Spencerport, N.Y. (WHAM) - Alayna Berry says she chewed 'Big League Chew' Bubble Gum as a kid. Until just recently, the packaging has featured male baseball players.
Now, when Berry goes to buy the gum, she'll find herself on the packaging, becoming the first female and softball player to do so.
The Spencerport sophomore says the experience has been surreal.
"It’s a little weird, and the first time I saw pictures, I’m like ‘it’s cool,’ but then when I saw it, I’m like 'oh my goodness that’s me,'" Berry said. "It’s an unbelievable experience."
Berry's aunt, Amanda MacFarlane, is a freelance illustrator. She was hired to draw up the first softball player for 'Big League Chew' bubble gum packaging, and used Berry as her inspiration.
Berry says love for the diamond runs in the family. Her grandfather is Bobby Bonner, played for the Rochester Red Wings, and is in the team's hall of fame.
"Softball and baseball has been such a big part of my family," Berry explained.
While Berry says being the inspiration for the first female on the packaging is a cool experience for her and her family, she believes her newfound fame has a bigger meaning.
"Girl power is a big part of the world today, I’m proud that I’m a part of that," Berry said. She says she hopes it sends a message to young girls like her.
"Girls can be just as great as guys, and that we’re all equal, and that girls are empowered like big strong boys that play baseball, we’re just as important and special," Berry said.
The gum is available online and will soon be made available in stores.