“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” star Kate Hudson has decided to raise her 3-month-old baby girl “genderless” because she and her boyfriend “don’t know what she’s going to identify as” when she gets older.
“I will say that, right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds and her way,” she told AOL. “It’s very different from the boys, and it’s really fun to actually want to buy kids’ clothes.”
The 39-year-old celebrity went on to say, with boys, she just bought a bunch of onesies, noting it’s a “whole other ball game” shopping for girls’ clothes. There are some outfits, though, Hudson won’t get for her daughter because they’re “so over-the-top.”
Having a daughter after raising two sons — 7-year-old Bingham and 15-year-old Ryder — Hudson said her approach to parenting hasn’t really changed.
“I think you just raise your kids individually regardless — like a genderless [approach],” she explained.
In an Instagram post from October, when her daughter was born, the Fabletics founder said she and Danny Fujikawa, her boyfriend, “decided to name our daughter Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after her grandfather, Ron Fujikawa. Ron was the most special man who we all miss dearly. To name her after him is an honor.”
“Everyone is doing well and happy as can be,” Hudson continued. “Our family thanks you for all the love and blessings that have been sent our way and we send ours right back.”
Taking a so-called “gender neutral” approach to parenting seems to be a popular new trend among celebrities.
In 2017, pop singer Pink revealed her decision to raise her daughter, Willow, to be “gender neutral.” While the “So What” songwriter didn’t use that phrase, she told Sunday People she runs a “very label-less household.”
She later clarified in an interview with People, “I feel like ‘gender-neutral’ is in itself a label, and I’m label-less. I don’t like labels at all. […] I believe that a woman and a girl can do anything.”
Then in November of last year, Canadian singer Céline Dion launched a “gender-neutral” clothing line with edgy brand Nununu.
At the time, Dion said she was inspired to create the “gender-neutral” collection after taking her 8-year-old twin sons to Disney World. The boys, she recalled, were not interested in the superheroes; they wanted to meet Minnie Mouse and the Disney princesses.
“And then I said, ‘But what about Mickey?’” Dion said. “They replied, ‘Oh, we like Mickey, but can we be…’ And I end up saying to myself, ‘You know what, it’s OK.’ You know why it’s OK? Because they’re talking, they’re finding themselves.”
She concluded it’s important for children to tell their parents “what they feel like,” in terms of their sexuality and gender identity.