Curly tot na­tion’s cutest

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A cheru­bic tod­dler from Kar­ratha has been named Aus­tralia’s cutest baby and will be­come the face of cloth­ing com­pany Bonds af­ter she beat tens of thou­sands of en­trants in the highly com­pet­i­tive an­nual search.

An­nika Breg­ger, 18 months, has been crowned the over­all win­ner of the Bonds Baby Search 2017. She also took out the 7-18 month age cat­e­gory.

The com­pe­ti­tion, now in its 13th year, searches for the cutest ba­bies aged up to three years old, with a fo­cus on per­son­al­ity as well as pic­ture per­fect cute­ness.

The search this year at­tracted a record in­take of more than 65,000 en­tries and al­most one mil­lion votes.

An­nika’s proud mum Claire Breg­ger, who has lived in Kar­ratha for about seven years, said she had en­tered her daugh­ter and her sib­lings on a whim af­ter see­ing the com­pe­ti­tion ad­ver­tised on TV, but never ex­pected her to win.

She said An­nika’s nat­u­ral cute­ness had won over the judges.

“The judges told me it was her lit­tle blue eyes and curly hair,” she said.

“She’s very quiet and has this an­gelic look about her.”

An­nika will fly to Mel­bourne to star in a Bonds Baby sum­mer cam­paign com­mer­cial and pho­to­shoot and will re­ceive a $600 prize pack.

Ms Breg­ger said the photo she had sub­mit­ted to the com­pe­ti­tion was taken by lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Erin Hardy.

A Bonds spokeswoman said An­nika’s pic­ture had stood out among the record num­ber of en­tries and her per­son­al­ity had shone through in the very “nat­u­ral” photo.

Pic­ture: Erin Hardy Photography

Kar­ratha tod­dler An­nika Breg­ger, 18 months, has won the Bonds Baby Search 2017.

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