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We Found the Artwork Lookalikes of Manila Society Through This Free App. Here's How You Can Find Yours

We tested the new 'Search for Your Selfie' feature of the Google Arts & Culture app on T&C cover subjects and personalities.
IMAGE ROY MACAM/ GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE
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With billions of people inhabiting the earth, the chances of you having a doppelganger or even a close lookalike are not farfetched at all.

The mobile application Google Arts & Culture, which has been around since 2016, has played around with this idea and applied it to the vast collection of art it keeps in its database. In its recently launched feature, the app invites users to take selfies and proceeds to match it with similar portraits from museums. The results, while not always accurate, provide an amusing new way of discovering art and artists from around the world and throughout history.

For fun, we tried out the novel feature with a few of Town&Country’s past cover subjects and the outcome was amazing. See the best ones below:

MARGARITA FORÉS


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BRUCE RICKETTS


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CRICKETTE TANTOCO


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ERWAN HEUSSAFF


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FRED UYTENGSU


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BEA VALDES


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BERNA ROMULO PUYAT


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LEN CABILI


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MARIA PARSONS


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MARIANNA LOPEZ VARGAS


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MARLON STOCKINGER


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MERLEE JAYME


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FEDERICO LOPEZ


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SOFIA ELIZALDE


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STEPHANIE KIENLE GONZALEZ


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We couldn’t resist trying it on members of the royal family too. The matches were uncanny:

QUEEN ELIZABETH


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PRINCESS DIANA


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KATE MIDDLETON


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PRINCE WILLIAM


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So far, the selfies have been the talk of the town, with celebrities posting hilarious matches of their own, with posts flooding Instagram feeds and trending on Twitter.

The selfie option is still in its testing phase and, in the meantime, is only available in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and parts of the U.S., so the App Store has urged users to stay tuned for further improvement and expansion. As of this writing, Google Arts & Culture holds the 12th spot on the Apple Store’s entertainment ranking, while the number of downloads has grown to almost 10 million on the Play Store. A week ago, Huffington Post reported that the app had skyrocketed to the number one position in America’s Apple app store.

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Apart from the feature, the primary goal of the application is to give users the opportunity to virtually explore over 1,200 museums, galleries, and institutions in over 70 countries and to encourage learning “about the events that shaped our world.” There are thousands of videos, photos, and manuscripts to discover and this plethora of resources is available to all users. Download the app here for iOS users and here for Android users.

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