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Meet The Woman Behind The Pattern That Defined The '90s

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If you grew up in the '90s, you probably share a lot of strong memories with other '90s kids.

From fashion to smells, there's almost nothing that can't give us flashbacks of our childhood. But one of the mostly strangely evocative trips down memory lane comes when we look at those plastic solo cups with the purple and blue designs.

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These disposable cups were everywhere in the '90s, and they fit right in with the bizarre designs of places like out favorite fast food restaurant. But, against all odds, the design is still around, and still selling like hot cakes around the world.

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Today, '90s kids have put the design on their cars, their clothes, and even their bodies. Devoted fans have even set up a Facebook page to share their love for the design.

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But despite the cult following, almost nothing was known about the famous pattern until earlier this month.

Fans searching for answers on Reddit only got a few answers from the cup's manufacturer, the Dart Container Company.

Dart revealed the little they knew: the pattern was called Jazz, and it was designed by a woman named Gina sometime in the late '80s or early '90s, when she was working for Dart's predecessor the Sweetheart Cup Company.

But a local reporter pulled off some expert sleuthing to find the woman behind the iconic design, and finally got the answers we've waited decades for.

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