On Monday the model announced that she is expecting her first child. Find out how she lives her pregnancy, how she transits the gender issues of her baby to come!
Model Emily Ratajkowski has announced her pregnancy and explores her motherhood with a personal essay that discusses the gender and identity of her child.
About your baby's gender
Emily refuses the possibility of knowing the gender of her baby and that makes it clear in her essay, writing that when asked, "Do you know what you want?" she and her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard respond, "We won't know the gender until our son is 18 and then they'll let us know."
Emily wrote that she had never thought of having a child and openly wonders if her husband "secretly longs for a boy." It also related people who share opinions and advice that revolve around stereotypical distinctions between girls and boys.
"I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me," she wrote. "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." She added.
The essay Emily wrote addresses aspects of her pregnancy: the "strange and unfamiliar shapes" of her body are changing; what an "innately lonely" experience is like, despite the support of your loved ones; and ultimately a feeling of "peace" and "wonder" as you wait for your child to arrive. "I can't wait to see who you will be," she said in the video.