The Gerber baby may have the most recognizable face of any baby ever. But did you know that the Gerber baby is not just a sketch, but based on an actual person? Yep, and that person is still alive and well and just turned 90-years-old.
Some people thought that the Gerber baby could also have been Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth did look a bit like the Gerber baby but, she was about four years too young to be the iconic baby. Elizabeth Taylor was born in 1932.
“The Gerber Company had not wanted publicity, because if the baby was identified as a girl, the little boys would feel like they didn’t have representation,” Ann said on Oprah last year. “They wanted everyone to be able to identify with the baby as their child.”
12. She Doesn't Acknowledge Her Long-Running Modeling Career Much
Ann isn’t a person who likes to boast much. Until her identity was revealed in the late ‘70s, she pretty much kept it to herself.
“All the years when I went to college and so forth, I didn’t tell people that I was the model for the Gerber baby. That would seem a little self-promoting,” Ann told Opera.
Instead, she thinks the real credit should be given to the artist who drew the sketch.
“It’s not an achievement of mine. It’s the achievement of the artist. Dorothy Hope Smith doesn’t get as much credit as she should,” Ann said. “She captured an image of a happy, healthy baby, and I think that’s exactly what all mothers hope that their babies will be.”
13. Even Though Gerber Selected New Babies, She's Still The OGB
In 2012, Gerber picked a new Gerber baby to represent the company, Mary Jane Montoya. However, Ann’s iconic image has remained on the packaging. Since the original 1928 baby search, there have been five more. The 6th annual Gerber baby is baby Isla.