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Why Does the Hula-Hooping Girl in Kimmy Schmidt’s Credit Sequence Look So Familiar?

We’ve seen this little hula-hooper before.


Many critics have noted that The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s theme song is a work of genius. As Aisha Harris noted on Slate, “its viral-primed, insanely catchy theme song” is among the show’s best quirks. But if you pay close attention to the opening credits that the earworm plays over, you’ll notice a possibly familiar presence: a hula-hooping girl.

Where have you seen her before? She also appears about four seconds into The Americans much less-auto-tuned credits. Reddit pointed this out several days ago, and a few people have begun calling it out on Twitter, too:

Who is this child? Is Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in the KGB? Let us know your theories. No matter what, this should make for some great fan fiction.

Update, March 11, 2015, 10:35 p.m.: Commenter Charles Decker points out that the video, credited to Bob Bardel, is from 1958 and available on Getty