Most of would be lucky if we had at least one celebrity who looked like us. However, not for Samantha Rodriguez, an 18-year-old from Texas, who is being called the love child of two of pop music’s most well-known faces: Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.
Like thousands of other people, Rodriguez spent her weekend in Houston celebrating LGBTQ Pride, which she documented on her Twitter with a picture of her in a rainbow bikini, pink shorts, and plenty of glitter. However, something unexpected happened. Within ours, Rodriguez’s picture amassed more than 30,000 likes and thousands of retweets from fans who believe that she’s a mix between Lovato and Grande. Some retweeted comments, such as “No Tears Left to Be Sober” – Demi Grande,” mashing up songs from the two artists, while others simply called Rodriguez Grande and Lovato’s baby.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Rodriguez explained that she’s heard comparisons to Grande before, but the Lovato comments were completely new. “I’ve gotten the comment about Ariana quite a lot actually,” she said. “The Demi comparison was kind of random, I’m assuming because of my chin. I personally don’t see the resemblance to either so all of the attention I’ve gotten is so wild to me.”
She added, “People have been reaching out to me on all platforms explaining how crazy it is that I can look like two celebrities in one. I’ve been called Demi and Ari’s baby so many times now.”
And though the internet fame has definitely blown up Rodriguez’s notifications, she isn’t complaining about the comparisons. In fact, she has called Lovato one of her “biggest celeb crushes before,” so the look-alike talk is definitely a compliment. “I actually love everything about both women and what they stand for,” she said. “They also happen to be extremely gorgeous so to be able to be compared to them both is really an amazing feeling.”
Of course, every celebrity look-alike is in the eye of the beholder. Take a look at some of Rodriguez’s other selfies below and decide is she’s more Demi, more Ari, or a 50/50 split.