Of all the confusing things in the world, it seems unlikely that a curtain and some mysterious celebrity will become the subjects of a worldwide search for unknown information. However, this is exactly the problem that countless Internet detectives are currently facing.
Those of us born before some time would no doubt remember a time when occasional inquiries could remain a mystery forever. If your immediate family and friends weren’t able to provide an answer, a trip to the library might help, but often only a chance encounter with the eventual answer could reassure you.
These days, it seems astonishing that questions can go unanswered. With the ubiquitous nature of the internet providing all kinds of information at the push of a button, only the most intense and complex mysteries are meant to be eternal puzzles, right? Well that’s probably what everyone was thinking before they stumbled upon an infamous curtain.
What the hell am I talking about? Well, the story begins in January 2020 when Reddit user TontasH took to the / r / TipOfMyTongue subreddit to ask a question about the identity of a famous person on their curtain. Many answers came in, but over time a person’s identity has remained elusive, leading to a few new questions over the months, including April; “Who is this celebrity / famous person on my curtains”.
“I had fabric curtains printed with illustrations of famous people over 10 years (maybe from 2008),” they began. “All the people were recognized except [this] a.”
Again, it seemed like a simple request. All people had to do was take a look at the photo and then write down who they thought was the celebrity, pairing it with the actual reference photo that was used for the design. However, when people actually took a look at the image, well, there was confusion:
Like most casual sleuths, you’ve probably just glanced at this picture and said, “Oh, that’s easy! I know who it is! It’s… ”, and that’s where the resolution ends. In reality, more people had the same reaction, claiming they knew exactly who it was, but unable to locate a name or find a reference photo.
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Names like Björk, River Phoenix, Evangeline Lilly, Val Kilmer and many more – over 200 – have popped up, with no definitive answer. In fact, the search has become so intense that even a subreddit – / r / CelebrityNumberSix – has popped up hoping to find their identities.
But first, let’s take a step back and answer a few important questions.
Where does this curtain come from?
According to an answer given by TontasH in early 2020, the curtain was purchased in 2008 from a store in their native Finland. Apparently designed and / or sold by Latky Mraz in the Czech Republic, the company’s website listed Robert Kaufman Fabrics as a supplier. However, other attempts to find information regarding the release, creation or promotion of the design have remained unsuccessful to this day.
In fact, one user – Data_Cap0101 – even contacted Robert Kaufman Fabrics, only to receive a message that “we cannot disclose the names of our creators”. As they explain, it sounds rather “odd considering they have an entire tab on their website dedicated to listing their designers.”
“I have the impression that it comes from them, but they do not want to take responsibility for it”, they concluded.
Interestingly, the design is also available in different colors, with the Fabrics House website simply listing a red version as “decorative fabric with movie stars,” with no identities listed. Unfortunately, it is currently out of stock.
Who else was on the curtain?
That’s a question many would-be detectives have asked before, wondering if maybe the other the celebrities on the web are actually equally unknown identities, or even just z-list celebrities who have no hope of being discovered. Well, that’s where the problem lies, as not only were the other images identified by name, but also confirmed with an accompanying reference photo that their image design was based on.
Containing a mix of models and actors, including Adriana Lima (strangely twice), Josh Holloway, Jessica Alba, Travis Fimmel, Ian Somerhalder and Orlando Bloom, all of the celebs enjoyed great fame throughout the 2000s, with each of the photo references taken between 2003 and 2007.
Surprisingly, with that, we’ve basically covered everything we know about the fabric and its background except for the identity of celebrity number six. As expected, countless people came up with potential names, but couldn’t back them up with a reference photo.
As one user put it: “I saw the original of this photo. I can’t remember who she is or the exact color of the shirt. But I remember she has some sort of VIP pass or Backstage pass around her neck. The thick dark line around his “neck” is the strap for the pass.
Unfortunately, they could not remember the identity of the somewhat androgynous person, but claimed that the celebrity in question was female, with “dark blonde” hair, and that the image itself was available in line over the past two years, probably having appeared. on Reddit or Instagram at one point.
Of course, others have looked at the image long enough to even pose alternative theories about the image itself. Some of these range from the fact that the location of the buttons on their top seems to indicate a man’s shirt, wondering if the mark to the right of the image is in fact a gun, or if the person is even a celebrity, perhaps suggesting they were just an “attractive, random person who got caught up in the photographic crossfire” at one point.
One theory that carries weight comes from a user who suggested that a watermark might even be visible on the right side of the image. This could apparently explain the distributor’s reluctance to pass on more details, given that the designer may not have the proper rights to use a licensed image for a mass-produced design.
But the question remains: who the hell is this mysterious celebrity?
Currently, the most important and possible suggestion comes from Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, who rose to fame for his role as Tim Riggins in Friday night lights around the time the original photos would have been taken. Of course, no definitive proof has yet been offered, which means this mystery will likely survive for some time.
If you think you can solve this mystery, head over to the / r / CelebrityNumberSix subreddit and rest assured.