Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting a second child, and handling the pregnancy in their typical hilarious manner. On Dec. 29, they revealed on Twitter that Teigen's baby name will be unisex — provided, of course, that they can settle on one that doesn't evoke a craft cocktail. ("Basil," "Berry," etc.) Just days after surviving a flight from hell, the expectant mom got back on Twitter to share a piece of the baby-naming process with her fans. As it turns out, agreeing on a gender-neutral name won't be as easy as opening a baby book and pointing.
"Jesus Christ," Teigen joked, "My baby will have no name." Based on the list she posted, that might be the best idea. It looks as if she and Legend mistakenly consulted a list of regular old nouns, or perhaps map locations, or drink ingredients. After all, there are plenty of traditionally gender-neutral names from which to choose, ones that won't assign their future child any one gender identity and make it easy to select a name without having to find out their baby's sex. If anyone follows the couple on social media, maybe do Legend and Teigen a favor and help them out? Otherwise Teigen's baby name might just end up being Teigen. Actually, wait, that's not such a bad idea.
Joking aside, it's encouraging to see a celebrity couple actively looking for ways to help their future child avoid the gender binary. Celebrities like Angelia Jolie, Russell Brand, and Pink have all talked about raising their children in inclusive households, and actor Liev Schreiber made headlines for bringing his son to Comic-Con in full Harley Quinn cosplay. Choosing a unisex name for a child for the child's own sake is a positive trend, one that reflects the fluid nature of gender and identity, and society's understanding of them both. Plus, when people as famous as Teigen and Legend make this effort, it could help those resistant to change learn more about the broad spectrum that is gender.
Also, there's obviously nothing wrong with having an uncommon name like Aspen or Berry. Those would be badass names, and with big sister Luna Simone there to defend her younger sibling on the playground, there's no stopping them. It's not like when Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz named their child Bronx Mowgli. It all fits into Teigen's playful, winking attitude toward her pregnancy (and life in general).
Since the early days of her first pregnancy, Teigen has included fans in the journey of motherhood — she's gotten in people's faces for criticizing her IVF treatments, talked about pumping breast milk, and generally aired her grievances with pregnancy to the world. She's never been afraid to share, and that includes this particular challenge.
Teigen and Legend announced they were expecting their second child back in November. Their due date is unclear, and if they do know the sex of their child, they have not revealed it to the public. In the meantime, though, they'll be doing what they do best: being couple goals, staying hilarious on social media, and documenting the minutiae of celebrity life to prove that it's not that different from everyone else's. Even if the celebrities are supernaturally talented, attractive, and somehow amazing chefs, too.
So, if you bump into Teigen and Legend in the next few months, and your name is something like Taylor, Tyler, Sam, Jaime, Spencer, or a name you chose to reflect your abstention from the gender binary, maybe let the couple know. They can't actually have Blaze Legend, right? That would be beyond ridiculous. Also, John Legend's real last name is Stephens. Just saying.