Wonder Women: Presenting the special powers of mother and daughter lookalikes

Results from annual Mother's Day contest are in

Pleasanton Weekly readers loved the photos of mother Jennifer Lillard and daughter Katelyn each at age 4 wearing a Wonder Woman wardrobe, picking the Pleasanton pair as the winner of this year's Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest. Jennifer and Katelyn also shared a photo of what they look like today.

The winners of this year's Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest are Jennifer Lillard and her 4-year-old daughter, Katelyn.

They do look alike now, but the resemblance is even stronger in photos of them both at age 4.

"We have a video of me at that age doing a ballet dance and it is surreal to see -- our body shapes are the same at that age," Jennifer said. "Katelyn was excited because she thought it was her, then she was like, wait a minute, who is this person? She said, 'I don't have a blue leotard so that can't be me.'"

The combination photo submitted to the contest by the Lillards shows Jennifer in 1981 in her Wonder Woman Underroos, a fashionable style of children's underwear at the time featuring characters from pop culture. As a matter of fact, the original photo included her brother in similar Batman garb.

When Katelyn picked out a Wonder Women swimsuit recently, Jennifer recalled her old photo and took a similar shot of her daughter. Katelyn saw the photos side by side and exclaimed, "Mommy, we have the same stars!"

Jennifer's parents began to see the resemblance as Katelyn became a toddler. She recalled them saying, "Gosh, Jennifer, she looks just like you, she talks like you."

Newer acquaintances see a lot of dad Matt in her, and he likes to hear that. But now the jury is in that Jennifer and Katelyn are the lookalikes.

"We smile the same," Jennifer said. "We smile with our eyes closed, we don't know how to smile with our eyes open. We call them 'smiling eyes' in my family."

"When Katelyn is not smiling, she looks like my husband," she added.

Jennifer treasures the Wonder Woman photo combo.

"It's proof that I once had light blond hair," she commented with a laugh.

Katelyn has an older brother Austin, a seventh-grader at Pleasanton Middle School, and a sister Kendall, who is a junior at Foothill High.

Family resemblance certainly runs in the family for Jennifer Lillard because she and daughter Kendall Harris took first place in the Pleasanton Weekly's annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest back in 2015 when Kendall was 12 years old. (Contest rules don't allow a winning pair to enter again in future years, but there's nothing precluding mothers from re-entering with other daughters.)

The Weekly holds the lookalike contest each year in recognition of Mother's Day in May. This year there were 24 submissions, which the staff narrowed down to eight finalists that were posted at for the public to cast their votes. First-place winners receive four tickets to the Alameda County Fair and $50 cash. The second-place pair earns two Fair tickets and $25 cash.

This year's runner-up finishers are Marla Lucas and her daughter Eden, who is 12.

Eden and her brother, Evan, 13, went to Hearst Elementary School and now attend The Athenian School in Danville.

The photo was taken recently when dad Robert noticed that Evan was suddenly taller than Marla. He began taking photos to document the kids' growth.

"My son officially passed me up; it was a big deal when he turned 13," Marla said.

Robert made sure to take a shot of Marla and Eden together noting, "Look at you guys! You're both wearing your hair up and your glasses at the same time!"

Eden's standard hairstyle is a bun but Marla usually wears hers down, and she wears contact lenses to work.

"I was so happy with that photo and I decided to submit it," Marla said, adding that she has voted in the lookalike contest in previous years. "And I was so excited that we were even finalists. I was completely surprised."

Marla said she regularly sends photos to family and friends who don't live nearby.

"My husband has a very large family, and we send out pictures of the kids regularly on a group text so everyone is aware of what everyone else is doing," Marla said. "I sent it to my friends I've had since kindergarten and they said, 'Oh, my gosh, Eden looks just like you now.'"

"The only difference is she has green eyes and I have brown eyes," Marla said.

Marla says she and Robert see elements of both of them in their daughter.

"But as she's gotten older, she is starting to favor me," Marla said.

Strangers also sometimes comment, "That is definitely your daughter."

And our readers agreed.

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