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Wadena girl a babyGap finalist for 2009 contest

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Elliana Edwards' bio, for her young life of two years, says, "Elliana, 2, from Wadena, MN, is a real girl's girl. She loves shoes, shopping and painting her nails. When she isn't adorned in jewelry and watching 'The Little Mermaid,' she's having fun tackling her three big brothers."

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She's also now in elite company as a babyGap finalist for the 2009 Casting Call contest, which drew from a pool of 1 million eligible kids.

"Parent's enthusiasm for the Gap Casting Call made this year's contest the biggest to date," said Pam Wallack, president of babyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity. "We received nearly one million entries, beating the record from the past three years. Each year the decision process gets increasingly harder. There are so many outstanding babies and kids to pick from, choosing just 20 finalists to represent our brand out of all these adorable children was challenging to say the least."

In late November, the finalists were flown to San Francisco for a taste of stardom with a real Gap photo shoot. From now through Dec. 21 it is up to America to log on to www.gap.com/castingcall and vote to decide the four winners - one baby girl and one baby boy for babyGap and one girl and one boy for GapKids -- who will be featured in store windows coast-to-coast and will receive other prizes from Gap and DisneyFamily.com.

Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta brand names.

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