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‘Gender is an expression’: Why Iza Calzado won’t throw a ‘gender reveal’ for her baby

By Brooke Villanueva Published Nov 20, 2022 12:45 pm

Iza Calzado doesn’t want to conform to the society’s outdated ideas, particularly when it comes to baby gender reveals. 

During a press conference for her Viu show K-Love, the mom-to-be told an interviewer who asked her about the possibility of announcing her baby’s gender to the public with a grand celebration: “Sorry, it’s sex reveal. Gender is an expression, and we cannot reveal it.” 

The press then asked if she's planning on throwing a “sex reveal” party for her little one soon. To which, she replied: “No, but I’ll share it at some point.” 

In an exclusive interview with another publication, Iza shared that she and her husband Ben Wintle have found out their baby’s sex “accidentally,” which “takes out the point of a reveal.” 

“In today’s PC (politically correct) world, I can only reveal the sex as gender is a social and cultural construct. I would choose to highlight a baby’s good health as that is my fervent wish and prayer for our child above anything else,” she stressed. 

The actress, however, clarified that she completely understands how this concept can make other parents feel thrilled, which is why it’s also something she appreciates and sees value in. 

After all, it’s a personal choice that she and the love of her life have made together. “All these decisions are our personal choice. Please do what you think is best for you and your child. By all means, throw a reveal if it will make your family and loved ones happy by coming together for that joyful moment.” 

“However, don’t be pressured to do one just because everyone else around you is doing it. Your journey to parenthood is uniquely yours. Celebrate it! Enjoy it,” she added.

Iza announced her pregnancy on Aug. 12 as she marked her 40th birthday. Referring to the bundle of joy in her belly, she said: “You may not have been in my immediate plans but I instinctively knew that this was THE plan.” Iza added, “To know that life is growing inside me is great miracle. You are my miracle. You are my guiding light.”