“Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek’s joyous best drama win, Jeff Bridges’ lengthy – albeit head-scratching – Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech and Chrissy Metz’s alleged Alison Brie dig certainly captivated Golden Globes viewers Sunday night. But there was another unexpected person who also got people talking: the Fiji Water girl.
Somehow, the Fiji Water girl managed to inch her way into star-filled red carpet pictures, and into everyone’s social media feeds.
The light pink-lipped brunette, wearing a royal blue Marchesa Notte gown, was spotted in the background of several professional photos of celebrities — from Jamie Lee Curtis to Idris Elba and beyond — holding a tray of Fiji Water. And, as a result, became the butt of a variety of jokes. Even Fiji Water appeared to poke fun at its model’s omnipresence.
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“We’re so glad everyone is talking about our water! *senses ominous presence* She’s right behind us, isn’t she? #FIJIwatergirl,” the bottled water company tweeted after the show.
The mystery model’s identity was soon revealed by multiple media outlets as Kelleth Cuthbert, a Los Angeles-based model.
As the Internet continues to buzz, here are three things you need to know about the viral photo-bomber.
Her photobombing moves were “calculated”
Cuthbert admitted to Rom Bokobza, a writer and producer at Condé Nast, in an Instagram story uncovered by The Cut that her photo-bombing moves on the red carpet were “calculated.” The pair also posed for a selfie together.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the model explained that she was purposely inserting herself into celebrities’ shots.
“It’s all strategic. You’ve got to angle.”
“It’s all strategic,” Cuthbert, who now has more than 80,000 Instagram followers, told the LA newspaper. “You’ve got to angle.”
However, the model was a bit more coy about her virality in an interview with Glamour, telling the publication that she was shocked to learn she was trending online.
“A couple people came up to me and were like, ‘FIJI’s going viral. I thought maybe I’m in the background of a couple shots,” Cuthbert said.
“I called my mom on my break, and she was already laughing when she picked up the phone. My parents are not very hip to things going on, so the fact that they had already received this information says a lot about how viral it already went,” the model continued.
Fiji Water awarded Cuthbert “Best Supporting Actress in every picture” on its official Instagram account late Sunday, sharing a compilation of photos featuring the photobomber. The post received more than 8,700 likes and thousands of comments as of Monday morning.
She was one of four Fiji Water models at the Globes
Fiji Water has been the official bottled water partner of the Golden Globes for the past four years. This year, the company sent out four “Fiji Water girls” to distribute bottled water to thirsty Globes’ attendees, Page Six notes.
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She’s modeled for several agencies
According to Cuthbert’s personal website, the 5-foot-9-inch model has worked for several agencies, including Plutino in Toronto, Specs in Montreal, Wilhelmina in Chicago, Heffner in Seattle, Key in Vancouver, Donna Baldwin in Denver, I Model in Calgary and East West in Frankfurt, Germany.
She’s currently modeling for Wilhelmina, which previously worked with Kendall Jenner as she first launched her fashion career, The Daily Mail points out.
On her website, Cuthbert also lists her measurements and posts dozens of professional photos displaying her versatility.
Cuthbert told Glamour she’s been modeling for years, doing everything — and anything — from PSAs to short films, but this has been one of the highlights of her career. And she humbly accepts being dubbed the “first meme of 2019.”
“I do love a good meme, so I think it’s incredibly ironic and funny that I’m one now. …My husband is laughing very hard about all of this,” she told the magazine.