Anna Victoria Herbig, US Abrazo Child

Anna Victoria Herbig

Anna Victoria Herbig is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Herbig.  She is an 8 year old student who attends St. Augustine Elementary School.  Anna is an all “A” Honor Roll student and is currently in the 3rd grade. Her hobbies are cooking, playing tennis, swimming, art, dance and volleyball.

Anna enjoys playing tennis with her family and competitively.  She is currently a member of the United State Tennis Association.  In the last two seasons, she and her team have won first place in the intermediate and advanced divisions of their age group.

Her love of the arts has inspired her to twice qualify as an art contestant in the International Children’s Art Exhibition of Tokyo, Japan.    She also qualified as a contestant in the Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest.  In addition, she has enjoyed being on her toes while dancing away in ballet and flamenco since she was 2 years old.

A caring individual, Anna likes helping others and giving back to the community.   She has participated with the International Good Neighbor Council’s annual Christmas Project for several years.  She has assisted in collecting, packaging and wrapping gifts for the children and mothers at the Hospital Civil in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. 

Anna is honored and thrilled to have been chosen as a United States Abrazo child for 2016.  She is proud to be representing Laredo, Texas and the United States of America.

What she’s wearing

Anna Victoria is portraying a child in colonial times.  Colonial children’s clothing underwent a gradual evolution from constricting garments patterned after those worn by adults to apparel designed specifically for them.  Very young children of both sexes wore dresses with close fitting bodices similar to those worn by women.  The fashion was for little boys and girls to wear white dresses called frocks that had sashes at the waist.

Regardless of social status, girl’s dresses were like miniature versions of their mothers and wore dresses with form-fitting bodices.  Daughters of wealthy families wore “stays” that were stiffened with whale bone and lined with linen.  It was believed that these would help with posture and girls as young as three months old wore “stays” with their dress clothing.  Because “stays” restricted movement, working-class daughters did not wear stays with their daily clothing.  Wealthier girls could afford ribbons and silks.  Their clothing would be more fashionable and less practical.  They would not have worn patched or worn clothes like that of less fortunate children.

The bodices, which usually fastened at the back, often had leading strings or bands attached to the shoulders to help parents guide a young child who was learning to walk.  They also acted as a restraint on a lively youngster.  Leading strings were occasionally retained on girls’ dresses as a symbol of youthfulness long after their practical functions had been outgrown.

Anna’s traditional colonial soiree dress is made of re-embroidered white French lace.  It is lined with a champagne colored duchess satin.  The upper bodice is of a point d’esprit lace in a lovely tuck effect completing it with tiny pearls.  Drop shoulder poof sleeves compliment the extended lace ruffles.  The sleeves are tied with a cluster of slate blue ribbons, red roses and silver leaves accented with pearls.  A cummerbund sash of the same blue hue completes this exquisite dress.  Anna’s hair is accented with a cluster of blue ribbons, red roses and silver leaves.

Anna’s dress was designed by Linda Leyendecker Gutierrez.