Fiji Water Girl is 2019’s first viral sensation
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 thestar.com/television/