Emily Ratajkowski and her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, recently revealed the exciting news that they're expecting a child. However, the couple stated that they won't know the gender of their baby until the child is 18 years old.
The model broke the news on Instagram where she shared stunning photos of her for Vogue’s digital cover, which she captioned "Grateful & growing […] Thank you @voguemagazine for this very special cover."
The couple were congratulated by fellow celebrities, including the recent new mothers Gigi Hadid and Ashely Graham as well as Paris Hilton, Jen Atkin, and Kourtney Kardashian.
The model also wrote an open letter for the publication for this month’s Vogue where she discusses her pregnancy and her child.
Emily wrote in the letter:
"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.
Who will this person be? What kind of person will we become parents to? How will they change our lives and who we are? This is a wondrous and terrifying concept, one that renders us both helpless and humbled."
The 29-year-old continues to explain that she wants to impose "as few gender stereotypes on [her] child as possible" but also acknowledges the desire of knowing her growing baby’s gender.
"No matter how progressive I may hope to be, I understand the desire to know the gender of our fetus; it feels like the first real opportunity to glimpse who they might be. As my body changes in bizarre and unfamiliar ways, it’s comforting to obtain any information that might make what’s coming feel more real… I don’t necessarily fault anyone for these generalizations—a lot of our life experiences are gendered, and it would be dishonest to try to deny the reality of many of them. But I don’t like that we force gender-based preconceptions onto people, let alone babies."
She then continues to end her letter, writing, "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."