Original Gerber baby Ann Turner Cook meets new Gerber baby Mary Jane Montoya (Video)

By on Nov 7, 2012 in Food, Lifestyle, Parenting, Television, United States Comments

Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, met with the new face of Gerber, Mary Jane Montoya, as shown in the video below. The latter won the 2012 Gerber Generation Photo Search contest, hosted at Gerber‘s official Facebook contest page. Ms. Cook met Mary Jane and her parents at NBC‘s Today show last Tuesday.

new Gerber baby Mary Jane Montoya

New Gerber baby Mary Jane Montoya
Image Credit: Gerber/Today show

As announced by the Gerber Products Company, at Gerber.com on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Mary Jane Montoya, 8 months old, of Fresno, California is the new star of the Gerber Generation, after winning against 307,000 other cute babies that joined the contest during the six-week entry period this year.

According to the press release, Sara, Mary Jane‘s mother, will receive a $50,000 cash prize, and Mary Jane will have the chance to appear in future Gerber advertisement campaigns, with Mary Jane‘s photo garnering over 2.5 million new ‘Likes’ at Gerber‘s Facebook contest page.

“It took a little while to get that picture, too, because she would not stop looking at the grass and looking at the birds… of course we think our baby is adorable and beautiful, but every parent sees that in their child.” Sara, who was with her husband Billy Montoya and Mary Jane, told NBC‘s Today show host Natalie Morales.

Nevertheless, Ann Turner Cook, now 85, was also a guest in the show. She won the first Gerber baby nationwide contest in 1928. Three years later, her portrait was trademarked and has been the face of every Gerber product ever since. It will still remain as the original face of Gerber and will not be replaced.

“It’s been wonderful to me to be the symbol for babies and I’ve become a symbol worldwide for babies. I can always be very proud of the product.” Ms. Cook said, who now lives in Tampa, Florida and a mother of four grown children, adding that she finds Mary Jane as an adorable and a delightful baby.

Original Gerber Baby Ann Turner Cook new Gerber Baby
Original Gerber Baby model Ann Turner Cook (center), poses with new Gerber baby model
Mary Jane Montoya and her parents Sara and Billy Montoya

Image Credit: Amy Sussman/AP Images for Gerber

Original Gerber Baby Ann Turner Cook, meeting the new Gerber winner
Mary Jane Montoya

Video Credit: NBC’s Today show

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