Emily Ratajkowski Says She ‘Won’t Know Gender’ Of Baby Until They’re 18

Last night, news emerged that model, actress, and feminist, Emily Ratajkowski is pregnant with her first child.

Ratajkowski announced the news on her social media platforms, confirming that her and Sebastian Bear-McClard are expecting.

The supermodel posted on Instagram about the numerous progressive ways she intends on bringing her child up.

Now she’s revealed that they wont know the gender of their child until they’re 18…

In the first of two Instagram posts, Ratajkowski says:

I dreamed of you for the first time the other night. We are wondering who you will be.

In another, she wrote:

Who will this person be? What kind of person will we become parents to? How will they change our lives and who we are?

Ratajkowski’s pregnancy and the subsequent essay she has written about it has made the front cover of Vogue, and Ratajkowski is delighted that it has.

She captioned her video-shoot with Vogue:

I’ll cherish this video as long as I live. Link in bio to watch. @voguemagazine

Thank you to my brilliant and very generous friend @lenadunham for her vision and commitment to directing this. I’m so grateful. And thank you to my other wonderful friend @eccopn for his music and to @dschneids for her editing! You all made this the most special. Written and filmed by me. Shot at home.

Now Ratajkowski has given even more of an insight into her life as she delves closer and closer to parenthood.

Ratajkowski wrote in Vogue:

WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I tell friends that I’m pregnant, their first question after “Congratulations” is almost always “Do you know what you want?” We like to respond that we won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then. Everyone laughs at this. There is a truth to our line, though, one that hints at possibilities that are much more complex than whatever genitalia our child might be born with: the truth that we ultimately have no idea who—rather than what—is growing inside my belly. 

I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me. And yet I realize that while I may hope my child can determine their own place in the world, they will, no matter what, be faced with the undeniable constraints and constructions of gender before they can speak or, hell, even be born.


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