The Wash columnist Dave Cannan talks to a Dunedin student
with an uncanny resemblance to pop superstar Lorde.
You only have to spend a minute or two on Google for
confirmation that history is littered with lookalikes - some
famous, some not so, and more than a few wannabes.
I suppose resembling a celebrity or a superstar or even
someone infamous could be a mixed blessing.
However, being mistaken for New Zealand's best-known pop
singer, Lorde, is a daily reality for Dunedin's Emma Bennet,
and if you take a look at the two photographs, I'm sure you
can see why.
Emma, who will be 21 later this year (Lorde, born Ella Marija
Lani Yelich-O'Connor, will be 18 on November 7), tells me
that at least once a day she gets asked either: ''has anyone
ever told you you look like Lorde?'' or ''are you Lorde?''
''It's so ridiculous,'' she says with a laugh, ''so I just
say `I am Lorde'.''
It's obvious talking to Emma she treats the constant banter
with good-natured amusement but she says the similarities
with Lorde are just coincidence - ''I've always looked like
this,'' she says, adding with another laugh, ''I am the
However, Emma makes no secret of her huge admiration for
Lorde and her music, regarding the Kiwi teenage star as
''quite cool and quirky'' and someone she would love to meet.
But, can Emma sing?
''Well, I like to think I can ... (more laughter) ... I
appeared in a music video for the River Jesters once,'' she
admitted - (NB: I found an excellent clip
for the single Pony on YouTube which, I think,
But, in ''real life'', Emma is in her last year as a zoology
student at Otago University and also does some part-time
modelling for Ican model agency, which is based in Queenstown
and owned by Tracy Cameron.
If you reckon you've found
some lookalikes, email
us the photographs or the names and we'll let
the readers decide