Maggie Goldenberger, also known as the “Ermahgerd Girl,” opened up to Vanity Fair about what it was like to experience everyone’s secret worst nightmare. When she was 23-years-old, Goldenberger discovered that an awkward photo of herself as a child had been disseminated across the Internet and turned into a meme. The photo in question showed Goldenberger clutching several Goosebump books and sporting pigtails, a retainer, an unfortunate vest, and a rather unflattering expression. The image had been captioned “Ermahgerd Gersberms!” — the spelling is meant to reflect the speech of someone who is both very excited and burdened by intense orthodontics — and with that, a meme was born. Goldenberger told Vanity Fair that she found her inadvertent Internet fame to be “so f***ing weird,” but not particularly hurtful. In fact, she said the photo was taken while she was goofing around with friends, playing a character named “Pervy Dale.” So in a way Goldenberger has always been in on the joke — or “jerk,” as it were.
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