Introducing… Magnolia Earl!
On Friday, Gerber announced that the cute tot from Ross, California, is the winner of its 10th Annual Photo Search.
The adorable infant, who turns 1 on Saturday, is also the first adopted Gerber Spokesbaby.
“At Gerber, we have always recognized that every baby is a Gerber baby,” the baby food and products company said in a statement to “Today.” “In the 10 years we have hosted Photo Search, we have been proud to feature babies of diverse backgrounds. This year is no exception by featuring Magnolia, our first adopted Gerber Spokesbaby.”
Out of 327,000 entries, baby Magnolia “captured the hearts of the judging panel with her joyful expression, playful smile and warm, engaging gaze,” they wrote in their announcement.
While appearing on “Today,” Magnolia’s parents, Courtney and Russell, and siblings, Whitney, 12, and Charlotte, 8 — who are also adopted — celebrated the 11-month-old’s accomplishment.
“This is incredible,” Courtney told the morning show. “It means that when people see our families, or if you see a family that doesn’t necessarily match, that you don’t have to question the belonging of anybody in that family.”
“Mommy always says a family is built on love,” Russell added. “We may all look different, but we’re one family.”
On May 9, 2019, the Earl family received a call from an adoption agency that Magnolia’s biological mother was in labor and wanted to talk to them.
“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,” Courtney said in a press release.
The Earls also told “Today” that they still keep in contact with Magnolia’s birth parents, who were told that Magnolia was a Gerber finalist on Thursday.
“If you could hear the joy in their voice of how proud they are of this little girl,” Courtney said while tearing up. “Together with them and our community and our family, we all this love this baby girl so much.”
In addition to being featured on the company’s social media channels and marketing campaigns for the next year, Magnolia and her family were awarded a $25,000 cash prize, $1,000 in Gerber Childrenswear, $1,000 from Walmart, and new phones with a year of free unlimited service from Verizon.