Emily Ratajkowski’s Newborn Baby Bear
The model, actor and writer has given birth to her first child, Sylvester Apollo Bear.
Emily Ratajkowski announced the birth of her first baby, Sylvester Apollo Bear, in a sun-basked Instagram, yesterday. The photo of Ratajkowski cradling her newborn child was attached to a caption that said “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.” Sly is the first child for Ratajkowski and her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard.
Ratajkowski’s pregnancy was announced in a Vogue digital cover which featured a written essay by Ratajkowski herself and a video directed by long-term friend and female-rights powerhouse, Lena Dunham. The Vogue essay detailed Ratajkowski’s and her husband’s desire to raise their baby with as few gender-based stereotypes as possible. Ratajkowski says that when people ask her what gender they want the baby to be, “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. 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” Ratajkowski writes.
Ratajkowski has spent the duration of her pregnancy advocating for female body-empowerment—as is typical for the model/actress/activist. Nude photos of her are not a surprise if you follow her Instagram, but during her pregnancy she has used this form of art to reclaim appreciation for the body of the mother. Shots taken by Renell Medrano just days before the birth of Sly show this self-appreciation and admiration for the genius of the human body and its transformation during pregnancy. As her Vogue article detailed in anticipation of the baby, she said, “Instead of feeling afraid, I feel a new sense of peace. I'm already learning from this person inside my body. I'm full of wonder."