Fiji Wa­ter Girl is 2019’s first vi­ral sen­sa­tion

StarMetro Vancouver - - DAILY LIFE - Raju Mud­har

Af­ter be­ing caught in the back­ground of sev­eral celebrity pho­tos on the Golden Globes red car­pet, Fiji Wa­ter Girl — Toronto’s own Kel­leth Cuth­bert — says she’s stunned to be the first vi­ral sen­sa­tion of 2019.

Peo­ple watch­ing the preawards cov­er­age ex­ploded on Twit­ter at her know­ing looks and what looked like ex­pert photo-bomb­ing. It wasn’t long be­fore the in­ter­net ex­posed #Fi­ji­wa­ter­girl as Cuth­bert, a Cana­dian model/ac­tress who moved to L.A. three years ago with her pho­tog­ra­pher hus­band. In her early 30s, Cuth­bert says this wasn’t planned in any way.

“It feels sur­real. It’s the strangest thing. I’m just try­ing to wrap my head around it and un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude, but it’s so bizarre,” she said from her L.A. home on Tuesday morn­ing. “No, it wasn’t (planned). I’ve ac­tu­ally worked for Fiji in a sim­i­lar ca­pac­ity a num­ber of times on red-car­pet things. And of course, Fiji has their own pho­tog­ra­phers, but there’s so many pho­tog­ra­phers on the red car­pet that no mat­ter where you are you are in the cross­fire of some­body’s photo, so you’re just in the way no mat­ter where you are. That’s just part of it.”

At the time, she had no idea that she was blow­ing up on­line. “I think I was late to the game find­ing out, be­cause I didn’t have my phone on me, be­cause I was ob­vi­ously work­ing. I found out when the last few peo­ple were trick­ling into the awards cer­e­mony, and so many peo­ple were pass­ing me and putting their phones in my face, say­ing, ‘You’re go­ing vi­ral, you’re trend­ing on Twit­ter.’ Not un­til I went on break and got a Wi-fi con­nec­tion did I un­der­stand what was hap­pen­ing.”

Be­fore the end of the Globes tele­cast, her In­sta­gram fol­lower count was up around 50,000; as of Tuesday it was 179,000 and count­ing.

Cuth­bert is aware that go­ing vi­ral can have neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions, but so far, ev­ery­thing has been pos­i­tive.

“I’ve just been get­ting bom­barded by peo­ple’s mes­sages of sup­port.”

For Fiji Wa­ter Girl’s tips on photo-bomb­ing like a pro, con­tinue read­ing at thes­­vi­sion/

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