Gap recently announced the winners of its third annual Casting Call contest, and the winner was — curls and kinks! Three out of the four winners had curls or kinks.
Three-year-old Jaci Rae, 3-year-old Caleb and 8-year-old Kellen are beautiful proof that texture is here to stay. That doesn't take away from the beauty of 10-year-old straight-haired Jovana — the fourth winner.
"This year's contest was bigger than ever before," said Pam Wallack, president of BabyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity. "We had more entries, more participation with in-store photo events, more buzz and tougher choices to make when it came time to select the finalists. We're proud to call these delightful darlings the next faces of BabyGap and Gapkids."
Gap received photos of more than 900,000 children. To give parents a hand with the contest, Gap hosted 40 photo-taking events at BabyGap and GapKids stores across the nation, offering parents an opportunity to have a free professional photo taken of their child.
After receiving the photos, judges narrowed down the pool to 20 finalists — 10 babies ages four and under and 10 kids ages five to 10.
Voted opened on Dec. 8, and people were encouraged to vote for their favorite, with one boy and one girl being chosen from each category.
Jaci and her adorable curls were first spotted at an in-store photo event near her hometown in New Jersey. "Her gorgeous hair caught the attention of not only Gap, but the thousands of Americans who voted for her," Wallack says.<.p>
Caleb, a budding athlete from Illinois, can be found with his Spiderman collection and his WALL-E robot.>
Kellen, an 8-year-old Floridian, is a talented gamer who loves to play video games. When Kellen was at the San Francisco photo shoot, he was showing off his break-dancing moves, doing upside down head-spins, jumps and twists, keeping the whole crew entertained.