Model, actor, businesswoman, and activist Emily Ratajkowski just announced that she and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard are expecting their first child together. Unlike most celebrities, Ratajkowski didn’t simply post about her pregnancy on social media or wait for tabloids to get ahold of the news—she opted to make her announcement with a bit more flair. With some help from Vogue, Ratajkowski released a pregnancy short film, written by her and directed by actor-director-writer Lena Dunham, to share the exciting news. To learn more about Ratajkowski’s announcement, read on. And for more celebrity baby news, check out Mindy Kaling Secretly Had Another Baby and His Name Is Too Cute.
To announce her pregnancy, Ratajkowski penned an essay for Vogue as their newest cover star. Along with sharing the news itself, the essay also explained why Ratajkowski and her husband don’t want to know the gender of their child (“We won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then”). Ratajkowski’s friend, Award-winning director Dunham, also created a short film for Vogue to accompany the announcement, featuring curated moments of Ratajkowski’s pregnancy thus far and voiceover of her wondering about the child she’ll soon meet.
Rather than worrying about gender, Ratajkowski is much more excited to see who this little person will become. “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,” writes Ratajkowski.
A little over a month ago, Ratajkowski made her professional foray into writing. On Sept. 15, she published her first personal essay on The Cut from her forthcoming collection. A month later, she officially announced that her deal with Macmillan Publishers had been finalized (her book of essays, titled My Body, is on the horizon). With her most recent announcement that she is expecting, Ratajkowski is on the precipice of some major life changes.
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Disney star Ashley Tisdale announced her pregnancy on Sept. 17 via a simple Instagram post of her cradling her stomach in a white dress with her husband, composer Christopher French. A month later, she posted another Instagram revealing that she’s having a girl. “For all you people going above and beyond for gender reveal parties. A cake with the color inside is JUST as rewarding as fireworks but SAFER!” Tisdale added at the end of her caption, referencing the gender reveal party that started the wildfires in California. And for more on Tisdale over the years, check out The Biggest Disney Channel Stars, Then and Now.
Actor Emma Roberts announced she is expecting with actor Garrett Hedlund on Aug. 30 on Instagram, with the caption “Me…and my two favorite guys,” followed by two blue heart emojis. She also revealed that her mother prematurely broke the news on Instagram prior to Roberts giving her the OK, so—of course—she blocked her. And for more celebrity news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child, as well. “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….” the princess captioned her Instagram photo of the couple holding tiny bear slippers on Sept. 25. For more on the down-to-earth royal, check out Princess Eugenie Has the Most “Real” Royal Instagram Account.
Former Destiny’s Child singer and actor Kelly Rowland announced her pregnancy with a beautiful Women’s Health cover on Oct. 7. This will be Rowland’s second child with her husband, Tim Weatherspoon. And for more on Rowland’s early days, check out Celebrities Who Got Their Start on “Star Search.”
During a photoshoot with Make Magazine, Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie revealed that she and husband Kit Harington are expecting. Although the couple doesn’t have Instagram, the magazine posted a glowing picture of pregnant Leslie on Sept. 26. And for more couples who found love behind the scenes, check out Celebrity Couples Who Met on Set.