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Gerber Is Looking For Its 2019 ‘Spokesbaby’

Are you the proud parent of an adorable wee bundle of joy? If so, you probably have thought to yourself, “My baby is so cute, she/he should be the Gerber baby!”

Well, heads up: Now is your chance. Gerber is seeking photo submissions for their 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby. From now until Oct. 20, parents or legal guardians can enter their baby into the 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby Photo Search. The winner will be featured on Gerber’s social media channels as their official spokesbaby and will even win $50,000.

Gerber announced the contest on Instagram:

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It’s finally here! Enter your little one’s photo by posting here on Instagram using #GerberPhotoSearch2018 and they could be our next Spokesbaby!

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Here’s some more info on the contest:

Last year’s winner was Lucas Warren, and he was the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome. The 1-year-old baby from Georgia helped to broaden minds and hearts when it comes to this genetic condition, and Gerber is continuing to look for babies who represent the diversity and beauty of American children.

“Every year, for our annual Photo Search, we choose the baby who exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka said in a release about the upcoming search. “Our 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby, Lucas Warren, was the perfect fit to represent the brand. Lucas was chosen out of more than 140,000 entries because of his expressiveness and his contagious smile. We’re excited for Lucas to now pass the torch to our 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby by serving as an honorary judge on this year’s panel!”

Here is Lucas making what is clearly a very important call about the search:

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Photo Search starts Monday. 📸 Post your little one’s photo here on Instagram starting Oct 1 with #GerberPhotoSearch2018.

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To enter your baby into the 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby Photo Search, they must be aged between birth and 4 years old. To enter, all you have to do is submit the photo on Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018.

The Gerber baby logo was first created in 1928 by illustrator Dorothy Hope Smith, who relied on a picture of Ann Turner Cook, a neighbor’s daughter, to create the smiling baby that is now an enduring piece of American pop culture. The original Gerber baby is now 91 years old and is a great-grandmother. She’s a retired English teacher and accomplished mystery novelist.

“I probably was about 3 years old when Mother pointed out the baby food jar and said that was my picture, and I thought it was quite a lovely thing!” Cook told CBS when they interviewed her (at age 87) about her experience as the first Gerber baby.

She got to meet Lucas earlier this year:

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Those iconic Gerber smiles 🤩The original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, meets our Spokesbaby Lucas 💙😍🤗 #HistoryMade #AnythingForBaby

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When asked why she thinks people love the Gerber baby so much, Cook said, “It’s because it reminds them of their own babies. Everybody says, ‘My baby or my grandchild looks like the Gerber baby.’ And it doesn’t matter the ethnicity. And I say, ‘Yes I’m sure they do.’ I can’t think of anything nicer than to be a symbol for babies.”

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And now another lucky family could become part of this historic American tradition.

Don’t forget to submit your baby’s photo before the Oct. 20 deadline!

Gerber® Announces 2018 Photo Search

Submit your baby’s photo and your little one could be the 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby

Lucas Warren, 2018 Spokesbaby

FLORHAM PARK, NJ (Oct. 1, 2018) – Today, early childhood nutrition leader Gerber announced the launch of its ninth annual Photo Search contest, providing parents across the nation the opportunity to see their little one become Gerber’s 2019 Spokesbaby! From Oct. 1 to Oct. 20, parents or legal guardians of children from birth to four years old are encouraged to post a favorite, recent photo of their little one on Instagram using #GerberPhotoSearch2018 for a chance to have their child serve as an adorable ambassador for the brand. The winner will be featured on Gerber’s social media channels and the family will win the ultimate grand prize of $50,000.

Launched in 2010, Photo Search was inspired by a commitment to do “Anything for Baby” and from the countless photos received over the years of parents who see their little ones in Gerber’s iconic baby logo.

“Every year, for our annual Photo Search, we choose the baby who exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” said Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka. “Our 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby, Lucas Warren, was the perfect fit to represent the brand. Lucas was chosen out of more than 140,000 entries because of his expressiveness and his contagious smile. We’re excited for Lucas to now pass the torch to our 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby by serving as an honorary judge on this year’s panel!”

According to Lucas’s mom, “We have loved every minute of our experience with Gerber and are so proud and humbled by the love the world has shown our little boy. We look forward to meeting this year’s Photo Search winner and can’t wait to see where this incredible journey takes them, just like it has for us!”

To enter the photo search, upload and post your little one with #GerberPhotoSearch2018 on Instagram. For official rules, visit Gerber.com/photo-search-2018.

ABOUT GERBER

Gerber Products Company was founded in 1928 in Fremont, Michigan. Gerber joined the Nestlé family on September 1, 2007. Gerber is a leader in early childhood nutrition.

  • Kairi Yang, a 15-month-old from North Carolina, is 2019’s new Gerber baby.
  • Her photo was chosen from more 544,00 entries.
  • She is the first Gerber baby of Hmong descent, an ethnic group from China and Southeast Asia.

If there’s one enviable job in the world, it’s judging each year’s entries into the Gerber Photo Search contest. Who wouldn’t want to look at thousands of adorable baby photos in order to pick 2019’s Gerber spokesbaby? Then again, choosing must’ve been especially hard this year, because Gerber got a record number of entries — more than 544,000 to be exact. And now, they’ve chosen a winner: Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina. Look how cute she is in her contest-winning photo:

“As soon as we saw her photo, we fell in love with Kairi’s expressive eyes and angelic face, looking toward the future and being excited for all that it holds,” Bill Partyka, President and CEO of Gerber, said in a statement. “We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber.”

Kairi’s winning smile. Gerber

So, who is Kairi? According to her parents, the 15-month-old loves to play hide and seek and build forts with blankets. She has a spunky attitude and vibrant facial expressions. And she was named after a character from the video game Kingdom Hearts. For winning the contest, Kairi will be featured on Gerber’s social media channels, and she’ll win a prize of $50,000.

Kairi is going to have some big shoes to fill. Last year’s spokesbaby, Lucas, the first spokesbaby with Down syndrome, was incredibly charming — he even had a hand in picking his successor! But Kairi is making history as well: She’s the first Gerber spokesbaby of Hmong descent.

Meanwhile, the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, is still alive at 92 years old. In addition to her infant modeling, she had a long career as a teacher and a writer of mystery novels.

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FOREVER BABY FACE: Happy 92nd Birthday to Ann Turner Cook, the OG #Gerber baby! ❤️👶🏼👶🏽👶🏿👶🏻👶🏾❤️ #StillRockingTheBabyFace #AnnTurnerCook

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That’s a lot to live up to! But it looks like Kairi is off to a good start, and she’s headed for an amazing year.

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Gerber Baby Contest: Become a Gerber Baby by Entering the Baby Photo Contest

Entertaining the Idea: Becoming a Gerber Baby

Parents from all over the world are wondering how can their child become a Gerber baby? While others are pondering how to submit photos for a chance at Gerber baby modeling?

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Today, we’re answering these questions for you.

Wondering and pondering no more…

The short answer: Gerber Baby Contest known as the Gerber Photo Search

The only way to become the new Gerber baby is to enter the Gerber Photo Search contest and wins the grand prize.

You don’t have to sign your baby up for anything to enter these Gerber baby contests.

For example since 2017 and 2018, Gerber utilized Instagram to runs the Gerber Photo Search contest.

All you have to do is signup for an Instagram account if you don’t have one. Once you signed up or already have an Instagram account then simply upload your baby photos with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018.

(Note: That hashtag was from the 2018 contest using as an example. Another example, #GerberPhotoSearch2017 for 2017 contest.)

That’s it.

Of course there are contest rules that you need to know.

You have to wait until Gerber announces the contest. The contest runs only once a year. And your photos will only count during the submission period.

You cannot submit or upload photos before or after the submission period. It will be disqualified if you do.

However, before we get ahead of ourselves. The Gerber baby contest is not for everyone.

It’s not for you if…

  • If you’re a resident of Canada or other parts of the world that’s not US then the Gerber baby contest is not for you. It’s only for residents of the 50 United States, Washington D.C., or Puerto Rico.
  • If you enjoy your privacy and private life and don’t want to be disturbed then this baby photo contest is not for you. If win, you and your baby will become part of the Gerber family and will be publicized.
  • If you want to keep ownership of your photos then this baby contest is not for you. Once you upload your photos to Gerber you’re no longer own those photos.

Are you still entertaining the idea that your cute baby could win the next Gerber baby contest?

One look is all it took for a 15-month-old from Hickory, North Carolina, to win the hearts of Gerber Photo Search judges. Kairi Yang beat out more than 544,000 contestants ranging in age from birth to 4, to become Gerber’s 2019 spokesbaby — and the first Gerber baby of Hmong descent.

“Kairi was chosen because of the wide-eyed curiosity and the look of wonder we saw in her eyes,” Bill Partyka, the president and CEO of Gerber, tells TODAY Parents. “Her expressiveness in the winning photo reminds us of looking to the future through a child’s eyes and being excited for all that it holds.”

This is the winning photo of Kairi that captured the judges’ hearts.Courtesy Vue Family/Gerber Products Company

When Ying Vue and her husband, Peter Yang, learned that their daughter had nabbed the coveted title, they didn’t have many calls to make. That’s because the North Carolina couple, who are both Hmong, share a home with their parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. “Hmong in our eyes is all about the close bonds we have with our relatives during life and afterlife,” Vue tells TODAY. (The Hmong — pronounced mung in English — are an ethnic group from China and Southeast Asia and have their own language.)

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“Being surrounded by all her family has been a very positive influence on Kairi’s life, especially when it comes to preserving our culture and tradition,” Vue, a Thailand native, tells TODAY. “Kairi will grow up knowing how to read and write in Hmong, so that she can speak with her grandparents.” But for now, the little girl enjoys listening to nursery rhymes, building blanket forts and playing with her dad.

“Kairi’s positive energy and smile lights up our life,” gushes Vue. “She has a one-of-a-kind personality.”

Kairi’s parents are proud to be raising their daughter in America while still honoring and teaching her Hmong traditions.Courtesy Vue Family/Gerber Products Company

Last year’s winner, Lucas Warren, the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome, served as an honorary judge on the panel that selected Kairi. “He knows what it takes to be a Gerber spokesbaby, so he was brought in for his expertise,” Bernadette Tortorella, the associate director of media for Gerber, tells TODAY “We are excited that he was part of welcoming baby Kairi.”

The original Gerber Baby, Ann Turner Cook, 92, has simple advice for newly-minted ambassador. “The best way to be happy is to help others be happy,” the mystery novelist tells TODAY. (Cook became the face of Gerber after her family submitted a charcoal drawing of her for a company contest in 1928.)

New Gerber baby meets the original one (who’s now 91!)

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Kairi’s family received $50,000 and she will be featured on Gerber’s social media channels throughout the year.

“We actually debated whether or not to enter Kairi. But we thought regardless of the outcome, she was going to be a winner in our eyes,” Ying tells TODAY. “We are so glad we decided to submit her photo.”

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Gerber is looking for babies to be in the running for the 2019 spokes baby. The world-famous company is looking for newborns to 4-year-old toddlers.

Gerber announced its 2018 photo search Monday — for the 2019 spokesbaby. Aside from seeing your little one featured on Gerber’s social media channels and having them serve as an adorable ambassador for the brand, the family of the baby chosen will receive a grand prize of $50,000. Diaper, day care or college fund, anyone?

Submitting your child’s photo is as easy as sharing a favorite, recent photo on Instagram using #GerberPhotoSearch2018.

Gerber suggests keeping your Instagram account public so that judges can view your photo.

In 2018, Lucas Warren was picked as the 2018 Gerber spokes baby. Gerber CEO Bill Partyka said every year they choose a baby who exemplifies the company’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and Lucas was that baby.

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“Lucas was chosen out of more than 140,000 entries because of his expressiveness and his contagious smile,” Partyka said. “We’re excited for Lucas to now pass the torch to our 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby by serving as an honorary judge on this year’s panel!”

Lucas’ mom says she loved the experience.

“(We) are so proud and humbled by the love the world has shown our little boy,” his mom said. “We look forward to meeting this year’s Photo Search winner and can’t wait to see where this incredible journey takes them, just like it has for us!”

Entries will be accepted through Oct. 20.

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How to Get Your Baby Into Modeling

Everyone says your baby is beautiful. You think they’re just being nice, but after even strangers insist, “Your baby should be a model,” you start to think that maybe they’re right. Perhaps your child’s sweet smile could even help fund her college education. But you don’t know what’s involved or whom to contact. We went to the people who work at some of the country’s top child modeling agencies and asked them a few common questions:

What are the chances of my baby getting modeling jobs?

First, you need to understand that most jobs are in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. New York and Los Angeles are the centers of television, advertising, magazine, and catalog worlds, and Miami frequently hosts location shoots because of the good weather. There’s work in other cities too, but mostly for local (rather than national) advertising campaigns.

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Competition is fierce, but not impossible to overcome. According to Mike Buess, former owner of Product, an agency in New York City that represents child models from birth through age 16, every day an agency gets a several-inches-high stack of letters and pictures from parents. Out of each day’s stack, they generally want to meet two or three kids.

Lindsay Stewart, former director of the children’s division of Jet Set Models in La Jolla, California, agrees. She says that out of about 100 submissions, she’ll meet about eight children and end up working with three at most.

What makes a good baby model?

Unlike supermodels, babies don’t have to be perfect, says Wendy Rose of Ford Models in New York City. But they do need to have beautiful features, such as clear skin, bright eyes, great hair, and an easy smile.

But the word that comes up most often is “different.” To Buess, an ideal candidate is one who is slightly exotic, not necessarily “all-American.” For instance, he’s found work for boys with dreadlocks or longer-than-average hair. Stewart also likes nontraditional looks, such as Asian kids with green eyes and freckles or boys with Afros.

Of course, conventionally beautiful kids are in demand too.

But there are so many beautiful kids; they can’t all be models, right?

This is true. Agencies also look for “spark,” even in babies. A child’s personality should be so great that it shines through in a picture, Rose says. Agencies look for babies who don’t just stare at the camera but look, on film, like they’re embracing it—and whether your child photographs that way is hard for you to judge yourself. You know your child’s personality so well that you see it without effort. The question is, will everyone else feel drawn to your child just by looking at her photo?

If your child’s picture does catch the eye of someone at an agency, the next step is a meeting with an agency representative, so she or he can see how your child engages adult strangers. Agencies are looking for a baby who has a ton of personality and is happy and smiling, says Caroline Gleason, director of the children’s division of the Green Agency in Miami, which represents kids from babies through age 16. But if a baby starts crying and hugging the parent, you know she’s not going to work out, says Marshall.

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What can I do to make my baby’s photo stand out to an agency?

It’s more about what you shouldn’t do, caution industry insiders. Don’t pay for professional photos, which often look too posed. Don’t dress your child up or hide his or her hair under a hat. Gleason’s pet peeve is photos of babies with food smeared on their face. “That’s not cute,” she says. Neither are bunny rabbits, or Christmas trees, or any of the props they use in portrait studios. Gleason says that the best pictures are of babies wearing only diapers—or maybe a simple dress or shirt—sitting on the floor with virtually nothing in the background. No earrings, no bows, just a clean baby in an unfrilly outfit.

Also include your baby’s birthday and current clothing size. When agencies pick models, they’re filling age- and size-based holes in their roster. Maybe they already have several 12-month-old girls but need a 6-month-old, or an African-American newborn, or a size 2T Caucasian boy. If you don’t get called, that doesn’t mean that your child is rejected. You can always try again in three or four months to see if an agency has new openings, suggests Gleason.

Do I need an agency? Can’t I just send pictures directly to Baby Gap or Gerber?

Employees at Baby Gap and Gerber don’t sort through photo submissions. Why should they, when they can rely on the agencies to do that work? Plus, agencies teach parents etiquette and prep them for jobs—for instance, good agencies warn parents that they have no say in what their child will wear during a photo shoot. Finally, agencies have set fees so that the companies hiring their models don’t have to haggle about money. You can send your child’s photograph to everyone in the world, of course, but only child modeling agencies will give it serious consideration.

What agency should I start with?

Begin close to home. Check your Better Business Bureau for local modeling agencies that are registered with them and have good reputations. If there are none in your area, expand your search to the nearest big city—provided you’re willing to commute.

Be content to start with local ad campaigns and local commercials. If you and your child become really committed to modeling, then consider joining an agency in one of the three major cities so you can do national jobs. But you’ll have to move there to do it, cautions Stewart. Ford won’t hire models who are more than an hour’s drive from New York City.

If I get invited to an agency but my baby is having a bad day, can I reschedule?

Unless your baby is sick, just show up, advises Buess, who adds that agencies just don’t have that much time to be screening new models. If you get an email saying an agency wants to see you, call and book an appointment, and then don’t break it, Buess stresses. A parent who needs to reschedule sends up a red flag: that he or she may be unreliable about showing up to modeling jobs.

Can I do anything in the few minutes I’m there to make them see how wonderful my baby is?

The truth is, the agency is interviewing you as much as your child, and how you act can make or break your baby’s chance. Agencies expect parents to walk a fine line between being professional and laid-back. According to Stewart, agencies need parents to be completely committed, yet relaxed. Marshall adds that a parent can’t be pushy. You have to be able to cheerfully rearrange your schedule at the drop of a hat if an agency calls you to audition, and you have to not take rejections personally.

It’s also really important that only one parent bring one baby, says Gleason. Don’t bring the whole family to the agency and don’t come with excuses if you’re late.

How will I know if I’ve joined a good agency?

First, don’t confuse a model scout or a search firm with a modeling agency, Rose warns. A scout charges money to take your child’s picture and then just sends them to agencies anyway. You can just send pictures yourself, Rose advises.

A real agency should work tirelessly to get your child jobs—agents only earn money through commissions. (In the meantime, you shouldn’t have to pay the agency anything, ever.) You sit back and wait for phone calls about auditions (also called castings or go-sees) and should hear from the agency perhaps once a week. Reputable agencies don’t mind if you stop by their office to update them as your child grows into bigger sizes.

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If my child is hired by an agency, how often will he work?

You may go to dozens of castings before your child gets a paying job. These go-sees can be brutal, with anywhere from two to 200 kids waiting in line. Whoever is doing the hiring (a clothing company, a magazine) will snap a Polaroid of your child and may ask if you have an additional picture on hand. Every once in a while, your child will be asked to try on an outfit, but usually the whole process (after you’ve waited your turn) is over in a minute.

What kind of work do baby models do?

The bread-and-butter work is for catalogs, store circulars, and in-store advertising posters. In New York City, there’s more of the “prestige” work for fashion campaigns and magazines. In Los Angeles, there’s lucrative work in commercials, television, and movies. But even smaller cities occasionally get national attention; in Scottsdale, Arizona, Marshall has gotten kids into everything from Honda commercials to the movie Jerry Maguire.

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How lucrative are baby modeling jobs?

Don’t count on it funding your kid’s college education. Most child models make very little money. Something as exciting (if we may say so!) as the cover of Parents pays about $50 an hour. The rates for magazine and catalog photo shoots go up to $75 an hour, but remember that a baby can only work an hour or two a day, and not every day—plus the agency takes a 10- to 20-percent cut as commission.

High-end catalogs and print advertisers may pay more. In Los Angeles, big companies such as Gap Kids and Target can pay $125 an hour, says Stewart, and her agency tries to book babies for a minimum of two or three hours.

The scale rises with movies and television. Movie work pays about $3,000 a week, but you don’t get any extra money if the movie does well. Babies are just starting out, so there are no negotiations, says Stewart.

Television commercials, on the other hand, are highly lucrative. You get $500 for your session fee—the actual filming—residuals based on when and where the commercial is aired, Stewart explains. Residuals are additional paychecks. A local commercial playing on a cable station won’t earn much, but a commercial that airs on a network, especially during prime time, can earn your child $10,000 to $25,000! Just keep in mind that a commercial includes one or two children, whereas a catalog has dozens, so getting commercial work is that much harder.

Even if it never pays off, modeling is still fun, isn’t it?

Babies are generally happy on sets as long as a relaxed parent is with them. But as kids grow older, their interest may wane. Parents, too, often burn out. Just to get to a casting call, which pays nothing, parents often have to free up their whole day, fight traffic, pay for parking, and then entertain their kids while they wait in line, points out Gleason.

Most of the kids who do it really love it, and that’s the best part—seeing them enjoy the work, Rose says. It is work, but kids don’t seem to know that. They’re just having a good time. Just remember to let the kids lead the way. Buess advises that you look at it as something to add to their childhood, but never let it become their whole childhood.

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The original Gerber baby and Gerber’s 2018 spokesbaby, Lucas Warren, recently posed in a photo that’s tugging at heart strings.

Ann Turner Cook, 91, who’s still portrayed in the brand’s iconic trademark logo, recently met Lucas and his family.

The Warrens said that Cook and Lucas “immediately bonded.”

“Lucas walked right up to her, flashing his signature smile and waving, and we could tell he loved her right away,” the Warrens told ABC News in a statement today. “He even grabbed two cookies and offered her one, which she accepted! Ann Turner Cook is truly a wonderful woman and pleasure to be around, and we couldn’t be more grateful that she took the time to meet with our family.”

Gerber posted a photo of the encounter on the company’s Instagram page Tuesday. The Warrens were on a trip near Cook’s home and asked if Gerber could arrange the meeting, the company told ABC News in a statement.

“Gerber saw this as the perfect opportunity for the two iconic Gerber babies to meet in person,” a spokesperson wrote in an email. “As you can see in this photo, Ann Turner Cook and Lucas were all smiles when they met!”

Lucas Warren was revealed as the Gerber Spokesbaby 2018 in February. He also has Down syndrome.

But Gerber said that’s not why he was chosen.

Bernadette Tortorella, senior media manager for Gerber, told “Good Morning America” that Lucas was chosen from 140,000 entries for “the twinkle in his eye and his rosy cheeks,” along with his sparkling personality.

Lucas’ mother, Cortney Warren of Dalton, Georgia, told “GMA” at the time that when she was “completely shocked” when she found out Lucas had been selected. She described Lucas as “very energetic, loves to make others laugh. He’s never met a stranger.”

Jason Warren called his son being chosen “an honor.”

“He has a platform to spread joy to everyone and we can’t wait to see how much he changes people’s perception on what it means to be a baby with Down syndrome,” he said.

ABC News’ Genevieve Shaw Brown contributed to this report.

A Gerber spokeswoman told USA Today\u00a0Lucas and his family happened to be in Cook\u0027s neighborhood and asked Gerber to set up a meeting between the families.

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Lucas Warren was named the newest poster baby for Gerber baby food earlier this year, now he’s in the spotlight again for taking an adorable photo with the original Gerber baby. The picture shows Ann Turner Cook embracing baby Lucas — with the duo going for big smiles.

Cook’s grandson, Chris Collin, shared the image over the weekend, racking over 56,000 likes on Twitter and quickly going viral. It was also featured on Gerber’s Instagram account.

My grandmother was the Gerber baby. It was a funny bit of trivia, never made her rich or got us free strained peas or anything. But last week she got to meet the company’s newest spokesbaby, named Lucas. Pretty pretttty cute. pic.twitter.com/u7ddWaM1Ed

— Chris Colin (@chriscolin3000)June 4, 2018

“My grandmother was the Gerber baby,” he tweeted. “It was a funny bit of trivia, never made her rich or got us free strained peas or anything. But last week she got to meet the company’s newest spokesbaby, named Lucas. Pretty pretttty cute.”

Cook, 91, was chosen as the original Gerber baby after her family submitted a charcoal drawing of her when she was four months old to the baby food company in 1928. The image later became the company’s official trademark in 1931.

Lucas also became the spokesbaby after a photo search. He is the first child with Down syndrome to be chosen to be a Gerber spokesbaby.

Collin also tweeted a picture with his smiling grandma next to the classic image as further proof.

Receipts! pic.twitter.com/UBzFaBSxPK

— Chris Colin (@chriscolin3000)June 4, 2018

A Gerber spokeswoman told USA Today Lucas and his family happened to be in Cook’s neighborhood and asked Gerber to set up a meeting between the families.

Each year, the company chooses a new baby and family who also take home a $50,000 prize.

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The Gerber Baby, All Grown Up and Almost 90 Years Old

In the 1920s, Gerber held a contest to find a face for their new advertising campaign. A sketch of an adorable baby, drawn by artist Dorothy Hope Smith, was selected, and for the past nine decades, shoppers have seen this iconic image at grocery stores around the world. Today, the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, is almost 90 years old.
Although she may be one of the most recognizable children of all time, Ann says she hasn’t given much thought to her modeling gig. “All the years when I went to college and so forth, I didn’t tell people that I was the model for the Gerber baby,” she says. “That would seem a little self-promoting.”
Ann, who was about 4 months old when the sketch was drawn, says it’s the artist who deserves the recognition. “Dorothy Hope Smith doesn’t get as much credit as she should,” Ann says. “I think she captured an image of a happy, healthy baby, and I think that’s exactly what all mothers hope that their babies will be. And I think she was only paid about $300 for the drawing.”
Watch the above video to see Ann share photos from her childhood. Plus, Ann reveals how she’s been compensated over the years.
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The 2019 Gerber “spokesbaby” has been announced, and she’s a cutie.

Gerber said Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina, beat out about 544,000 others who entered on Instagram to be named the face of the brand for the year. The 9th annual Photo Search contest was announced in October.

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“As soon as we saw her photo, we fell in love with Kairi’s expressive eyes and angelic face, looking toward the future and being excited for all that it holds,” Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka said in a statement. “We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber.”

The 2018 face of the brand, Lucas Warren, was an honorary judge on the panel for this year. He made history as the first Gerber Baby with Down syndrome.

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Today.com reported Kairi made history this year as the first first Gerber baby of Hmong descent.

Hmong is an ethnic group from China and Southeast Asia with their own language, which Kairi’s mother, Ying Vue, says she will learn.

“Being surrounded by all her family has been a very positive influence on Kairi’s life, especially when it comes to preserving our culture and tradition,” Vue, who is originally from Thailand, told Today. “Kairi will grow up knowing how to read and write in Hmong, so that she can speak with her grandparents.”

Winners of the contest are featured on Gerber’s social media, and their family gets $50,000.

“When we first found out Kairi won, we were speechless and couldn’t believe it.” Vue said in news release. “Kairi’s personality is larger than life, and she always maintains a spunky attitude.”

Today reported the 1-year-old enjoys nursery rhymes and playing with her dad, Peter Yang.

For the 10th anniversary of the photo search, Gerber will launch the contest globally.

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The winner of Gerber’s ninth annual photo contest is just 15 months old, but she’s already making history. Baby Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina was chosen out of a record-breaking 544,000 entries, according to Gerber. She is the first official Gerber baby of Hmong descent, Gerber said in a statement to CBS News. Hmong is an ethnic group from China and Southeast Asia.

Kairi will appear as Gerber’s “spokesbaby” on social media, and her family will receive $50,000 for winning the contest, according to Gerber’s press release. Her parents submitted a close-up picture of Kairi’s sweet face, which was ultimately chosen as the winning photo.

“As soon as we saw her photo, we fell in love with Kairi’s expressive eyes and angelic face, looking toward the future and being excited for all that it holds,” Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber, said. “We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber.”

This is the winning photo Kairi’s parents sent to Gerber. “We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber,” Gerber’s president and CEO said Tuesday. The Yang Family

Last year’s official Gerber baby made history, as well, as the company’s first-ever Gerber baby with Down syndrome. Lucas Warren was embraced by the world and Gerber invited him to serve as an honorary judge this year, the company said. Lucas helped choose Kairi as the next spokesbaby.

Kairi’s parents were “speechless” at the news and “beyond thrilled,” said her mom, Ying Vue. “Kairi’s personality is larger than life, and she always maintains a spunky attitude. We hope Kairi’s one-of-a-kind, entertaining personality and vibrant facial expressions radiate positivity around the world, just like she does in our home every single day!”

The Yang family is Hmong, which is an ethnic group from China and Southeast Asia. Kairi is the first spokesbaby of Hmong descent. The Yang Family

The first ever Gerber baby was Ann Turner Cook, whose picture is featured on the brand’s logo. Cook, who is now 91 years old, was chosen after her family submitted a charcoal drawing of her when she was 4 months old in 1928. Her photo became the company’s official trademark in 1931.

In 2010, the company started a photo contest to choose even more Gerber babies to represent the brand on social media. For the past nine years, Gerber has chosen a diverse group of winners to serve as “spokesbabies.” Now the company says it’s planning to launch an even bigger global search ahead of the tenth anniversary contest.

The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia who is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest’s start in 2010.

“He’s very outgoing and never meets a stranger,” Lucas’s mom, Cortney, told TODAY Parents. “He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh.”

The winning photo of Lucas, submitted by his mom, Cortney Warren, to the Gerber Spokesbaby contest.Gerber/Cortney Warren

Cortney Warren said she entered the Gerber contest on a whim, after a relative pointed out an ad seeking submissions. After posting a photo of Lucas on Instagram using the contest’s hashtag, Cortney and her husband, Jason, received the news that their son had been chosen from more than 140,000 entries to be the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby.

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Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, says Lucas’s smile and happy expression captured the hearts of the Gerber team.

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“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” said Partyka. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

“We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited,” dad Jason Warren said. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”

Lucas, 1, with his parents, Cortney and Jason Warren.Gerber/Cortney Warren

Katie Driscoll is founder and president of Changing the Face of Beauty, a non-profit organization committed to advocating for equal representation of people with disabilities in adverting and media. Driscoll says brands like Gerber have the power to change the future of the disability community by valuing the minority as a consumer in their advertising.

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“We believe if brands represent children with a disability, they are communicating their value to our society,” said Driscoll. “Moves like this move us closer to a more inclusive world.”

“He may have Down syndrome,” said Cortney Warren of her son, “but he’s always Lucas first.”Gerber/Cortney Warren

Cortney says she hopes her son will be seen not only as a baby with Down syndrome, but also as a funny, energetic child who loves music and socializing.

“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” said Cortney. “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child… we’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

This story was originally published in February 2018.