Ann Turner Cook was only 4-months-old when her sketch was chosen to be the face of now an iconic baby food brand Gerber. The retired English teacher who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, feels amazing to be the symbol of an iconic baby food brand.
“I can’t think of anything nicer than to be a symbol for babies,” she said. “And that’s what I think I became.” For nearly 8 decades, her adorable baby face had been representing the popular food brand but Cook chose to keep it a secret. Dorothy Hope Smith, their neibhour at the time, decided to draw a sketch of Cook when she was a toddler, after which she entered the art in a contest and her portrait won. Soon her face was all over Gerber products and in 1931 the company trademarked the photo.
In 1950, Cook was paid for her photo. She received enough to pay off her mortgage and buy her first car.
Cook knew from the start that it was her face on Gerber food. “I probably was about three years old when Mother pointed out the baby food jar and said that was my picture, and I thought it was quite a lovely thing!’ she laughed,” she said.
In 2014, Cook helped Gerber company find a new face to represent their brand. 8-month-old Mary Jane Montoya won the contest beating nearly 300,000 other baby contestants.
(Source: Little Things)