You Can Now Search for People to Date Based on Their Celebrity Lookalike

Courtesy of Badoo, Which Is Apparently the World's Largest Dating App

By Sam Eichner ·
Badoo, the world’s largest dating app you’ve probably never heard of, has launched a new feature that allows you to search for singles based on their likeness to celebrities, your Facebook friends or anyone else’s photo you feel inclined to upload.

Into Natalie Portman? Marcia, 53, kind of sort of looks like her, we guess, if you look really closely and block out crucial differences in facial structure and hair color.

Scarlett Johansson more your speed? Sunshine, 30, doesn’t bear even the slightest resemblance to her, but her name is Sunshine, so there’s that.

Looking for someone like J-Law? Ruslan, 24...well, she (he?) actually does really look like J-Law. Props to Ruslan.

If you visit the website, you can perform your own searches before signing up. The database is pretty vast. I started typing in Jennifer Lawrence, and the first Jennifer that came up was Jennifer Egan, 54-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad. I wasn’t sure whether to be impressed by Badoo’s knowledge of literary fiction or be weirded out that so many people were ostensibly searching for Jennifer Egan lookalikes (no offense to Egan).

In a press release I received from Badoo this morning, the publicist also provided data revealing the top 10 searches for male and female celebrities. As you can tell, this painted an even weirder picture:

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Chris Evans
  4. Chris Pratt
  5. Justin Bieber
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Michael Phelps
  8. Anwar Hadid
  9. Jake Gyllenhall
  10. Donald Trump
  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Beyoncé
  3. Selena Gomez
  4. Kylie Jenner
  5. Emma Stone
  6. Jennifer Lawrence
  7. Kendall Jenner
  8. Serena Williams
  9. Ariana Grande
  10. Simone Biles
That’s right: more people on Badoo are searching for men who look like Barack Obama and Donald Trump (Donald Trump!!!) than, say, Ryan Gosling, or Brad Pitt, or George Clooney.

Thanks very much, Badoo, but I think I’ll stick to Tinder.
Sam Eichner

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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