Meet the newest Gerber baby! Magnolia Earl, from Ross, California, is the winner of Gerber’s 10th annual photo competition. She was chosen as the 2020 Gerber spokesbaby from more than 300,000 entries.
Baby Magnolia, who has a lot to celebrate this week as she also turns 1 today, won over the judges with her “joyful smile and sunny personality.”
But beyond being a cute face, this Gerber baby is making history as the first-ever adopted Gerber spokesbaby.
“Magnolia has brought so much joy to everyone she meets. Her personality is beyond happy and joyful,” said Magnolia’s mother Courtney Earl, in a statement.
“On May 9th, 2019 we received a call from the Adoption Agency that there was an expectant mom that was in labor and wanted to talk to us! We pulled off the highway, got a chance to connect with her amazing birth parents, and a few hours later, this sweet baby girl was born,” Earl said. “Adoption is incredibly special to our family’s story. Winning Photo Search is an opportunity to tell Magnolia’s story and shed light on all the beautiful and different ways families are made.”
It’s a heart-warming story made all the more special by the challenges of the current coronavirus pandemic.
“At a time when we are yearning for connection and unity, Magnolia and her family remind us of the many things that bring us together: our desire to love and be loved, our need to find belonging, and our recognition that family goes way beyond biology,” said Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka.
As the 2020 Gerber baby, Magnolia will be featured on Gerber’s social media channels and marketing campaigns throughout the year. She and her family also won a $25,000 cash prize, $1,000 in Gerber Childrenswear, $1,000 from Walmart, and phones with a year of free unlimited service from Verizon.