You've probably heard of her by now, or at least, seen memes about her flooding your social media. But do you know who she actually is? Here are 7 things you didn't know about the 'Fiji water girl', aka Kelleth Cuthbert.
Among the many reports that came out about the 2019 Golden Globes, my favorite one was about someone no one really knew before the award ceremony on Sunday. You may have seen pictures of her already. Or at least a couple of memes. The person I'm referring to is not an actor, director, producer, singer, composer, or in any way related to the film industry for that matter. Not yet, anyway.
After the amount of media attention she got since the Globes, I wouldn't be surprised if she appears in a movie or series in the coming months. I am, of course, referring to the Fiji water girl, aka, Kelleth Cuthbert. Here are 7 things about her you probably didn't know:
Cuthbert is a professional model as per her personal website. The 5-foot-9-inch model has worked with several agencies of the likes of 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.
Currently, she works with Wilhemina, which is the same agency that worked with Kendall Jenner when she was breaking out. Do you think Kelleth will have similar success? After her Golden Globes stunt, we wouldn't be so shocked if she did.
Speaking to Glamour, Cuthbert revealed that though she's been working in the modeling industry for years, this is the first time she's had so many eyes on her. "I do love a good meme, so I think it’s incredibly ironic and funny that I’m one now. The first meme of 2019, apparently! This is something I would go viral for. I feel like I’ve been photobombing people since I was a kid. 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."
Well, that escalated quickly for her, didn't it? I suppose if you do have to be a meme, this is the best possible way to be one.
After Kelleth became the talk of the town in Hollywood and, of course, social media, various reports surfaced that claimed Cuthbert had confessed to photobombing stars on purpose. However, the model says it was all just a misunderstanding.
"I never said that. I just stand where I’m told, wherever there is an opening. Everyone has their work or event persona. You try to look at least somewhat pleasant and not have too much resting bitch face. You have to look somewhat friendly and happy to be engaging with people. Sometimes you’re caught between a lot of cameras, so there’s a lot of photographers at different angles. You’re just kind of trapped sometimes. See that’s the thing: I feel like I was looking away, but sometimes I was looking so I could move out of the way," said the 30-year-old.
Originally from Toronto, Cuthbert is currently living in Los Angeles. Before turning to modeling full-time, the "Fiji water girl" used to be a social worker. Specializing in mental health and addictions counseling as a social worker in Canada, Kelleth would also model on the side.
In fact, she also had plans of applying to grad school, but since her modeling career was going rather well, she decided to take another year to pursue it. In the end, though, modeling was her true calling and she never ended up going back to school. It all worked out in the end for her, didn't it?
Speaking of how she was dealing with her sudden popularity and what her future plans were, Kelleth said: "I haven’t even had the time to sit down and think about what could come from this, but truly anything would be exciting. I would love to get an acting role. That would be amazing. I definitely think I’m ready for [the fame], but such is the nature of the Internet that these things just go by in a flash.
"No one will find this funny in a week. We’ll see! I think all of this stuff is very fleeting. I enjoy the craft of acting, but all the other stuff around it is just noise. It’s light and fun, and I think it’s meant to be taken that way. Not too seriously."
We doubt Fiji ever imagined their water girls would do their job so well. Kelleth was one of the four girls representing the brand at the ceremony and she's brought more attention to the bottled water company in one day than they probably did in the entire last year.
And of course, they love her for it. Sharing a collage of some of her best photobombing moments at the Globes, the company termed her 'Best Supporting Actress in every picture' on their official Instagram page. The post gathered almost 18,000 likes in barely a day of being posted on social media. The power of the internet, I tell you.
According to Daily Mail, the model is a married woman. She tied to knot to the photographer, Christopher Von Steinbach, whom she met when the two worked together on a photo shoot she set up to bolster her portfolio in 2010. And this gorgeous couple has a love story that could beat any Hollywood rom-com.
A year after they first met, Christopher booked a ticket to Toronto to visit her. And just two months later, he sold all his belongings to move to be with her. Six months later the two were married, despite them both, in Kelleth's own words, being people who "actively rebuked the idea of marriage." Awww... Isn't that sweet?