Original Gerber baby celebrates its 93rd birthday nine decades after it has become the face of the brand

The woman whose face inspired the Gerber baby drawing has just turned 93.

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The baby food maker, Gerber, says that Ann Turner Cook celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.

Cook was about four months old in 1927 when her image was sketched in charcoal by a friend of the family.

Ann Turner Cook, above, was not paid until the 1950s, when she received a lump sum for contributing her face to make Gerber one of the most famous companies in the world

Ann Turner Cook, above, was not paid until the 1950s, when she received a lump sum for contributing her face to make Gerber one of the most famous companies in the world

Cook & # 39; s large blue eyes, blonde curls and floppy expression became world famous

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The drawing was submitted to Gerber a year later when the company called for the use of images in its new baby food advertisements.

Shortly after her drawing won the competition, it was featured on every Gerber product and became a symbol of the happy, healthy baby.

Cook's photo became the company's official trademark in 1931.

She did not know how important that drawing would be, both for the company and for her. & # 39; I can think of nothing more beautiful than to be a symbol for baby's & # 39; s, & # 39; said the retired English teacher. & # 39; And that is what I think I have become. & # 39;

Cook became a mother of four and taught 26 years of literature and writing in Tampa, Florida, before retiring in 1989, but it took Turner Cook more than two decades to get paid for her iconic face.

Gerber noticed the picture in 1931 and in the early 1950s the company paid her a lump sum – & # 39; enough to make a down payment for a modest house and to buy a first car & # 39 , she says – for her role in the company, according to CBS News.

Ann Turner Cook poses at her home in Tampa with a copy of her photo that is used on all Gerber baby food products

Ann Turner Cook poses at her home in Tampa with a copy of her photo that is used on all Gerber baby food products

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Ann Turner Cook poses at her home in Tampa with a copy of her photo that is used on all Gerber baby food products

Cook, now a great-grandmother, still has the same happy grin and sparkling eyes she had as a baby when artist Dorothy Hope Smith, her neighbor in Connecticut, decided to sketch her.

& # 39; I always had that expression with my mouth open, & # 39; Mrs. Cook laughed. & # 39; Kind of an interrogative expression! & # 39;

She believes that people have been identifying with the sketch for so many years because it reminds them of their own babies. Everyone says, my baby or my grandchild looks like baby Gerber. And it doesn't matter what the ethnicity is. And I say, "Yes, I'm sure they will!"

Cook, in the middle, said her mouth was always open in a & # 39; interrogative & # 39; expression, just like the one in the famous sketch. For years there were rumors that Liz Taylor was the Gerber baby

Cook, in the middle, said her mouth was always open in a & # 39; interrogative & # 39; expression, just like the one in the famous sketch. For years there were rumors that Liz Taylor was the Gerber baby

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Cook, in the middle, said her mouth was always open in a & # 39; interrogative & # 39; expression, just like the one in the famous sketch. For years there were rumors that Liz Taylor was the Gerber baby

CEO Marilyn Knox said that there is & # 39; little doubt & # 39; that Mrs. Cook's face played an important role in the success of the company.

& # 39; You don't even have to have the word Gerber on it. That face is honored because we do the best for our child, & she explained.

Indeed, the drawing adorns a flag at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Michigan, and is etched in stone near the main entrance of the building.

Gerber kept Mrs. Cook's identity a secret until 1978, allowing myths to circulate that the sketch depicted Humphrey Bogart as a baby, or Elizabeth Taylor.

Gerber posted this photo and the post of Ann Turner Cook on his Instagram page
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Gerber posted this photo and the post of Ann Turner Cook on his Instagram page

Gerber posted this photo and the post of Ann Turner Cook on his Instagram page

Cook still appears regularly on television. She was shown here in 2012 on NBC & # 39; s Today

Cook still appears regularly on television. She was shown here in 2012 on NBC & # 39; s Today

Cook still appears regularly on television. She was shown here in 2012 on NBC & # 39; s Today

Cook was aware of the fact that it was her face from a very young age. & # 39; I was probably about three years old when mother pointed out the baby food jar and said it was my picture, and I thought it was a very beautiful thing! & # 39; she laughed.

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As she grew older, her family also came to associate her with the baby food brand. & # 39; My own children would go to a supermarket and they would point to a Gerber baby food and they would say, "That's my mother's photo!" For those who walked by! & # 39; she remembered.

& # 39; And you know, I didn't know if I had to stop and explain because it's a kind of complicated story or just some sort of grin and keep it up! & # 39;

Gerber has annual competitions for his new baby and the winner of 2018 was a dark-haired girl named Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina.

Kairi Yang is the Gerber baby of 2018

Kairi Yang is the Gerber baby of 2018

Gerber has annual competitions for his new baby and the winner of 2018 was a dark-haired girl named Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina.

Gerber has annual competitions for his new baby and the winner of 2018 was a dark-haired girl named Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina.

Gerber has annual competitions for his new baby and the winner of 2018 was a dark-haired girl named Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina.

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