We Are Obsessed With Google’s New Famous Portrait Selfie Face-Matching App

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Have you ever wondered if you have a famous twin? Or maybe everyone tells you, “You look just like…” Now Google wants to help you find your art history twin—and it seems like everyone is kind of freaking out over it. More precisely, everyone is freaking out over Google’s Arts and Culture app and its new famous portrait selfie face matching feature and how totally accurate—or totally off—it can be.


The Google Arts and Culture app isn’t exactly new. It’s been around for more than two years. But it recently added the new face-matching feature, allowing you to find your art history portrait doppelgänger. And it totally works. At least, according to some of its users. Actually, Google added the feature a several weeks ago in mid-December. But after some serious social media posting, it looks like everyone has just “discovered” it in the past few days.

So how does the app find your mirror-image match from all of art history’s greats? You start by taking a selfie. Then the app matches you up with a famous portrait based on your face. Okay, okay, so that’s the simplified version of what the app does. But unless you’re all about facial recognition software, that’s really all you need to know.

Of course, some people aren’t exactly thrilled with the results. There’s no promise that the app will match you up with a portrait that’s the same sex as you. And some of those old school paintings are far from flattering. Hey, even if you don’t agree with the results, the app is still a pretty rad way to waste a few minutes of your day.

Is there a famous person for whom you are often mistaken? Share your famous look-alike in the comments below.

—Erica Loop


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