The story goes back to 1990: The American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers was in the Netherlands. Photographer William Rutten went out to take a photo with them. “We went to shoot at a closed store.” Only, it did not go so smoothly, because all the time a happy woman appeared, fully dressed in pink.
“The band didn’t know who she was, but I thought it was a little fun. I found it really annoying,” Rutton laughs. “They always wanted to talk to that girl when I had to take a photo. I only took a few pictures of them together.”
Social media call
The result was special photos that Rutton never looked back on until he saw them in the archive seven years ago. After looking at the pictures, he asked, “Who does that girl find special?” Thought.
Has posted a request on social websites. The rock band also shared the news.
That photo is viral. This provoked thousands of responses from those claiming to be female. “People from all over the world demanded it, but could not prove it. When I asked if I could send a photo of the past, no one cared,” Rutten said.
Quit search. Yet the news is spreading virally every year. “Then it appeared somewhere again, but to be honest I gave up hope.”
The girl got it
But then: a Dutch woman sent a message to Rutten a few weeks ago: she recognized the woman. “My son was playing with her, but the family moved to Australia. Her Australian parents were foreigners and they lived in the Netherlands for three years,” he wrote.
Then things happened quickly: through the Dutch woman, the little girl’s family learned of the photo. The woman contacted Rutton. Her name is Sonia. “She immediately sent me a picture of how she looked that day. Then I knew for sure: it was her!”
Sonia, now in her early thirties, responded enthusiastically. “It’s very surreal, very different. My boyfriend is a huge fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was crazy.”
Rutton is thrilled to find the girl. “Imagine being in a movie with the Beatles. It’s wonderful. It’s a fairy tale.” He has not yet reported the news to the rock band. “They will like it anyway.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. “Maybe they’ll meet again. It would be nice.”
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