The initial photograph of ‘Disaster Girl’ behind the viral meme is being sold for $473,000.
She is profiting from her fifteen minutes of fame.
The woman who inspired the viral “Disaster Girl” meme is cashing in on her internet success 16 years later by selling the original photograph for an astounding $473,000.
“Disaster Girl” is now a non-fungible token (NFT), a digital asset with a unique digital signature that enables it to be sold as a work of art.
“I am a part of history,” said Zoe Roth, now 21, who ignited the World Wide Web when she was four years old after being pictured devilishly smirking outside a burning house.
After all these years, are you really unsure what a meme is — let alone a newfangled NFT?
“A meme is a picture or video with outrageous captions that people share widely because they find it amusing and relatable,” Roth explained to The Post.
Roth’s viral image became the voice of deviant teenagers worldwide.
“My father photographed me standing in front of a house fire in 2005,” she told The Post. “I stood there looking evil, as if I was the one who started the fire — but oh my gosh, no, I wasn’t.”
Rapid-fire sixteen years: According to the Daily Mail, the modern-day Mona Lisa sold for a whopping 180 Ethereum — the equivalent of $473,000 — to a collector simply known as @3FMusic. According to Gizmodo, the buyer is believed to be Farzin Fardin Fard, the CEO of a Dubai-based music production company.
The owner has since given an anonymous statement to Gizmodo: “Our management team is constantly in collaboration with some of the most professional and accomplished art advisers who feel that we must evolve with technical advancements that assist us in not only promoting our business but also in assisting artists and the art market.”
This is a significant development for the photograph, which was taken when Roth and her family were living near a firehouse in Mebane, North Carolina.
The family was scoping out a managed burn — a fire deliberately started for the purpose of land management — when Dave took a picture of his daughter posing devilishly in front of the blaze.
The photograph won Dave JPG magazine’s 2008 “Emotion Capture” contest, igniting the internet.
Roth, now a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told The Post, “The best part was being flown to Los Angeles to be a part of National Geographic’s internet history collection.”
Determined to benefit from their internet celebrity, they converted “Disaster Girl” into an NFT, which is coded in such a way that Roth and her father will receive 10% of income from any potential sales.
The dynamic pair evidently intends to split the proceeds, with the former child star allegedly “researching charities” to which she may contribute.
By doing so, the team establishes control of their online opus, in contrast to the vast majority of other viral meme creators.