The “Calder Triplets”

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TL;DR they’re not real.

One of the most debated topics in the Elounor/Larry fandom is that of the Calder triplets. If you don’t already know, the Calder triplets are a theory proposed by Larry shippers that Eleanor Calder has two fraternal twins, and that Modest! Management has hired all three as beards for Louis, who work on cycles. Eleanor is the one that we’re led to believe is Louis’ girlfriend (the front), but she’s occasionally swapped out by Gretchen and Tina. Alternatively, there are theories about the Calder “twins” which are more commonly known (e.g., Eleanor and Tina). People believe in the triplets because Eleanor looks different in a lot of the pictures of her and Louis.

Before I go and try and combat some of the proof of the triplets, I’d like to say two preliminary things. 1) Eleanor looking different in each photo would suggest that the triplets are fraternal. If Modest! was hiring beards to pass off as one human being… would they not hire multiples who are identical? And 2) Please understand that this whole topic is offensive! Going on Eleanor’s instagram and saying “when is your bearding contract up, Tina?” is cruel. Even if you yourself don’t believe that what you’re commenting is particularly rude, or that Eleanor will never see it, other people do. Other less mature shippers DO see it, and it encourages a group mentality that calling Eleanor a beard, that belittling her on public forums is okay when it absolutely isn’t. Eleanor is a human being, and regardless to whether or not she is one of three triplets, it’s still rude.

Okay. Onwards.

1. The “Tina” Debacle. 

Rumours of the Calder twins really got started when one of Eleanor’s friends tweeted @EleanorJCalder, but referred to her as “Tina”.

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Weird, right? Not terribly.

Someone took it upon themselves to ask Eleanor what was up with Tina (note: Eleanor most likely replied to this specific tweet because the person asked politely, did not seem hostile or aggressive, and because Eleanor would have at this point seen countless other tweets re: Tina and she decided to elaborate. Her replying to a tweet does not prove Eleanor is controlled by management).

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So, at this point we have that they have a hamster named Tina at Eleanor’s uni, and for some reason Eleanor’s friends have started calling her by the same name. She went on and tweeted a picture of a hamster saying “Tina winked at me”.

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Why do Eleanor’s friends call her Tina? I do not know. This part can only be speculated. Why they nicknamed her after a hamster at her university is beyond me, but most of the time if you aren’t already in on the nickname and the joke behind it, you won’t understand it’s significance. People tweeting her as Tina is NOT proof of twins.

2. Elounor Height Differences

Second thing I’ll touch on is the Elounor height differences. People were confused by the fact that Eleanor seemed to be shorter than Louis in some pictures, and taller in others. Let me explain to you a thing about how angles work.

In this photo, Eleanor is clearly shorter than Louis:

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But in some photos, like the following, Eleanor appears to be taller than Louis.

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All of these photos are from angles. In the first photo where Eleanor is shorter, you can see that Eleanor is far enough behind Louis that they have to stretch their arms to continue holding hands. Since she is further back, it’s only natural that Louis will appear larger seeing as he is the focus and he is closer to the photographer. In the second photo, it is the exact opposite. Louis is lagging behind, leaving Eleanor closer and taller to the camera. 

The third photo is a bit trickier. They seem to be nearly at the same height, Eleanor maybe a little bit taller. This is an angle. They’re walking a lot closer together, but the angle of the camera makes Eleanor appear tall, because of the slight turn. The camera is not level, and Eleanor is still a bit further behind Louis. It’s actually sort of hard to find a picture where Eleanor isn’t shying away from the camera a bit, or where Louis isn’t bounding forward. Also, keep in mind their shoes and Eleanor’s hair will give them added height. Standing right beside each other and in flat shoes, they are about the same height. Louis is only marginally taller. 

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(source of this picture and another good triplet analysis: x)

Also, as weak as this sounds, Eleanor’s legs also give her the added illusion of height. You look at a photo of the two of them where Eleanor’s legs are bared, and you think “wow, she is so tall!” unconsciously. 

3. Eleanor’s Photographs

Next suspicious thing about Eleanor is her face in photographs, and how she apparently always looks different.

First thing is her hairline. Eleanor has a widows peak hairline, and it is apparent in some photos, but not in others. This is because Eleanor styles her hair differently. When it is pulled back in a bun, or when her bangs are parted completely in the middle, you can see it clearly. In other photos, you cannot see it. This is because her hair is parted differently.

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When her hair is slightly to the side, you can no longer see the widows peak. Let me point out that parting your hair differently is not unusual. 

Additionally, in those photos you can see that Eleanor’s eyebrows also sometimes look different. Some look farther apart and lighter, some look closer together and darker. There is something that exists called an eyebrow pencil. It is used for filling in eyebrows darker, and making them more defined and shaped. She sometimes uses one.

Next is her nose. Her nose sometimes looks bigger. First thing to understand is that apparently Eleanor broke her nose (but I cannot pinpoint this down to a specific date). Like most broken noses, it healed differently than it was originally. Eleanor’s nose is larger, with a bump at the top where her sunglasses are usually. This makes it so that when Eleanor wears sunglasses, you can not see a bump at all. 

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Other than that, the appearance of Eleanor’s nose is heavily dependent on the angle of the photograph, and of her face. In the photo on the left, it is Eleanor’s profile. In the one on the right, it shows a different side of her face.

Faces look different from a variety of angles. An example is this, taken from a psychology study (source: x). In figure a, the face is pointed down, giving the appearance of a hooked nose. The bridge of the nose looks thicker than in b or c, and the jaw is more pronounced. In figure c, the nose looks completely different; you can not see the original shape of it, only a distorted, smaller version of it. The jaw is also less defined, cheekbones less visible and the eyebrows look further apart.

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Eleanor’s face looking different at completely different angles is not proof of twins/triplets. Most of the proof of multiple Calders is actually based on this. Eleanor is when she looks ‘pretty’, Gretchen is when she looks ‘cute’ and Tina is when she looks ‘trashy’. This is unfair, and also rude, because it is directly based on an individuals’ opinion on how nice Eleanor looks, and on the idea that she needs to look 100% the same in every single photo. There are some angles you look nice in, some you don’t. So photos like this:

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do not prove much.

4. University

The university thing is dumb. Some shippers looked Eleanor up in the University of Manchester student list, and only found a “Christina Calder”. But then what’s this? (source: x)

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And if we are going to ignore the fact that someone did find an Eleanor Calder at University of Manchester, how is it that most people have come to accept that it is not true? Where did they read this, what proof is there that there is only a Christina Calder, and that Eleanor doesn’t go there? Why is it so commonly accepted, despite the fact that it is highly possible that someone could have just said that it is true, and then people just believed them to fit in their already pre-existing idea that Eleanor is a beard?

Also, I’m not entirely sure on this, but isn’t the student record confidential and private, as the list would have the personal information of these students? If they could find a Christina Calder on an official Uni of Manchester list, would they not be able to find out more of her personal information (e.g., where she lives)?

Also, just because Eleanor goes on vacation with Louis, and goes to visit him when he is on tour does NOT mean that she’s not in university, or even that she’s failing any of her classes. We don’t know her class schedule. We don’t know how busy she is regularly, and we don’t know her marks, or the leniency of her professors. She went on vacation with him when she was on vacation. And it’s not like she’s constantly with Louis on tour. We can only place her with him a handful of times— like in Niagara Falls, in New York, etc. People greatly over exaggerate just how often she is with him when he is away. People greatly over exaggerate just how much press they get. For example, Eleanor and Louis haven’t been spotted together for about three months now, not since the TopShop Fashion show (London Fashion Week was in February. It’s May).

5. Family Calder 

There was a lot of controversy a few months back about Eleanor’s family. A few people were saying that Eleanor (singular) got her bearding contract with Louis because a man named Clive Calder was the head of a music company only vaguely associated with One Direction. They looked him up really, really intensely and harassed one of Clive’s confirmed children on twitter until he refused to speak about it anymore. They found that Clive’s wife looked somewhat similar to a picture of Eleanor and her mother that she posted on Instagram, and then everyone just went along with it.

Despite the fact that this was eventually disproved, lets assume that what person a is saying is true. Clive is Eleanor’s father… what of the triplets? Clive is confirmed to have two children, and one of them is a boy named Keith. How do Eleanor and her two sisters fit into this? Or does something like this just further prove how ridiculously convoluted some of the stories people tell about Eleanor and her family are? None of the theories of Eleanor line up with each other, and it’s all just mismatched fibs of people desperately trying to figure out a way to disprove a relationship of two people that don’t even know who they are.

And  also, I’m not 100% if this is real but:

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6. Eleanor and Talisha

Lastly, let us get something straight.

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Talisha (left) and Eleanor (right).

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Talisha (left) and Eleanor (right).

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Again, Talisha on the left, Eleanor on the right. They are not twins. They are not triplets. Talisha is one of Eleanor’s best friends. Her name is Talisha Laura Greenwood, and her twitter is here.

7. Eleanor’s birthmark

I’m editing this in, because someone mentioned it and I think it’s worth talking about. On Eleanor’s right leg, she has a birthmark only slightly darker than her skin colour.

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And in other photos, the birthmark is allegedly missing leading to the assumption that there is another Eleanor. But this… isn’t true. Here is a post where one of their proofs is Eleanor’s birth mark, but if you look closely at the pictures, you’ll notice that you can still see a faint mark on the photos. Example,

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It’s very faint, and I would have missed it completely if I hadn’t been able to zoom in. Do you remember when a magazine photoshopped Liam’s birthmark off of his neck? This in all honesty could have happened to the HQ photos of Eleanor and Louis. There are edits and filters, and just like all the other points about ‘visible’ evidence, the lighting and the angles will make a noticeable difference.

TL;DR THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE CALDER TRIPLETS/TWINS/MULTIPLES.

If I’m missing anything, tell me.

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