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Emily Ratajkowski announces pregnancy and why she doesn't want to reveal gender

"I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me," Ratajkowski said.
/ Source: TODAY

Emily Ratajkowski is pregnant with her first child!

The model and actor, 29, made the big reveal in a Vogue digital cover that zoomed out and showed her cradling her baby bump. Ratajkowski also opened up in a personal essay about her pregnancy and why she doesn't want to reveal the gender of her child.

"I like the idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible," she wrote.

After sharing the news that she and her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, are expecting, people are usually quick to congratulate them and ask whether they're hoping for a son or a daughter, she wrote.

"We like to respond that we won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then," Ratajkowski wrote. "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. Who will this person be? What kind of person will we become parents to? How will they change our lives and who we are?"

She called it a "wondrous and terrifying concept, one that renders us both helpless and humbled."

Ratajkowski also talked about the gendered generalizations her child could face. She said she doesn't fault anyone and realizes some of it is ingrained in society.

"But I don't like that we force gender-based preconceptions onto people, let alone babies," she said. "I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me."

Ratajkowski has been using her platform to speak out against stereotypes. Earlier this year, she shared a body-positive message and a photo of herself in a bikini at age 14.

"Now I'm a little sad it exists at all," she wrote. "I was just a kid in this picture and I wish the world had encouraged my 14-year-old self to be more than just my body."