However, inspired by BuzzFeed’s investigation, we here at Bustle decided to perform an experiment of our own. Using ourselves as subjects, the editorial team attempted to determine once and for all whether celebrity lookalike generators actually work. Here’s how we conducted our terribly scientific (by which I mean not one bit scientific) study:
16 brave volunteers from the editorial team of Bustle.com.
Each participant was asked to self-select a photograph of themselves and run it through one of two celebrity lookalike generators: Face++ or Picadilo. The choice of which generator to use was left to the participant to decide. Once the generator had determined the participant’s matches, the participant then screencapped the results and submitted them for review.
Here’s where things get… interesting. Let’s begin off with yours truly:
1. Lucia Peters, Lifestyle Contributor
certainly a motley crew. I mean, Meryl is awesome, but I’m not sure I see the
similarity between her and myself (except maybe for our spectacular schnozzes).
Note, too, that none of the people referred to in the results look remotely
like each other. Will this perhaps be an ongoing theme?
2. Dani Fankhauser, Branded Content Editor
that the generator is gender-blind, but again: None of these people look at all
like each other.
3. Samantha Rullo, Associate Entertainment Editor
As Samantha put
it, “IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH.” But also Kevin Spacey. So… it’s Frank Underwood,
4. Kara McGrath, Fashion & Beauty Editor
suspect that the Picalo generator thinks glasses are just another body part.
Either that or it’s convinced that anyone wearing them must have had them
5. Kate Ward, Managing Editor
Kate was one of
the only participants to use Face++. Her results clearly indicate that she
missed out on a lucrative side career moonlighting as Tyler Durden.
6. Margaret Wheeler Johnson, Deputy Editor
Margaret’s results include a different version of Winona than mine did. Hmmmm…
7. Julie Alvin, Senior Lifestyle Editor
8. Jenny Hollander, Senior News Editor
You guys! Jenny and Julie must be secretly related! How else do you explain the fact that they
both allegedly look like Fred Durst, Ben Kingsley, and Michael Bloomberg?
9. Kathryn Kattalia, Associate Lifestyle Editor
Kathryn’s results have something of a face shape theme, although Bloomberg’s repeated
presence continues to surprise.
10. Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Editor
In a past life,
Hayley was blonde; she was also the author of an incredibly successful series
of children’s fantasy novels, the first of which was titled Mary Trotter and the Magician’s Pebble.
11. Rosanne Salvatore, Homepage Manager
destined for a life of royalty.
12. Lia Beck, Associate Entertainment Editor
Lia managed to come up with perhaps the only somewhat
accurate result: She totally does look
13. Jordan Rubin, Assistant Social Media Editor
14. Rachel Krantz, Senior Features Editor
Maybe if I
squint a little… nope. Not seeing it. Also, BILL CLINTON?
15. Jessica Blankenship, Senior Web Culture Editor
At least they
all have one helluva smolder. Even Madeleine Albright. Especially Madeleine Albright.
16. Kelsea Stahler, Entertainment Editor
Kelsea’s results are perhaps the most telling: She submitted two photographs, proving that depending on the angle from which your picture was shot, your results will differ dramatically.
Also, does anyone else now have the Sesame
Street “Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other” song stuck in their
It’s just as we suspected:
Celebrity lookalike generators don’t work one bit. Our findings may not be surprising in and of themselves… but you know what is surprising? The fact that so many of them exist, as well as the fact that they remain such a popular procrastination tool. We were unable to determine why humans feel compelled to use them, in spite of the fact that we know they don’t work; further studies might attempt to explain this strange phenomenon.