Zoe Roth turns ‘Disaster Girl’ meme photograph into Rs 3.7 crores


Remember the ‘Disaster Girl’ who became famous even before meme was a thing? The “disaster girl” Zoe Roth has earned $500,000 by selling an original photograph.  The 2005 photo shows a four-year-old Zoe Roth in the foreground who smirks almost deceptively when the building seems to be on fire. The disaster girl was one of the most viral memes on the internet.

Disaster Girl front of sinking titanic ship.

Her photograph has been used in memes in various incidents and one of them is that she smiling while Titanic ship sinking and many others. Now, she finds a way to build something from the famous picture for herself.

Disaster girl photograph turns into Rs 3.7 crores

Image: supertroller123

Roth said that she will sponsor her education and donate to charities with $500,000 (approximately Rs. 3.7 crores). The copyright of NFT will be retained, and over time it’s been sold she would be getting a 10% stake.

Disaster girl meme

When the Roth was around 4 her father captured a photo of her in front of a burning building and a fire truck. In the photo, she is looking back at the camera and the viewers believed that she’s was involved in the disaster.

However, the fire was part of a firefighter training at Mebane, N.C close to Zoë’s house.

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Image: Zoe and her father, Dave

The burning building was the ideal backdrop for her father, Dave Roth, to experiment with his new camera. Dave Roth, an aspiring photographing artist, often posted his work to photo-sharing websites including Flickr. Dave won the “Emotion Capture” award three years after from the JPG magazine.

Since entering the competition in 2007, it quickly became an internet phenomenon and launched disaster girl photograph worldwide.

Zoë, a 21-year-old has been working at an Italian restaurant and also a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A big pay out for all this fame came earlier this month: The original copy of an image that was sold at an auction on about $500,000 is a “non-fungible token” or NFT. The buyer is 3F Music, a Dubai-based music company that has collected many other NFTs.

Meme to NFT

Image: Zoe, disaster girl

Zoe got an email in February, in which she was urged to market the meme as an NFT, a possible benefit of six figures. It seemed suspicious to Zoe and Dave Roth.

An NFT will encourage Zoe and Dave Roth to create a string for the original picture of a specific computer code and to store it on a blockchain to trace all future transactions. Zoe and Dave have been able to control possession of the photograph, an image that had already posted millions of times across the Internet, by making or minting the NFT.

Knowing more about the sales of other NFTs, Zoe anticipated that its meme will sell for 100 Ether, a cryptocurrency equal to an average of around $ 2,200 per device.

When Zoe and Dave wanted to go in, they consulted with a logistics consultant and a lawyer. It will take more than just to submit the picture and wait for offers. The team had access to an invitation-only Foundation website for blockchain transactions.

Zoe and Dave have been invited by the founder of the Gif Nyan Cat, sold in February for 300 Ether. Then the file and “mint” the NFT had to be uploaded before it could be mentioned. And the only bitcoin, which Zoe and Dave had to purchase, transactions happen.

Lastly, the token was listed. The auction was available for 24 hours and the countdown was scheduled to start when someone made the first offer.

From standing filing in front of  the sinking Titanic ship, former President Barack Obama and other officials supervised the air strike on Osama Am Laden to convey a gain from the bad luck of anyone else. The disaster girl finds a way to earn something from the picture.


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