Maggie Goldenberger, is not a household name but one infamous photo of her taken many years ago has made her instantly recognisable all over the world as the Ermahgerd Goosebumps girl when the image became one of the best known memes on the internet.
Speaking this month with Vanity Fair, Goldenberger let the world know about the real person behind the photo, including the fact that she is out and proud.
Goldenberger, now a nurse in Phoenix says that she discovered the meme whilst on an extended trip throughout Asia with her then girlfriend in 2012, adding that three years later she remains as shocked now as she was when she discovered her new found fame.
“My eyes just get wide and I say, out loud, ‘This is so fucking weird,’ ” Goldenberger said.
“I just can’t believe this is my 15 minutes of fame—I was hoping it would come in another form. But I guess you have to take what you can get.”
As for the photo itself, it was taken when Goldenberger was 11 years old and was dressing up in character with friends. Putting on a horrible vest, wearing her hair in pigtails that she would never usually wear and holding Gosebumps books which Goldenberger admits she was never really a big fan of.
The polaroid image was on some of Goldenbergers own social media sites as a joke reminising about fun times in the 90s before it was uploaded to reddit and went viral.
The meme has since many different incarnations over the years, with Goldenberger stating that one of her favourites is her photoshopped on the Titanic with the caption ERMAHGERD ERCEBERG・