A few months ago I wrote a piece on fashion mogul and social media star Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy rumors, and their illustration of displaced priorities in current society—having had no idea at the time that those rumors would turn out to be true. Yesterday, she singlehandedly overshadowed the Super Bowl with the release of a statement that not only confirmed that she indeed has been pregnant this whole time, but also let everybody know that her daughter was born on February 1st.
I’ll admit that the news and the pregnancy video her friend Tyler Ross put together brought me tears and unhealthy amounts of baby fever. In a typed-out note posted to social media, Kylie broke the silence with an apology for keeping fans “in the dark through all the assumptions…you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys.” Calling motherhood “the role of a lifetime” and pregnancy “the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience,” the note oozed sincerity and excitement.
The video she released shortly thereafter felt even more personal and emotional. Including clips of Kylie, friends, and family, as well as father Travis Scott and his loved ones, the video let fans in to the most intimate of moments. Following a short clip of Kris before Kylie’s birth, well-known model and friend Jordyn Wood offered commentary first, explaining that she was there when the pregnancy test was taken. Later, we’re taken along through more messages to the baby, Kylie’s loved ones raving about her and their beliefs that Kylie was “born to be a mom”; we are shown ultrasounds, the baby shower, a glimpse of Kim’s newborn Chicago West—and, finally, audio of Kylie given birth over a black screen.
Kylie walked viewers through a huge closet of baby clothes and shoes, showing so much joyful anticipation it made my heart melt. Sure, I could have been reading up on politics and news in the 12 minutes of my time it took to watch the video, so feel free to call me a hypocrite—but I’ll still be quick to jump on the release of her baby’s name and first public appearance.