Adorable babe with thick New Jersey accent reaches millions on TikTok: ‘Joursey Gurl’
Words like “chocolate,” “coffee” or even “water” might not seem all that interesting—unless they’re spoken by a two-year-old in a strong New Jersey accent.
Elaina Christina from New Jersey, a 24-year-old content creator, has gone viral after posting a video of her young daughter, Giavanna (Gia for short), on her TikTok account.
Now, many residents of New Jersey and New York have welcomed Gia with open arms because of her strong, elegant taste.
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Elaina Christina said she didn’t realize how special her own taste was until later in life.
“It never occurred to me until I went to college, and I was meeting a lot of other different people, and then they were like, ‘Oh my god. Where are you from?'” she (asking that her last name? be omitted for privacy) told Fox News Digital.
Even though people would name her or call her for her own taste, she never felt ashamed or self-conscious, she said.
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“It’s my roots. It’s who I am as a person. I’m proud to say I’m Italian-American,” she said.
“That’s where my family is from. I’m proud to have this accent.”
Gia spends most of her days with her aunt and grandparents, who also have a strong Jersey voice and manners.
The young girl is starting to pick up the family’s special Jersey qualities and her aunt said she couldn’t be prouder.
It all started when Gia asked Christina for a piece of chocolate – and it was more like the word “chawcolate,” said Christina.
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While Elaina was troubled by her brother’s pronouncement, it did not surprise her.
“She’s in the same environment as you, but you don’t think a baby would have an accent, you know?”
Gia’s mother is also originally from New Jersey and Gia’s father is from Brooklyn – so she is surrounded by strong sounds.
“[Kids] They’re like sponges,” Elaina said. “What you feed your baby is the most important thing.”
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Elaina said she didn’t realize how funny the accent was until around Christmas, when she posted the first video of Gia saying certain words.
The video has so far received 18.7 million views on TikTok and at least 2 million on Instagram.
“The cutest Jersey accent I’ve ever heard,” said one TikTok user.
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“She’s Joursey Gurl,” wrote another.
“She sounds like a baby version of you… I can tell you all have the same accent,” another user said.
Elaina said she is “overwhelmed” by the response from viewers who were eager to see their state represented.
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“The pride I’ve seen from New York and New Jersey can bring tears to people like me,” Elaina said.
“No one is going to tear her down. She is a first niece and a grandchild [of] an Italian-American family—we’re strong as anything.”
“I’m proud of the state. I really am because it’s where I grew up, and it’s just a big part of my personality.”
Elaina said she hopes her niece will feel the same pride in her Italian-American heritage.
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Auntie wants that positive mindset to start now, which is why every morning, young Gia will look in the mirror and say, “I’m beautiful,” in her strongest Jersey accent.
“No one is going to tear her down. She is a first niece and a grandchild [of] an Italian-American family—we’re strong as anything,” Elaina said.
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“We are going to express in her that ‘this is who you are and feel proud of it.’ So I’m excited for her,” she said.
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