At just 8 months old, Freya Fossaceco is still too young to stand up – but that hasn’t stopped the adorable youngster from becoming one of Britain’s most stylish babies.
Beaming up at the camera, wearing an array of huge coloured head bands and tiny patterned jumpsuits, the trendy tot poses for fashion photographs.
The petite poser is styled by mum, Kirsty Whelan, 26, who has been photographing Freya in a selection of outfits since she was just 10 weeks old.
The stylish youngster now has over 5,500 followers on her Instagram account @forget_me_not_frey_frey, and has baby clothes designers clamouring for her to model their newest creations.
‘I was quite new to Instagram before Freya was born,’ says Kirsty, ‘but I just started taking pictures of her and people kept on liking them.
‘I started using Instagram as a shopping outlet – there’s so many talented mums and British brands making designer clothes for babies. I loved the fact that they were handmade and unique, I just couldn’t stop purchasing them.’
But it is the stay-at-home mum’s unique baby clothing designs that have helped her to style her baby into an Instagram It Girl.
Kirsty, who lives in Bath with fiance Dan, studied textiles for fashion and interiors and was inspired by Freya’s online success to start creating outfits of her own.
The mum, who left her job in publishing when she became pregnant, has now started designing head bands and jumpsuits for the miniature model.
‘I had some material left over from where I’d made Freya some bunting for her nursery and I started making little head wraps and top knots,’ says Kirsty. ‘Then it progressed to jumpsuits. I was so inspired by everything on Instagram, I just love putting combinations together on her. We do a daily update of what she’s wearing.’
Now Kirsty is getting requests from as far away as the US and Australia from mums clamouring to get hold of Freya’s outfits.
‘I just started making them for her and now people keep asking me to make clothes for their babies,’ says Kirsty. ‘I have such a good model, she just lights up under the camera and her eyes are completely captivating.’
Kirsty is aware that posting photos of such a young baby online can be considered controversial, but says that baby Freya is lapping up the limelight.
‘Some people have really strong views on posting photographs like I do,’ she says. ‘But we only take photos for 10 minutes tops – then it’s back to being a baby.
‘As long as my baby is happy, I’m happy.’