As the world watched Floyd Mayweather jab his way to an undefeated 50-0 boxing reign by TKO on Saturday in Las Vegas, some felt distracted.
As streaks of blue and gold, accompanied by blistering white smiles, snuck into the background of our gritty streams, the thirst for cold, sweet Mexican beer gave the game away: The Corona Girls had arrived.
— Samantha (@sammyaller) August 27, 2017
Some thought they were the MVPs. But many keyboard warriors took the time to point out how ‘creepy’ the ladies looked as they hovered behind the main event, and some Internet Detectives accused them of ‘photobombing’ the athletes.
The nameless, voiceless figures of commercialism stood smiling, and yet stoic, in the face of a barrage of abuse from Twitter.
Beware the Internet tirade ahead:
— MAD by Design? (@mannypdesign) August 27, 2017
these corona girls are creepy af pic.twitter.com/BtYaXjC5et
— AmplifiedtoJosh (@AmplifiedtoRock) August 27, 2017
The winner goes to the corona girls for being creepy AF. Their faces have to hurt from smiling so dang much. #MayweatherVsMcGregor
— Audra Alexander (@AudraAlexander) August 27, 2017
MVP goes to the Corona girls.
— João Ferreira (@itsmeERROR) August 27, 2017
Is it ironic the Corona girl's are super thirsty?
— Cam F Awesome (@CamFAwesome) August 27, 2017
That corona girl gotta chill… we get it.
— BoycottNFL (@ScottieBeam) August 27, 2017
I just saw one corona girl push another corona girl so she could be in the shot. There is DRAMA inside that ring tonight???
— Rachel Bonnetta (@rachelbonnetta) August 27, 2017
That Corona girl is everywhere! She's behind me right now! #MayweathervMcgregor
— Yamil Piedra (@ypiedra) August 27, 2017
Corona girl trying to slip into Money's DMs right now…. pic.twitter.com/yzSD8epALk
— Vasu Kulkarni (@Vasu) August 27, 2017
I just wanna know who the Corona girl is & does her face feel ok
— Amanda (@amandaa_dejesus) August 27, 2017
But now, UNILAD has spoken to Corona Girl Devon Stefanow about the truth of the job. The qualified real estate agent and model admitted her colleagues’ presence on camera ‘may look a little funny’.
She was quick to clarify what we all knew to be true – that these women were just doing their job, adding: “It’s so our sponsor, Corona can be seen.”
Taking the varying degrees of sexism in her stride, she said:
I haven’t paid much attention to people’s comments, I’ve seen a much wider positive response than negative. You can’t please everyone.
Devon told UNILAD what the job actually requires behind the scenes, recalling:
We will usually start step repeat about 5 or 6 hours before the fight, which entails us taking pictures with fans in front of the backdrop.
Meanwhile, the girls will get rotated in and out of the undercards, and step repeat will end right before the main event. There is definitely a lot of smiling involved and being on your feet all day.
Devon has been a Corona Girl for years, and told UNILAD she ‘got in through a girlfriend of mine, Kim Wolverton, who also works for Corona.’
She explained the Girls are like a big working family, adding:
We all work together on other jobs on the East Coast, so most of us know each other and are really good friends!
So, are there any perks of the job – besides the ringside seats to the richest sporting spectacle in recent times, of course?
The native New Yorker laughed:
I’ve watched boxing with my dad since I was young, so getting the opportunity to ring card has been very cool. I love it, ring carding is super exhilarating! Also I do like Corona… And I’m not just saying that! We aren’t supposed to drink it while we’re working though.
Although many have enquired, Devon is contractually obliged to keep her payslip a secret. So stop asking.
Devon – a self-confessed dog lover and pasta enthusiast – is currently in the running to become Maxim’s Finest.
What she is not doing, is wasting too much time worrying about Internet haters.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.