Ever heard the saying “there’s someone else out there who has the same face as you?” According to you, it’s probably Brad Pitt or Amanda Seyfried. But in all likelihood, it’s probably a normal person across the country you’ll never meet (with 7.4 billion people on the planet, there’s bound to be someone else out there who shares some of your features). Regardless, on April 20, we celebrate National Look-Alike Day. It’s the perfect day to try to convince people your doppelganger is a celebrity, instead of that completely normal person you bumped into at the supermarket. One small note though: if you’re trying to find your exact doppelganger, you might have to wait awhile. There’s only a 1 in 135 chance that there’s a single pair of exact doppelgangers! Can someone say #twinning?
Why We Love Doppelgängers (and National Look-Alike Day
A. We’re all innately narcissists
Let’s face it, all people think pretty highly of themselves in one way or another. It’s even backed by science that we have positive illusions of ourselves and our competence, which contributes to most of our optimistic outlook on life. Since people are so vain, of course they’d think other people resemble them. (Although, we’re sure if you asked the doppelganger, it’d probably be the other way around.) Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all? Don’t answer—we already know what you’re going to say.
B. Opposites don’t actually attract
86 percent of people think they want to date a person who complements their traits. However, data shows that women are way more likely to message someone on a dating site that resembles themselves. That means they’re looking for men who are of similar age and attractiveness,. They’re also looking for intangible similarities in education, humor, and creativity. In fact, they might even be looking for people who look similar to them. Science says that we are more likely to prefer faces which possess some of our own features. Aka, if you find your doppelganger, you might fall madly in love with them. That would make for a very awkward family reunion!
C. We all suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out)
Part of our doppelgänger obsession can be attributed to social media. The idea of having a double makes us feel prettier, cooler, more attractive, and even more likable. Moreover, living in the internet age makes it seem like a not-so-strange thing that we might even meet our double. The internet has completely opened up the world. So would it be that weird to accidentally stumble across your doppelganger on Instagram? We think not.
How to Celebrate National Look-Alike Day
1. Meet your celeb double
Your celebrity mystery match might be just a few clicks away. Check out some doppelgänger-generating websites, upload a photo, and live vicariously through your much more famous double. And then, go around telling everyone the famous celebrity you look like—only to be told you don’t resemble them at all. Don’t get your spirits down though—we believe you’re pretty enough to look like a celebrity.
2. Play dress up
Sometimes it’s fun to play dress up, so do your best celebrity impression and dress like your look-alike. Let people do double takes while you’re walking down the street. Who knows, someone might even ask you for an autograph! Have you seen the classic Hillary Duff movie “The Lizzie McGuire Movie?” That’s exactly what we’re imagining. Be mistaken for a celeb and you might become the pop star of your dreams!
3. “Accidentally” match with your best friend
Sometimes the best things come in pairs. Make others do a double-take by planning a fun, matching outfit with a friend. If you’re joined at the hip—I mean wardrobe—there’s no opting out of a friendship now, is there? Maybe your faces don’t look alike at all, but the next best thing is to match that wardrobe. And we have to give you props; you’ve fooled us already.
Favorite Doppelgänger Resources
Celebs Like Me — Celebslike.me
“Does Everyone Have a Look-Alike?” — Livestrong
Meet the artist who’s proved that strangers can be doppelgängers — FrancoisBrunelle.com