Is Selena Gomez Using a Body Double to Trick the Paparazzi?

Selena Gomez has been spotted doing something strange — and we don’t mean canoodling with Justin Bieber. When she stepped out in New York City on Wednesday, she was accompanied by a friend… who just so happened to look an awful lot like her. Both young women have long, dark hair that is parted in the middle. The two also wore similar printed pants and sunglasses. 

Here are the two ladies together:

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This made us wonder: Is Selena simply drawn to peers who share her personal aesthetic, or has she enlisted the help of a body double to stave off the paparazzi’s attention? After Gomez did some interviews to promote her new album, she and her mysterious companion left the venue separately. Gomez’s friend was seen leaving first, wearing huge sunglasses and shielding her face from offending camera flashes:

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Seriously, who blocks their face while walking down the street? That is strictly celebrity behavior. Either that or the behavior of someone who wants people to believe she is a celebrity. 

The ruse obviously didn’t work, however. While Gomez’s friend exited without being hassled (the exception being the photo above), Gomez herself emerged minutes later, only to be mobbed by fans and photographers: 

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Go figure. Nice try, Sel!

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