There’s Nothing New Under The Sun: Modern Celebrities Who Remind Us Of Older Stars

May 9, 2013  |  
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As talented and fabulous as these modern-day celebs may be, we can’t help but listen to their music or watch them in movies and feel a little nostalgic. Sure, they’re doing their thing, but we hope they realize just how similar to their predecessors their “things” really are. Do these younger stars remind you of some older ones?

Ciara/Janet Jackson

We may not have realized it at first, but the more Ciara develops as an artist the more her (many) similarities to Janet Jackson become evident. She dances like her, sings like her, looks like her and even talks like her! Ciara has mentioned in interviews that Janet is her idol, which makes complete sense considering she references her constantly. Just check out the cover art for her newest single “Body Party.” Look familiar?

Fantasia/Patti Labelle

It’s a shame that Fantasia’s vocal talents have been so outshined by her financial and relationship drama, because when that girl sings she is so much like soul legend Patti Labelle. And like Ms. Labelle, Fanny knows just how to rip EVERY single one of her stage performances to shreds. She even kicks off her shoes like Auntie Patti.

Kerry Washington/Diahann Carroll

In 1968, Diahann Carroll made history as the first African-American woman to star in a TV series and not play a domestic worker. In 2012, Kerry Washington made history as the first African-American woman to lead a primetime TV show in 40 years. Naturally, Kerry and her accomplishments today remind us of Diahann and her accomplishments decades ago.

Beyoncé/Tina Turner

Sorry Beyoncé stans, but not even Bey has brought much originality to the music world. For years her artistic traits have been compared to Tina Turner’s (and many others). From her divalicious stage outfits to her “dance like your life depends on it!” choreography – Beyoncé is Tina’s protégée in every sense of the word.

Ariana Grande/Mariah Carey

R&B newcomer Ariana Grande sounds just like Mariah Carey on her new single “The Way” featuring Mac Miller. The 19-year old even looks like MiMi! And we know we’ve seen that lying down singing thing done before… Check it out for yourself:

Ruben Studdard/Luther Vandross

Ever since his singing debut on American Idol, Ruben Studdard’s velvety voice has reminded us of the late, great Luther Vandross – who once praised Studdard’s talents.

Toni Braxton/Anita Baker

Although Anita Baker and Toni Braxton enjoyed fame less than one decade apart, the two are super similar in an old school/new school way. They both have very strong lower singing ranges making for sounds that are incomprehensible at times, but so, so smooth-sounding.

Halle Berry/ Dorothy Dandridge

Like Dorothy, Halle’s made headlines for her acting chops (Dorothy was the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and Halle has won that award); and her personal struggles (Dorothy had a number of fateful relationships, and Halle’s been linked to her fair share of fools). Plus, of course, Halle favors the iconic star and played her in the award-winning biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Jennifer Hudson/Aretha Franklin

We know, we know. How dare we compare anyone to Aretha Franklin? It was difficult, and we may get read for it. But if any modern singer reminds us of the Queen of Soul it would have to be Jennifer Hudson – if only for her pipes. Plus, Aretha Franklin herself has been considering J-Hud to play her in a movie about her life, so we guess we aren’t the only ones who see some similarities there!

Sofia Vergara/Charo

There’s no denying that Charo is Sofia Vergara’s spirit animal. They’re both loud, over-the-top Latinas with heavy accents and flouncy curves. They both crossed into mainstream American markets from smaller Latin American ones. And they both are better known for their kooky catchphrases and poor English language skills than their actual talents. These may not seem like the best qualities, but they’ve worked darn well for both women.

Lady Gaga/Madonna

Lady Gaga can wear all the meat dresses and 16-inch heels she wants, she will always remind us of Madonna. There’s just something about her musical styling, song themes, cult appeal and even fashion sense that seems already done. And sorry Gaga, but “Born This Way” does sound a lot like Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Just saying.

Denzel Washington/Sidney Poitier

Many of us started comparing these two in 2001, around the time Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, which he won. Making him the second black actor – behind Sidney Poitier, of course – to take home the prestigious honor.

But aside from their professional commonalities, Denzel and Sidney must have a lot of personal ones as well, because the two are actually quite good friends.

Alicia Keys/Lena Horne

Alicia Keys may not sing Jazz, but she sure looks a whole lot like Jazz icon Lena Horne. Oprah even expressed interest in casting Alicia to play Lena in a biopic she’s producing.

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