The former supermodel surprised the world with the news via Instagram on Wednesday.

The America’s Next Top Model host and her boyfriend, photographer Erik Asla, are now proud parents of York Banks Asla, who was born via gestational surrogate.

“We are so excited for our new baby boy bundle of joy,” Banks told the magazine in a statement. “The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I’ve shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik.”

“As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day. My hopes and dreams are filled with well wishes that they get to feel what my little treasure, York Banks Asla, feels like in my arms,” she added.

Banks was always open about trying to conceive and IVF procedures. “I’ve had some not happy moments with that, very traumatic moments. It’s difficult as you get older. It’s not something that can just happen,” she said in an interview.

This is the first child for Banks; Asla has three daughters.

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