This sleeping baby has no idea she's an Instagram star

By Pieter van Zyl
10 September 2016

Her Pickachu is just too cute!

She’s barely out of nappies -- but this sleeping beauty already has more than 350 000 followers on Instagram who can’t wait to see what costume four-month-old Joey Marie Choi is wearing that day.

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And she seems blissfully unaware of all the attention because she is almost always sleeping – sometimes even with wigs, glasses and other accessories covering her little face.

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So far, she's appeared on the social media site as Game of Throne’s Jon Snow, Pikachu, The Sound of Music’s Maria, Eleven from Stranger Things, a rocker from Guns ‘n Roses, a sushi chef or participant in Masterchef Junior, a diver looking for Dory and as Beyoncé singing All the Single Babies -- thanks to her photographer mom.

Sha na na na na na na na knees knees #gunsnroses #notinthislifetime

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You know nothing Jon Snow ???? #gameofthrones | ps. Zigzag Rickon!??? | 2m

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?How do you solve a problem like Maria? #soundofmusic

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Joey dreams of sushi

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Hey babygirl, let me take a pik at chu. #pokemon

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Didn't have a chandelier but I did find a wig. ??#Sia

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Joey Marie's mom, American photographer Laura Izumikawa, started taking the pictures to entertain Joey’s grandparents, she told Huffington Post. "I would end up just staring at her face all day and night because I was just so in love. Because Joey slept so deeply, I thought it'd be fun adding little props on her just to send some hilarious pictures to our parents."
The photo of a sleeping Joey with a flower in her hair and a bagel was shared 15 weeks ago and liked by 1086 people.

On Wednesdays we wear pink #meangirls

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The most recent one is Joey styled as Spanish soldier, Inigo Montoya, from Laura’s favourite movie The Princess Bride. This time 39 000 followers liked the snap.

“It was a way to memorialize her growth and little milestones,” explains Laura, who’s been working as a professional photographer in Los Angeles for eight years where she captures other people’s memories.

Little Joey already has an entire wardrobe full of costumes and outfits that people way older could only dream of owning -- and Laura makes all of the costumes herself.

"It sort of depends on what we already have at home," she told YOU in an email. "I look at some things we have around the house and it'll remind me of an iconic character or outfit. Also recent pop culture events will inspire me as well such as New York Fashion Week."

How on earth does she get Joey to sleep so peacefully while dressing her?

"It's nothing that I'm doing!" Laura insists. "She is just a really good deep sleeper. My husband and I found this about her from the first week she was born. We always had ocean sounds playing when she was sleeping so I think that also helps me to drift off to sleep pretty quickly.

"Also whenever I dress her up, it is during her naptime so she is more likely to fall asleep easily." We wonder how an older Joey is going to feel about her sleeping baby shoots one day! Here are some more adorable shots:

Just keep swimming! Can't wait to watch Finding Dory!

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?My milkmaid brings all the boys to the yard

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Dreaming of the Korean spa

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Cuz mama couldn't find a monkey suit.

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Oh, what a day. What a lovely day! ?? #Furiosa

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What the best exercise for a swimmer? Pool-ups. ?? #rio2016

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Bronne: ajc.com, huffingtonpost.com, cosmopolitan.com, time.com, ctvnews.ca.

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