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Famous — From the Back

Some icons are recognizable from any angle. Any angle at all.

Fame is a funny thing. People everywhere seek it — and once they find it, they realize it can be a burden as well as a gift. Imagine not being able to leave your house without someone (or everyone) recognizing you, asking for an autograph, a selfie, or "just a few minutes of your time." Now imagine being so famous that people recognize you even if they catch just the merest glimpse — say, the back of your head. That would be ... weird. How many of these contemporary celebrities and old-school icons can you recognize?

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Jennifer Lopez
TIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images TIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images Jennifer Lopez FYF Fest 2016 - Day 2 Kevin Winter Grace Jones Kevin Winter Grace Jones Back of Jackie Kennedy's head during her India trip. Art Rickerby/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images Jackie Kennedy Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Jackie Kennedy

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David Bowie
Denis O'Regan/Getty Images Time & Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images David Bowie 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Show Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia Cardi B Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia Cardi B The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show Mark Davis/Getty Images for Turner Idris Elba Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Turner Idris Elba One Direction In Concert - Chicago, IL Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images Harry Styles Daniel Boczarski/WireImage Harry Styles

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Beyonce
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