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Taekwondo Olympian goes viral after image shows an uncanny resemblance to Lady Gaga

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Julyana Al-Sadeq went viral after Twitter users perceived similarities to Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga, Julyana Al-Sadeq/Instagram
  • Julyana Al-Sadeq, 26, is a taekwondo athlete representing Jordan at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • Al-Sadeq went viral on Monday July 26 after a picture appeared to show a resemblance to Lady Gaga.
  • She competed against Brazillian athlete Milena Titoneli, but was knocked out in Round 16.
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Olympian Julyana Al-Sadeq, who is representing Jordan as a taekwondo athlete, competed against Brazil representative Milena Titoneli in the Taekwondo Women's Welterweight 57-67kg category on Monday July 26, and promptly went viral for her perceived resemblance to Lady Gaga.

Although she ultimately lost to Titoneli in Tokyo, experiencing a knockout in Round 16 of the bout, images from the fight quickly circulated on social media, with one in particular leading "Lady Gaga" to trend on Twitter on July 26.

A tweet by fan account Gaga Daily, which has half a million followers, shared an image of Al-Sadeq in action with the caption: "Why is Lady Gaga at the Olympics?" The tweet has received over 23,000 likes.

While many agreed the resemblance was striking, other users shared images from different angles, in which the similarities were less noticeable.

Al-Sadeq's likeness to the musician led to a lot of memes on Twitter. In one tweet with almost 3,000 likes, user @hausofmalamente wrote: "Lady Gaga said 'F--k-Grammys and Oscars, I want a gold Olympic medal now'."

A decorated athlete, Al-Sadeq has in the past won gold medals in taekwondo events at both the 2018 Asian Games and the 2017 Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games. She also represented Jordan in the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in 2018 and 2019.

Al-Sadeq isn't the only Lady Gaga doppelganger fans have noticed in recent years. In November 2020, a Brazillian YouTuber's vlog went viral after fans noticed similarities between the vlogger's dentist and the singer, and as recently as June this year another lookalike went viral on Twitter after fans saw a likeness between Gaga and a Russian TV judge.

Neither Al-Sadeq nor Gaga appear to have responded to tweets about the image.


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