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"The most surreal, beautiful, and love-filled morning of my life." Emily Ratajkowski has welcomed her first child.

Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski and her actor and producer husband Sebastian Bear-McClard have welcomed their first child.

"Sylvester Apollo Bear has joined us earth side. Sly arrived 3/8/21 on the most surreal, beautiful, and love-filled morning of my life," the 29-year-old wrote on Instagram.

In October, Ratajkowski wrote an exclusive article for Vogue, alongside a 'pregnancy reveal video' directed by her good friend Lena Dunham, in which she explained that she would not be telling us the gender of her child.

"When my husband and I tell friends that I’m pregnant, their first question... 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," she wrote. 

In a 2000 word essay, which you can read in full here, Ratajkowski grappled with the idea and fear of raising both genders, pondering that she likes the "idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible".

Watch: A snippet of Ratajkowski's pregnancy announcement.


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Ratajkowski wrote that her husband worried if they had a little girl, they "will have a lot to live up to as your daughter." A concept she herself 'winched' at.

She was equally as apprehensive of having a son too, "although not in the same way. I've known far too many white men who move through the world unaware of their privilege."

Ratajkowski has been vocal about her feminism ever since she was thrust into the spotlight in Robin Thicke's film clip for 'Blurred Lines' in 2013.

Right now pre-order is open for her book My Body, which will explore “what it means to be a woman and a commodity, how men treat women, and why women permit it."

Last year, she also wrote an essay for The Cut about sexual assault and being sued for sharing photos of her own body, analysing how, as a model, "my image, my reflection, is not my own."

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But Ratajkowski has made sure her body's experience of pregnancy is the opposite, posting updates on her growing belly over recent weeks and months for her 27 million Instagram followers.

"Sometimes I feel like Winnie the Pooh in human form, other times like a fertility goddess with a juicy butt. I took this on a day where I was feeling the latter. Either way I know I’m going to miss this bump and those kicks very soon," she wrote in February. 

She also referenced the unique experience of pregnancy and the unfairness, loneliness and humbling nature of it. The reality that Instagram - with all its targeted ads - knows she's pregnant before the world does.

"There is a quietness that comes with pregnancy, a humbling, I listen for you... I am full of wonder. You feel like the world's potential," she said, in the pregnancy announced uploaded to Vogue's YouTube page.

The reveal video, narrated by Ratajkowski, gave us an intimate insight into the model's thoughts, feelings, fears, and dreams for her child.

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Ratajkowski's pregnancy video is full of intimate photos of her growing bump. Image: Vogue/YouTube.

"I've made a habit of Googling strange changes in my body on the off chance they might be connected to your existence. Too much saliva, bleeding gums, pains in the lower abdomen, every time, no matter how seemingly random, all of these symptoms are correct. Connected to the making of you," she said. 

Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard married in 2018 after a month of dating, in a 70s style retro civil ceremony at New York City Hall, complete with a few loved ones and a pug.

When asked about their 'rushed wedding,' Ratajkowski told Busy Tonight, "We knew each other for a long time before and he likes to joke ‘yeah everyone thinks we got married quickly, but you vetted me for two years'."

The couple were reportedly friends for many years before getting together.






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Ratajkowski's wedding outfit was from Zara and cost her just under AU$300. Her wedding ring, which she didn't show the public until several months after the ceremony, is estimated to be worth between AU$67,510 – $121,518, depending on the quality of the stones.

Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, Ratajkowski said her initial ‘engagement ring’ wasn’t quite so luxe.






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“He proposed to me at Minetta Tavern and he didn’t have a ring, so I was like, ‘Mmm, nah,’” she said.

“And then he took the paper clip that the bill was paid with and made me a ring, which I actually thought was really romantic.”

This article was originally published on October 27, 2020 and has been updated.

Feature image: @emrata/Instagram.