teen girl meets doppelgangers online

Photo via Santana Gutierrez/Twitter

This teen girl recently discovered she has half a dozen doppelgängers

This is starting to look like 'Orphan Black.'


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Jan 12, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 5:27 am CDT

Finding your nearly identical “double” isn’t that unusual, given that there are 7 billion people on the planet, but it’s certainly cool enough to discover that it would be worth taking a picture and putting it online. But what if, once you did, you discovered that you had a triple? And a quadruple? And a quintuple? And they just kept coming?

That’s what’s happening to Santana Gutierrez, a college student from San Diego, after she met her doppelgänger at the mall.

That’s Santana on the right, and her first lookalike, Isobel, on the left. After Santana put their selfie online in September, people started tagging their friends who also looked nearly identical to the two girls.


It would be one thing if there were just one or two, but it didn’t stop there. Months later, the uncanny clone club is still growing, and this is starting to look like a real-life Orphan Black.



What the heck is going on here? According to Carbonated.tv, Santana asked her parents if she had any secret relatives they hadn’t told her about, but they told her no. This is either a secret cloning initiative or just a really cool coincidence.

Santana told BuzzFeed she’d like to get all the doppelgängers together in person to take one amazing photo, maybe even wearing the same outfits.

But how would we tell them apart?

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2017, 11:49 am CST