Kim Kardashian announced this weekend that she and her husband Kanye West are expecting a baby boy. The news came out on Father’s Day, which was apt timing considering the nature of the announcement. The ensuing flurry of congratulations on social media affirmed that Kim and Kanye’s admiring public approved enthusiastically of the development.
The young parents had initially released information that they were pregnant with their second child three weeks ago, in May, but they did not disclose the gender of the new baby. This incited a lot of speculation from fans and social commentators, but it was not until yesterday that anyone knew for certain whether the new arrival would be a mini-Kim or a mini-Ye.
Kardashian made the original announcement that she was expecting during the season finale of her reality television series, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” The news was especially sensational because a recent theme of the show had been the fact that the model, star and mother was having difficulty conceiving. This child will be her and Kanye’s second, as they also have a 19-month old son named North.
Kardashian announced the baby’s gender via Instagram. She posted a photograph celebrating her husband Kanye’s parenting skills, and very casually mentioned that the new arrival was going to be a boy. The post has since gone viral on social media, as many fans are expressing their well-wishes to the lovebirds.
The caption on the Instagram post reads: “Precious moments like this when we were traveling on tour with you are what I live for. You’re such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too!”
The announcement dovetails conveniently with Kardashian’s publishing of Selfish, a book collection of selfies that has been interpreted by critics as something of a crowning achievement to her career as American socialite. Her book titillates the imaginations of her fans with such compelling questions as: “What is the difference between self-love and self-absorption?” and “How many times can one make the same face in a selfie?” Her beauty has been likened to that of Cleopatra’s, and The Atlantic recently compared Kim’s face to a work of art on par with the likes of Marcel Duchamp’s The Urinal, in the sense that it simultaneously “mocks, dares and provokes” all those who must behold it.