To all of those women still chasing Zeddie Little V, the 25-year-old identified as the Internet's Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, he's off the market. Little has a girlfriend of five years, according to his 58-year-old father, Zeddie Little IV, who goes by Jack.
My son is in a relationship and he is very committed to his girlfriend, Little said. I'm not sure what she makes of all this attention he has been receiving.
Little reportedly met his girlfriend, who has not yet been identified, when he worked at a pizza restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, back in 2007 -- Little resides in the nearby city of Isle of Palms. The couple reportedly moved to New York in the spring of 2011, and Zeddie had since held a few restaurant jobs and brief internships.
But the transformation from Zeddie Little into the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, began last weekend, when Little decided to compete in the 10km Cooper Bridge run in Charleston. As he ran with the crowd, Will King, an amateur photographer, snapped a photo when Little happened to be looking straight into the camera. His enormous smile and his perfectly flowing hair was a stark contrast to the sweaty, tired competitors surrounding him.
One of my friends commented on the picture and said something along the lines of, 'I dub this guy Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic,' King said. I thought it was a pretty cool comment, so I posted it on Reddit. For some reason it just took off from there.
Since Little's picture was posted earlier this week, his mug has become the center of an Internet phenomenon. Users have made the Riduclously Photogenic Guy into a meme by adding different captions to his picture, such as Goes For A Job... Whole Town Follows Him, and Runs Marathon and Wins... My Heart.
I'm excited for him, said Little's father. Yeah, I mean he's always been very quiet and very conscientious and never wanted any attention, and I think he's very much deserving of it.
His father believes the photo could be a tremendous moment in young Zeddie's life.
This is totally unexpected and has just happened -- he was in the right place at the right time with the right smile, he said. He has never done any modelling or anything like that. Right now he's trying to break into the PR business in New York, so this will probably help. He's done a few part-time jobs but has just got something permanent. He's a bit overwhelmed by all the attention, he doesn't know what to do and when he called me to tell me about it he said: 'I can't believe it!'
Restaurant owner Ricky Hacker, who named Little his first employee when he opened his pizza joint in 2007, said he is happy for Little, but very surprised.
You know, from Charleston, you live in New York, and you get discovered in Charleston, Hacker said. The man was just trying to exercise.
Even though Zeddie Little has a girlfriend, all eyes will be on him whenever he jogs around New York or his home state of South Carolina. To get him to smile, just lift a camera.