When people look back at the 2019 Golden Globes, there will be many key talking points.
The toned-down delivery from hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, Christian Bale’s sarcastic appraisal of Dick Cheeney, that confusing “trim tabs” anecdote from Jeff Bridges and, of course, Fiji Water girl.
Here is everything we know about the photobomb queen and the PR stunt that has caused outrage in Hollywood.
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What Happened with Fiji Water Girl?
A quick glance at any one single photo from the Golden Globes 2019 will come across as quite innocent.
You’ll see the glammed-up A-listers posing for photos, with a Fiji Water staff member handing out free bottles of water from a tray in the background.
What’s the big deal?
Well, the problem occurred when people started to realise that the Fiji Water girl was in almost every single red carpet snap from the event!
See what we mean…
We’re so glad everyone is talking about our water!
*senses ominous presence*
She’s right behind us, isn’t she? #FIJIwatergirl
— FIJI Water (@FIJIWater) January 7, 2019
Who is Fiji Water Girl?
Fifi Water girl is more commonly known as Kelleth Cuthbert.
She is a young and upcoming model and actress. Kelleth already has a huge social media following with 200,000 followers on Instagram, which is only likely to rise given her sudden social media stardom.
Since the events, Kelleth has denied that her appearance in so many A-list photos was a deliberate PR stunt.
Kelleth told People Magazine:
I had absolutely no idea what was happening because I obviously didn’t have my phone on me. I didn’t find out until the last stragglers of the red carpet were heading into the awards ceremony, and all these people walking by started shoving their phones in my face and showing me that I was trending on Twitter, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of it till later.
There are tons of photographers everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you stand, you’re in the crossfire of every shot.
What are Other People Saying?
Some A-list celebrities have hit out at the Golden Globes, however, blaming the organisation for allowing such obvious PR stunts from brands.
Jamie Lee Curtis hit out on Instagram explaining that she attempted to move away from “blatant” product placements from both Fiji and Moët yet was still snapped with a product next to her.
Part of Jamie’s post reads:
I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn’t want to be doing advertising for either. Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens. The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products.
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So, my husband, who doesn’t look at a lot of show business news sites, just mentioned that I was on the CNN website. I specifically moved away from the blatant promotions by Fiji and Moet where young women with their trays filled with their wares stood near a designated camera. I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn’t want to be doing advertising for either. Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens. The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products.
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