I'm a sucker for a sweet face, but I have to be honest, the classic Gerber baby always seemed a little too perfect to me. Like one good snuggly hug from me would forever flatten the little curled-up hairs above her ears. Still, when I heard the company named its spokesbaby of 2015, I was eager to see the winner.
Be still my heart!
Meet 7-month-old Grace, from East Petersburg, PA, whose mom, Gabrielle, took this ridiculously cute photo and submitted it for the company's fifth-annual Photo Search contest. It ended up beating out entries from more than 180,000 other too-cute kiddos. While I can't imagine choosing just one winner here, I can see why baby Grace won over the judges: The soft downy hair, the sweetest smile imaginable, the adorable rolls here there and everywhere -- what's not to love about this picture? (Gerber's marketing specialist Cassie Savage chalked up the W to Grace's "captivating charm [that] stole the judges' hearts.")
Even more amazing? This was only the fifth photo Gabrielle had taken of her daughter that day. She explained in a press release, "She must have taken her hands out of her mouth and posed them like that for a split second, because I didn't even realize how cute she was posing until after I was completely done taking pictures and looking back at what I had just taken!"
As the 2015 spokesbaby, she receives $50,000, a year of Gerber baby food, and the chance to appear in an ad for the company. The cutie is also probably responsible for any spontaneous oohs and aahs you hear today. Congratulations, Grace!
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
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Image of Grace courtesy of Gerber