Emily Ratajkowski has given birth to her first child, Sylvester Apollo Bear and I’m not crying, you’re crying!
The 29-year-old model announced the news on Instagram this morning, confirming that baby Sylvester was born on March 8th.
“Sylvester Apollo Bear has joined us earthside. Sly arrived 3/8/21 on the most surreal, beautiful, and love-filled morning of my life,” she wrote on Instagram.
Ratajkowski first announced her pregnancy with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard via a video in Vogue back in October, which is a *very* Em Rata thing to do.
Despite the traditionally masculine name, Ratajkowski hasn’t revealed the baby’s gender and honestly, Sylvester (Sylvie for short) could also be a really cool female name. Or maybe the child won’t identify as either, regardless, Sylvester is a cool name and I approve.
The move not to gender her child comes as no surprise, with the model and actress explaining her thought process on the matter in an essay in Vogue last year.
“Everyone laughs at this,” she wrote in Vogue at the time. “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.”
She then went on to discuss that she’s not going to force gender norms onto her child and will simply… let it live its damn life.
“But I don’t like that we force gender-based preconceptions onto people, let alone babies,” Ratajkowski said. “I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me. And yet I realise 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.”
This is the good Friday news that I needed to push through the rest of the week. Did I think Em Rata would make me clucky as hell? Absolutely not, but here we are.