We have a winner: 15-month-old Kairi Yang is the 2019 Gerber Baby Spokesbaby of the year. And we’ve got all the info on this year’s contest-winning—and history-making—cutie.

With 544,000 entrants, this year’s Gerber spokesbaby contest was its biggest yet. Last year’s winner, Lucas Warren, made history as the first child with Down syndrome to hold the Gerber spokesbaby title. Continuing in this groundbreaking fashion, the 2019 winner also has her very own first—Kairi is the first winner of Hmong descent in the contest’s nine years.

So how does a cute kiddo become the Gerber baby? According to Bill Patryka, President and CEO, Gerber, “As soon as we saw her photo, we fell in love with Kairi’s expressive eyes and angelic face, looking towards the future and being excited for all that it holds.” Patryka also added, “We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber.”

Like any parent, Kairi’s mom, Ying Vue,  was beyond thrilled at the win, “When we first found out Kairi won, we were speechless and couldn’t believe it.” The proud mama went on to say, “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!”

Adding a little something special to this year’s contest, Gerber invited the 2018 winner to serve as an honorary judge for the 2019 contest. And it looks like Lucas certainly helped the beloved brand with the perfect pick!

—Erica Loop

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Photos: Courtesy of Gerber

 

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