Meet Kairi Yang: the 2019 Gerber Baby Making History

She was chosen for the “look of wonder” in her eyes.
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ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Feb 2019
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The eyes speak their own language, and one-year-old Kairi Yang’s did all the talking. The adorable girl was named the 2019 Gerber baby, beating out more than 54,000 contestants ranging from newborn to 4-years-old, TODAY reports. She marks the first Gerber baby of Hmong descent.

“Kairi was chosen because of the wide-eyed curiosity and the look of wonder we saw in her eyes,” Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber, tells TODAY Parents. “Her expressiveness in the winning photo reminds us of looking to the future through a child’s eyes and being excited for all that it holds.”

The Hmong are an ethnic group from China and Southeast Asia who have their own language. The North Carolina baby comes from a tight-knit family. She lives in a home with her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, the family tells TODAY.

The newest Gerber spokesbaby joins a roster of adorable talent. The parent’s of last year’s winner, Lucas Warren, submitted a photo of their son on a whim. Little did they know he’d become the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome.

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