She was the talk of the Melbourne Cup when she was pictured straddling a wheelie bin in a blue dress and large fascinator.
But Kiwi-born punter Jade Jillings’ brush with fame – where she was dubbed ‘Wheelie Bin Girl’ for her antics after the 2016 race – hasn’t dimmed her love of horse racing.
Years after putting the incident behind her with a series of sheepish appearances on radio and TV, Ms Jillings, now 29, is understood to have carved out a career working as a horse trainer.
Her social media profiles list her as having been employed with a number of stables in the wake of her headline-making appearance, which led her to defend her actions as ‘having a good time.’
Jade Jillings (left) made headlines around the world when she decided to ride a wheelie bin as if it was a horse, while her housemate Tyler Johnson and a security guard watched on
The red-faced Jade and her housemate Tyler Johnson, who was dressed in a beige suit in the photos, appeared on The Project from Oaks Day where they told the panel they were ‘just having a laugh’
Life has been decidedly quieter for Ms Jillings since that Cup – although she clearly enjoys her time at the races, sharing photos of herself on the sidelines with her mates and tenderly patting horses.
Ms Jillings, with a friend at the races recently
Her love of animals clearly shines through in social media posts. Ms Jillings earlier this year publicly shared the news her beloved English bulldog, Winston, had died.
In an emotional message to locals in Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Ms Jillings, 29, said she ‘just wanted to let you guys know unfortunately yesterday Winston passed.
‘I know how much everyone and his friends meant to him down at the park and how much he loved going there. It’s been a tough time but thank you all for being a part of his life.’
The last Ms Jillings has been heard from on the subject of her wheelie bin ride was in a series of interviews immediately after she went viral.
In one such interview with Nova, she admitted she ‘woke up a bit drunk this morning still’.
The New Zealander said free champagne on the day had contributed to the bin ride.
She, along with her then-housemate Tyler Johnson, also appeared on Channel 10’s The Project, where they said they ‘were just having a laugh’.
In the years since her momentary brush with fame, Jade Jillings has used social media to show her great love of animals
Ms Jillings’ beloved English bulldog Winston (pictured) died on August 9. She posted an emotional tribute to him on Facebook
Ms Jillings said she was embarrassed when the photos emerged, but joked that she was just having ‘a wheelie good time’.
Mr Johnson pointed out that they didn’t bother anyone else. ‘There was no trouble. We were having a good time. I feel like that’s what racing is about. We didn’t harm anyone.’
They even said their mums were ‘proud’ back home in their native New Zealand.
‘Our mums agreed that “they were just having a good time and didn’t harm anyone,”‘ said Ms Jillings.
Mr Johnson chimed in: ‘Mum said 40 years ago she was dancing around at the races and snapped her ankles.
‘They all said lucky there were no photographers back in their day.’
How life has changed forever for ‘Fairy Floss Girl’, the Australian races icon who set the internet alight – and the very loose off-track hits that got the country talking ahead of Melbourne Cup day
By Ashley Knickel and Charlotte Karp
One of Australia’s all-time favourite racegoers – ‘Fairy Floss Girl’ – is no longer a wild-child, having settled down and raising a little boy.
Karly Tsivoglou, 19, set the internet alight when she was snapped by Daily Mail Australia scoffing fairy floss, without using her hands, at Melbourne’s Ladies Day in 2016.
The photos went viral across the country – with KIIS FM Kyle Sandilands gushing that she was ‘hotter’ than Selena Gomez.
Along with ‘Fairy Floss Girl’, several other racegoers have stopped the nation with their antics, including ‘Wheelie Bin Girl’ and the ‘Cop Pusher’ in 2015.
When asked how she feels about her famous photos reemerging every year on Melbourne Cup, Ms Tsivoglou told Daily Mail Australia recently: ‘I’m happy with that’.
‘Fairy Floss Girl’ Karly Tsivoglou (above) was snapped chowing down on fairy floss while at the Melbourne Ladies Day by Daily Mail Australia in 2016
Ms Tsivoglou (pictured with her son, Apollo) was launched to internet stardom after her fairy floss pics in 2016 but is now focused on her family life
Ms Tsivoglou said she and her friend Alice Woodfall ‘had a few glasses of champagne, put a few bets on and just enjoyed the sun’ at the races and had no idea about her internet stardom until the next morning.
‘I woke up this morning with so many messages and screenshots of the photos! I was honestly shocked!’ she said at the time.
‘My social media accounts have been going crazy all morning!’
Ms Tsivoglou said she’d received her share of compliments at the races but was shocked by the number of people ‘professing their love’ once her photos went viral.
‘A few people claimed they were in love with me,’ she said.
‘But both Alice and I were getting a lot of positive compliments throughout the day.’
Ms Tsivoglou said she and her friend Alice Woodfall (pictured together at Ladies Day) had received their share of compliments at the races but was shocked by people ‘professing their love’ once she viral
Ms Tsivoglou (above) became known as ‘Fairy Floss Girl’ after she was snapped snacking at Ladies Day in 2016
From then on, Ms Tsivoglou regularly shared photos of nights out and poolside holidays to her social media.
However, her online presence has taken a turn in the last few years with the new-mum focusing on her little boy.
Pictures show the mother-son duo enjoying arts and crafts, days at the beach and bath-time.
However, she Ms Tsivoglou still does manage to get in the occasional glamorous snap.
Almost every year at Melbourne Cup time Sandilands brings up Ms Tsivoglou’s memorable pictures.
Ms Tsivoglou (above) still manages to sneak in glamorous photos online among her family snaps
The former social media star’s snaps have taken a drastic turn in the last few years with glamorous photos swapped for snaps of her time with her son, Apollo (above)
Ms Tsivoglou (above) said she had no idea about her internet fame until the morning after the races
‘She looks amazing, she’s got cotton candy hanging out of her mouth… it’s all happening,’ he frothed at the time.
‘She’s kinda like a Selena Gomez looking girl,’ Jackie O said.
‘But hotter,’ Kyle added.
The Sydney radio host brought up the ‘Fairy Floss Girl’ again in a November, 2020, segment about the Melbourne Cup’s most iconic moments.
‘God, I can’t remember,’ his co-host ‘Jackie O’ told him. ‘Why was that so memorable?’
Kyle defensively shot back: ‘Because she was a beautiful brown girl. She was just gorgeous. She was hoeing into that big fairy floss stick.’
After producers brought up Ms Tsivoglou’s photos, Jackie admitted: ‘Oh, I remember her. Every guy fell in love with that girl at the time, didn’t they?’
Other memorable races attendees included ‘Wheelie Bin Girl’ – who made headlines after riding a Sulo bin like a horse at the 2016 cup – and Sarah Finn, who infamously pushed a police officer into a bush.
That woman, Jade Jillings, later came forward and said she was just ‘having a laugh’ and blamed free champagne available at the event.
‘It’s really hard and embarrassing,’ the 23-year-old told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
Ms Jillings is now believed to work in the racing industry.
Sarah Finn became famous in 2015 after she was promptly arrested (above) for pushing a policeman into bushes at the 2015 Melbourne Cup
Ms Finn said she was ‘somewhat tipsy’ when she pushed a police officer into the bushes (above) at the 2015 Melbourne Cup
Ms Finn appeared was convicted a year later while wearing a blue dress similar to her Melbourne Cup outfit (pictured, Ms Finn outside the court)
A year earlier at the 2015 Melbourne Cup event a 23-year-old Sarah Finn grabbed the country’s attention for dramatically pushing a policeman into a bush.
Ms Finn was filmed running towards the officer and shoving him into a the bushes outside the event before two other officers swooped in and arrested her.
She was fined and convicted for the assault a year later while wearing a blue dress eerily similar to her infamous Melbourne Cup outfit.
Diuring proceedings Ms Finn told the court she hadn’t had much to drink at the event but was ‘somewhat tipsy’ and had asked media personnel what she needed to do to ‘get on the news’.
Ms FInn was fined $800 by a court and hasn’t been heard from publicly since.