Thursday, 16 July 2009

Like a female Michael Winner

Lashes cast a distracted eye over the Observer Magazine yesterday morning (probably looking for the Business section for further hints on how to train his crack team of lizard ninjas to find money in the streets - his current career plan) and stopped short at this photo of Anna Wintour:





"Elle te ressemble" (She looks like you)



"Uh. Thanks?"



Upsides

She is smiling.

And groomed.



Downsides


Anna Wintour.


Terrifying 80s outfit.

Apparent Adam's apple.

Anna Wintour.

I should probably be grateful. The last celebri-comparison I got was "Meryl Streep but ugly" aged 14 at Quaker school.

Thursday distraction: what's the most unnerving or unflattering comparison you have ever had?

46 comments:

M. said...

HOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Laurent Voulzy. Yannick Noah.

I. Am. A. GIRL.

Pontecarlo Shoegal said...

Them - oooh you look like Rene Zelweger - but when she was in Bridget Jones not in Chicago.

Me - so when she was fat then? Gee Thanks.

Mrs Jones said...

Young girl at a gig I was singing at: "Are you Hazel O'Connor?"

(For those none the wiser, Hazel O'Connor was a boot-faced actress/singer who honked rather than warbled, had one good hit 'Will You' and was in a single shite film 'Breaking Glass' - witness the trailer and my horror at the comparison - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3onzhHCWG8)

Hamish Thompson said...

Clothes designer Paul Smith is a total spitter for former Israeli PM Golda Meir. Paul: http://bit.ly/53kf0 Golda: http://bit.ly/w2KpX

Anonymous said...

So Anna Wintour is a man? Explains a lot.

screamish said...

a boy.

or years later, Renee Zellweger, as Brigitte Jones, after she'd put on 15 kilos for the role.

katyboo1 said...

Lots of people say I look like Yvette Fielding. This is bad. Unfortunately I do.
C'est La Vie.
It could have been worse, I've always been worried someone might think I look like Olive from On the Buses

Mets said...

7 year old daughter on spotting my Facebook profile pic "you look like Grandma"

Juci said...

Harry Potter (especially when I still had glasses) and/or Frodo. I, too, am a girl.

redfox said...

I used to get Chelsea Clinton a lot, much to my non-delight. I don't know who I look like know that Chelsea has grown up and gotten plastic surgery. When I was a little girl in the 1980s I also used to get Molly Ringwald. What this tells you is that I am ginger (well, used to be -- it's darkened to auburnish in my old age) and toothy.

redfox said...

"Who I look like know"? Christ.

Kate said...

molly ringwald. i don't see it at all. I don't have that sort of upper lip. and i hope i don't make that stare she used to do in the 80s - the one where she looked like she might hurl.

fortunately, i also get scarlette johannson. but from Lost in Translation. Not when she looks like a movie star.

Mel said...

Dory - the female intellectually-challenged fish in Finding Nemo. Who, incidentally is also blue. As attributed by a former MEP in Kitty O'Shea's...

justme said...

Well, my inappropriatly young lover once commented thus
while I was sitting in the bath......
Him: You like like an animal.
Me: What sort of animal?
Him: A wet one.
....pause....
Him: Maybe a koala bear?

I can only hope he LIKES koala bears! Wet koala bears. Hmm.

justme said...

Should have said LOOK like, not like like. Sigh. Sorry

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No one's ever said I look like anyone. Non-descript, apparently.

Iheartfashion said...

Minnie Driver in the days of Good Will Hunting. And, more flatteringly, once, Juliette Binoche. Neither is at all accurate, but I do have an uncle who is a dead ringer for Gene Hackman.

Fat Controller said...

Mad Annie, who inhabited Eastleigh Shopping Centre, used to accuse me of being Gerry Adams. To anyone who would listen. At the top of her shrill voice.

Fat Controller said...

Oh yes, in my railway days I had a child ask its parent if I was The Fat Controller (surprise)

Word verification is 'broust'. Didn't he write 'À la recherche du....never mind.

Provincial Lady said...

At school, bullying types, in the year below me but hard as nails and thought they were oh-so-cool with their Essex facelifts, said to each other as I passed in my purple (first ever grown up - style & price) coat with big faux fur collar - "Oh look its the Queen of Sheba". Um, thanks?
(wv is 'ingur - what they were, possibly?)

DameEmma said...

Imelda Marcos (wtf? I am not Filipino, and I'm about FORTY years younger).
WV: Scroult, which is actually what I look like.

Jen Anderson said...

I think Anna's adam's apple in that shot is actually the hollow between the tendons in her neck because she's just that emaciated.

In high school, one of my friends said I looked like Terri Garr, which is fine, except that she's something like 20 years older than I am.

kathycastro said...

I used to get Monica Lewinsky ALL THE TIME. Like once a day. And people expected me to *thank* them. And while I appreciate the likeness in that I would happily have given Bill a BJ, she is the trifecta of unattractive, unstylish and fat, and I liked to think I was none of those at the time.

Anonymous said...

In high school people used to tell me I looked like Ally Sheedy in the breakfast club. I'd like to think I was better groomed than that, otherwise I will take it as a compliment since I also used to get mistaken for a man frequently. Now with kids in tow etc. at least I no longer get called sir.

Veronica Wald said...

Someone said, "You look just like Ricki Lake!!" That was before I had ever heard of Ricki Lake.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Marinka said...

A blind date (as in we'd never met before, not that he was differently visually abled, although from this story, you'd never know) once told me that I looked like Linda Evans. I was fifteen and she was 80, but apparently it was a huge compliment.

tragicanon said...

well i think, when i get my act together, i manage to pull off the cool, understated chic of the 'brad-pitt-years' gwyneth... or the calvin klein model that married john f kennedy junior, carolyn bessette...
no ones ever made these comparisons to my face, but i like to think they're what everyone's thinking behind my back...
the only comparison made more than once to me is peter crouch, the english footballer, but i'm forcing myself not to see it...

fabhat said...

Molly Ringwald (I had dyed red hair and unfortunate glasses...)mostly. When I was about 12, a woman in a shop said I looked just like Barbara Streisand, - I must have looked horrified (but actually just confused as I didn't know who she meant) and she quickly followed up with, "except for the nose dearie".I KNOW it was all about the nose..

Z said...

No one's ever told me I look like anyone. I found a website once where you sent in a photo and it said which well-known people you looked like and to what percent. For me, it said there were no matches. I am evidently not recognisable as human.

emily said...

rather flatteringly, kate beckinsale or audrey tatou... No bad comparisons looks wise, but apparently have rather a high voice and speak too fast!

emily said...

rather flatteringly, kate beckinsale or audrey tatou... No bad comparisons looks wise, but apparently have rather a high voice and speak too fast!

Anonymous said...

When my father saw my Matriculation photo from Oxford, he said I looked like the young Vivien Leigh.

This was absurdly flattering, but a really great thing for a father to say. I have a lot of subsequent rather bad memories of my father, so thank you for reminding me of one of the times he really came up trumps.

More recently, my mother has taken to saying that I am becoming a dead ringer for my Great-Aunt Vera, a pre-war ladies billiards champion who later emigrated to Canada with a woman called Bunty whom she met in the ATS during the war.

I am currently estranged from my mother.

Bella Vox said...

Sonja and....Janine off Eastenders! I do spend most of my time telling myself that I am far better looking than that....clearly not! Jesus...might have to kill myself now!

Elsie said...

Marisa Berenson and Jon Heder in Napoleon Dynamite. Gosh.

Anxious said...

Flattering comparisons: Rachel Weisz in "The Constant Gardner"

Unflattering comparsion: Sometimes, when in a ranty mood, I apparently sound like "Nan" out of Catherine Tate...

Jess said...

I got "hey Ellen" from a bouncer at the pub the other night - next weekend I was (more flatteringly) mistaken for Pink. Evidently Australian males think all women with short blond hair look exactly the same...

Red Shoes said...

Until the movie faded from public memory, I was constantly told I looked like a puppet on The Dark Crystal. God, I HAAAATED that.

I think the Anna Wintour thing is all about the lovely bobbed hair.

Marie said...

My best friend and I once uploaded our photos onto a website that used Computer Technology to tell you which celebrity you most resembled. The site told me that I looked like Natalie Wood. Thank you, I will totally take that, if a computer said it it must be true. Then my friend put in her photo and the computer said "this is not a face".

screamish said...

Marie- ah hhhaaaaaaaa! hahahahaa!! too funny

Rebecca said...

I get told I look like Lisa Riley (actress, ex-Emmerdale). It's just because we're both fat. If people would actually look past that, we're not similar.

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Loops said...

Sally Webster out of Corrie. And Niamh Cusack. Strangely they appeared at the same time on cover of TV mag making comparison in their looks.

deililly said...

I am sure I have told this one before. Once Maw was watching Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Vincent D'Onofrio was doing his 'am crazy weird but if you wait I do a clever crazy weird and catch the bad guy'
She sat back and said 'I like this guy, he reminds me of you. So bloody stupid acting but underneath can be quite clever.'

I still haven't recovered.

kcm said...

When I was little, back in the 50s, my parents maintained that I looked like Prince Charles (who as he is about 2 years older than me was also small at the time). I was never convinced this was a compliment.

One of my former colleagues used to maintain that I looked like BBC reporter Mark Mardell.

I guess I can, just, see the both likenesses though I have to say I don't think they're strong. To me I look much more like my father.

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

I've been told Bjork. I hope it wasn't a reference to my outfit.

Anonymous said...

A Troll doll, and Lindsay Lohan. Hm.