'Doppelbanging': New Term for Dating Someone You Look Like

What are people looking for in a significant other? Themselves, apparently.

Couples formed of duos that look alike aren’t alone — they’ve actually become the epitome of a newly coined dating term: “doppelbangers.”

A play on doppelganger, the German word for a nearly identical look-alike, the Daily Mail observed the trendy phenomenon of doppelbangers among celebrity couples who have uncanny mirroring features. The term originated in the LGBTQ communityCosmopolitan reported.

Oscar nominee Kristen Stewart and fiancée Dylan Meyer are a shining example of doppelbangers as their blond hair and shapely bodies are a nearly exact match.

Meanwhile other A-list couples, like blue-eyed buds Courteney Cox and Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid, in addition to Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter, along with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, also share doppelbanging criteria, sharing similar body types and facial features, according to the Mail.

The sturdy jawlines and cheek structures of recently retired football legend Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen were also considered doppelbang-esque traits — as were the distinct eyebrows and brown hair shared by Keira Knightley and husband James Righton.

But even for the common folk, there is a scientifically observed trend to be attracted to one’s own traits found in another.


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