Fiji Girl makes meme splash with Golden Globes photobombs

Water you up to, Kelleth Cuthbert, besides showing up in every celeb's red-carpet closeup?

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Pour yourself a glass of the first Golden Globes 2019 meme  -- and maybe the first meme of the year.

The awards hadn't even started yet when people began noticing a common thread in red-carpet photos of stars smiling and posing at Sunday night's show in Beverly Hills, California. A lovely brunette woman in a deep-blue gown -- later identified as model Kelleth Cuthbert  -- was holding a tray of Fiji water and standing behind the actors in practically every photo.

Jim Carrey? She was there. Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans? There. Cody Fern and Richard Madden? There she was, in the background, tray in hand, almost always making eye contact with the camera. And Twitter loved it. 

"Ryan Murphy just greenlit my limited series about the Fiji water girl," one Twitter user wrote. Wrote another, "I am literally going to photoshop the Fiji Water girl into every picture I take from now on." 

Cuthbert later shared an Instagram photo of herself at the event, with the caption, "Not the worst way to spend a Sunday... #goldenglobesfijigirl#fijiwatergirl."

A representative for Fiji Water described Cuthbert as a  "Los Angeles-based model and first-time FIJI Water Brand Ambassador," and said that the water brand "hydrated guests on the red carpet and during the star-studded show."

Don't think they're letting this publicity dry up, either. "Fiji Water will continue to hydrate more of Hollywood this coming awards season," the company statement said.

The bottled water has been the official water of the Golden Globe Awards since 2015, Time Magazine reported, but it's fair to say the brand has never made a splash like this.

First published Jan. 6, 5:20 p.m. PT. 
Update, Jan. 6 at 8:21 p.m. PT: Adds model's name and Instagram photo.
Update, Jan. 7 at 12:35 a.m. PT: Adds statement from Fiji Water.

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