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FIJI Water Girl Is Suing FIJI Water Over Cardboard Cutouts

FIJI Water Girl Is Suing FIJI Water Over Cardboard Cutouts

Kelleth Cuthbert, the model who became an internet sensation known as FIJI Water Girl, is suing the brand that helped make her famous.

The model, whose real name is Kelly Steinbach, filed a lawsuit alleging that the company “intentionally created cardboard cutouts of [her] for use in a cardboard cutout marketing campaign,” according to The Blast.

Kelleth says that she never gave her authorization to use her image in the campaign and one day after the cutouts were created, Fiji tried to negotiate with her agent. Without an agreement being signed, the cutouts were already spotted in Los Angeles, including in paparazzi shots of John Legend shopping at a grocery store.

The lawsuit alleges that Fiji tried to use Kelleth‘s image to make a profit, even though they allegedly were aware that no agreement was in place. She is suing for monetary damages and to get the cutouts removed.

FIJI Water responded by saying: “This lawsuit is frivolous and entirely without merit. After the Golden Globes social media moment, we negotiated a generous agreement with Ms. Cuthbert that she blatantly violated. We are confident that we will prevail in Court. Throughout our history, we have had a sterling reputation working with talent.”

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  • chaz

    Girl you should have taken the money. This is your 15 minutes. Don’t be stupid