We used Snapchat’s gender-swapping filter on famous composers… and the results are terrifying

14 May 2019, 18:08 | Updated: 14 May 2019, 21:24

Bach and Mozart – through the new gender-swapping Snapchat filter
Bach and Mozart – through the new gender-swapping Snapchat filter. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Snapchat has introduced a new filter, where you can see what your face would look like if you were the opposite sex... so we tried it out on a few classical composers.

Ever wondered what you might look like as the opposite sex? The new Snapchat filter gives women facial hair and a square jaw to look like men, and men more delicate features and long hair to look like women.

So, we thought we’d test it out on our favourite composers...

  1. Puccini

    Puccini. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    By night, Puccini wrote some of the most heart-wrenching arias. But by day, he went about his duties as the headmistress of a 1940s boarding school.

  2. Bach

    Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Is it OK to slightly fancy Bach as a woman?

  3. Haydn

    Haydn. Picture: Getty/Snapchat
  4. Handel

    Handel. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Handel makes a very matronly lady...

  5. Beethoven

    Beethoven. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Female Ludwig is a very sulky teenager.

  6. Eric Whitacre

    Eric Whitacre
    Eric Whitacre. Picture: Getty/Snapchat
  7. Chopin

    Chopin. Picture: Getty

    Frédéric Chopin wrote some of the most beautiful music for solo piano... and also dabbled in anime.

  8. Clara Schumann

    Clara Schumann
    Clara Schumann. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Clara is significantly less doe-eyed with a hint of facial fuzz.

  9. Elgar

    Elgar. Picture: Getty/Snapchat
  10. Karl Jenkins

    Karl Jenkins
    Karl Jenkins. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Oh my.

  11. Mozart

    Mozart. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Flutter your eyelashes at us again, Wolfgang...

  12. John Williams

    John Williams
    John Williams. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Anyone else seeing a hint of Mrs Doubtfire here?

  13. Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky. Picture: Getty/Snapchat
  14. A young Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn
    Felix Mendelssohn. Picture: Getty/Snapchat
  15. Fanny Mendelssohn

    Fanny Mendelssohn
    Fanny Mendelssohn. Picture: Getty/Snapchat

    Our favourite.