Hmong baby is the new face of Gerber

More than a half million people sent photos of their babies in this year’s bid to be the Gerber baby.

Only one made it.

This one:

Kairi Yang is the first Gerber baby of Hmong descent, the company said in its press release:

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,” said Bill Partyka, President and CEO, Gerber. “We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber. It’s been an incredible year celebrating our 2018 Spokesbaby Lucas Warren and his family, and we are excited to see the world fall in love all over again with our newest Spokesbaby.”

Since the world embraced the story of Lucas, Gerber invited him to serve as an honorary judge on this year’s panel to bookend his reign as Spokesbaby and to help welcome Kairi to the Gerber family.

“When we first found out Kairi won, we were speechless and couldn’t believe it. We are beyond thrilled that our sweet Kairi is Gerber’s 2019 Spokesbaby,” said Kairi’s 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!”

Launched in 2010, Photo Search was inspired by the countless photos received over the years of parents who see their little ones in Gerber’s iconic baby logo, which features the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook.

Each year, Photo Search continues to grow bigger. Seeing how the world has embraced the welcoming of each Spokesbaby, Gerber is planning to launch Photo Search globally ahead of its 10th anniversary to continue celebrating babies from all communities.

On a web page for the “spokesbaby“, we learn that Kairi’s name is a nickname that her mom used in high school, a character from a game called Kingdom Hearts.

Today’s announcement concludes the reign of Lucas Warren, the first Gerber baby with Down Syndrome.

Lucas, we’re told, was a judge in this year’s competition.

The selection of a Hmong baby was too much for some people to handle.

  • Erik Petersen

    The selection of a Hmong baby was too much for some people to handle? How so? That’s not obvious from reading the first 100 comments on Instagram.

    • Al

      I’m seeing lots of comments, many in the first comments that pop up.

    • Really?


    • X.A. Smith

      There was a comment from Gerber that comments that cross a line are being deleted. But I found plenty of dog whistles in no time (such as posts bemoaning political correctness, etc.)

    • joetron2030

      Can’t wait to see to see all of the videos of dummies setting their Gerbers baby food on fire in protest over the selection of a beautiful baby. lol.

    • Rainy

      I’ve seen a lot of disgusting comments.

  • Feeling #blessed that we got a Kingdom Hearts mention on NewsCut before Bob’s retirement!

    • No idea what that is because I’m too busy trying to figure out what all this Ja Rule Timberwolves curse thing is all about. #Kids

      • It was among my favorite video games and played a large role in my formative years.

  • chlost

    What a sweet, sweet face. Congratulations!

  • KTFoley

    That’s a beautiful baby.

  • Mike Worcester

    //The selection of a Hmong baby was too much for some people to handle.

    Wow it really does not take much for people to let their true colors show. Reality must be so difficult for them to handle some..most?…days.

    I tip my hat to you Gerber.

    • KTFoley

      I’m guessing this isn’t the first announcement that drew out all kinds of foolishness.

      From the website photos of previous babies, Kairi and Lucas were preceded by equally adorable children with a range of different skin tones & hair types. Also, a set of twins!

      You go, Gerber’s.

  • Jim in RF

    How long does someone have to be in the US before you’re accepted? I taught ESL to Hmongs fresh out of the camps in the early 80s, so about 35 years or two generations ago. (It was a challenge. They didn’t have a tradition of writing so both the language and the concept of an alphabet was new.)

    It goes without saying that it probably has something to do with how you look — I’ve got a nephew whose ancestors arrived a couple of hundred years ago who gets looks when he goes into a different part of town.

    • jon

      Gerber is a national brand, so even if hmong are well accepted in the twin cities, or even the midwest (and I’m not suggesting that is the case), there is still the rest of the country who can freak out at this episode of “PC culture going to far!” (which again the quote almost always identifies the prejudice people, which we are still allowed to call out in a PC culture that has “gone to far”).

    • joetron2030

      I’ve lived in MN for close to 40 years now and I still don’t feel “accepted” because I’m not white nor African American.

  • The selection of a Hmong baby was too much for some people to handle.