KJ Apa Thirst Traps His Alter Ego 'Fifi' — But Did He Know What It Means?

Monday April 18, 2022
Originally published on April 6, 2022

KJ Apa
KJ Apa  (Source:Instagram)

"Riverdale" star KJ Apa is no stranger to thirst-traps, as his Instagram account attests. But a recent one seemed curious when he mentioned an alter-ego "Fifi."


"Fifi" is a term with numerous definitions, according to the Urban Dictionary. Amongst them it is described as: "Any simulated vagina, homemade or commercial." But the more disturbing one is "A derogatory Quebecois term for a homosexual male used during the 1960s and 1970s."

The gay-positive Apa likely didn't know the reference and isn't trolling LGBTQs with the use of the word. Instead he links to his TikTok account he calls "fifisqueen," with the tagline "there is only one queen and her name is fifi."

And on it he has dropped some pretty off-the-wall dance videos, such as these:

@fifiisqueen

The bitch is back ? INFERNO - Sub Urban & Bella Poarch

@fifiisqueen

Can't stop will NOT stop ? Stunnin' (feat. Harm Franklin) - Curtis Waters

The New Zealand-born actor has been playing Archie Andrews on the CW's hit series "Riverdale" since 2016. Since 2020 he's been in a relationship with model Clara Berry, with whom they have a son born in 2021.

It is doubtful that Apa meant the term to be homophobic. He has long been a LGBTQ ally; for instance, (as TeenVogue reported) his having responded to a homophobic comment from Aussie rugby star Israel Folau. On Instagram, Folau responded to a query as to "What was God's plans for gay people?"with "HELL..unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."


"@izzyfolau Very disappointing comments... Our role as Christians is to LOVE not Judge," KJ wrote on a screenshot of Israel's comment that he posted to his Instagram story. "What gives you the right to condemn? Are you perfect? Sit down."

The website Looper reported that Apa has expressed some frustration with playing Archie Andrews, having told Demi Moore in an Interview Magazine story that starring in the film "Songbird" in 2020 was a liberating experience. "I felt so free coming from a show where I feel like I'm in jail a lot of the time. There are so many restrictions on what I can and can't do."