pure fat. Which is all a tit is in the first place. A dumb, miraculous bag of fat.”
Earlier this year, Teigen admitted that her feelings had changed towards her implants since having children.
“Then you have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate and now I am screwed,” she told Glamour magazine.
“I want them out now. If I could do one thing, it would be to have a lift.
“I think you’re supposed to replace [implants] every ten years. But when you have kids you think about [the risks] of surgery and I think, ‘This is not the way I want to die, in boob surgery’.”