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Original Gerber Baby, Ann Turner Cook, Turns 90

Ann Turner Cook has been the face of Gerber since 1931.

The original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, just turned 90!

To mark her milestone birthday on Sunday, Gerber shared a sweet video on Instagram showing Cook holding her iconic baby picture. While we wouldn’t recognize her today, Cook still has the same bright eyes and cherub cheeks that have charmed us for years.

Happy 90th birthday to the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook! 👶🎂🎉

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Cook became the face of Gerber baby products when she was just four months old. In 1927, family friend Dorothy Hope Smith created a rough sketch of the baby girl in charcoal. A year later, when Gerber launched a contest looking for an image for their brand, Smith sent in her drawing and won.

In 1931, the iconic photo of Cook became Gerber’s official trademark.

Watch the video above to hear more.

When Cook grew up, she became an English literature and creative writing teacher in Florida, Inside Edition reports. After she retired, she became a mystery writer. Cook is now known for her Brandy O'Bannon series.

While Gerber has never changed its iconic logo, it has held annual photo contests since 2010 to find new infants to be the company’s spokesbaby. This year, an adorable baby girl named Isla was chosen to represent the company.

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