Regular readers of this blog know by now that beauty is a bit of a pet topic for me. I’m not talking about beauty products or haircare, I mean beauty as in “esthetically pleasing”. To summarize my ideas on it: I believe beauty is mathematical in nature, that the things we find beautiful follow certain patterns, and that it is possible to discern archetypical beauty in people, objects and events. That’s about it. Now lately I came across a series of “Celebrity Doppleganger” pictures, in which different celebrities were placed next to each other to point out similarities. I think if anything shows (if only through circumstantial evidence) that what is considered beautiful follows a pattern, it’s this… therefor I wanted to share it.
The celebrities that look alike are ordered per three from left to right, but I’m sure you can easily find similarities criss-cross through the raster as well. All these people’s claim to “beauty” is backed up by a rather large statistical sample of people who consider them beautiful.
I can’t help but see things like this and feel comforted and intrigued, yet vexed as well by the patterns that seem to surround and envelop us, but always escape my grasp when I try to put my finger on them… I know about facial symmetry and the sorts, but there seems to be more and it eludes me, much to my annoyance.