- Ariana Grande final year reached out to Paige Niemann, her standard TikTok lookalike, after tweeting that one in every of her videos used to be “abnormal.”
- Niemann has branded herself as a Grande lookalike, and also to her possess viral TikTok videos, has appeared in standard YouTube videos with creators trying to deceive their mates.
- Despite her extra than 4.2 million followers, Niemann’s TikTok feedback are fat of inflamed posters which dangle also appeared on pretty just a few social media accounts.
- Jaelee Greeson, a 17-year-mature from Texas who occurs to resemble Lana Del Rey, told Insider negative feedback are in type as followers disagree about whether she looks take care of her supposed doppelgänger.
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Billie Eilish, the 18-year-mature “Unpleasant Guy” singer, has had it alongside with her impersonators. First, in unhurried December, the 5-time Grammy Award winner called consideration to a individual in Russia who used to be dressing up as her.
“That is no longer me y’all lmaooo,” she acknowledged.
A number of month later, on the end of January, Eilish supplied a extra insist message to other folk who publicly dressed up as her following a YouTube creator’s determination to dangle someone possess a stunt whereas dressed as Eilish.
“Please cease doing this s—,” she acknowledged on Instagram.
“It is miles now not accumulate for you and it is miles indicate to the these that do now not know any higher you originate me search for execrable,” Eilish added.
For patrons of viral news, the yarn could perchance presumably also dangle flown by as one other forgettable celeb headline, but the incident is upright one example of a rising neighborhood of web celeb lookalikes.
Celebrity Fashion: On-line celeb impersonators dangle woven themselves into the influencer neighborhood.
Most TikTok customers dangle possibly come across Paige Niemann, even supposing her name would now not ring a bell. The 15-year-mature has gathered some 4.2 million followers on the platform. Even Ariana Grande has viewed some of the most TikTok giant name’s videos.
TikTok is fat of teenagers and tweens who dangle discovered success in a formula that involves performing a handful of dances and mouthing the words to the standard sounds in the app’s huge library.
Nonetheless Niemann has discovered one other manner to switch viral. Her hundreds of thousands of followers know her only thanks to who she looks take care of: “Awful Girl” singer Ariana Grande. Even in videos where she’s no longer imitating Grande exactly, she’s on the overall styled to switch looking out out for an terrible lot take care of her.
Grande, who has an myth on TikTok but has only posted as soon as, support when it used to be peaceful called Musical.ly, has even reached out to Niemann over her videos that on the overall have the 15-year-mature donning Grande’s signature ponytail and winged eyeliner.
“I started doing it for fun and now it be something that I end on a routine basis, nearly on daily basis,” Niemann, an avid Grande fan, told Leisure Tonight final year, noting that it takes her over an hour to compile her hair and make-up in a Grande-take care of vogue.”
She acknowledged Grande reached out by a Say Message final year and had nothing but worship for her lookalike.
“She acknowledged, ‘I’m flattered.’ She wished to let me know that I’m magnificent in my possess manner and I acknowledged, ‘Thank you and thank you for being so variety to me.’ And she acknowledged, ‘I’m proud of you.'”
“She reached out to me,” Niemann acknowledged, in line with Leisure Tonight. “I was haunted. She’s my idol so I was shaking a minute bit bit…She acknowledged, ‘Let me know if you happen to is doubtless to be ever going to my Sweetener Tour, we are able to grab a hug.'”
Grande has also publicly acknowledged Niemann’s videos birth air her DMs. When keen on the “sweetener” songstress shared one in every of Niemann’s TikTok videos on Twitter, writing “I upright know Ariana is terrorized,” Grande, who is extra than ten years older than Niemann, chimed in.
“I upright shock whyyyy the cat remark / dialogue,” she acknowledged. “i am optimistic she is the sweetest sweet sweetheart forreal !! but it be definitley[sic] abnormal seeing other folk mix the 2 worlds lmao.”
—Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 24, 2019
The 26-year-mature pale “Victorious” giant name has beforehand talked about how she has labored to distance herself from the persona she created as “Cat Valentine,” the personality she portrayed on the hit Nickelodeon exhibits.
In the video, Niemann looked extra take care of current-day Grande, carrying her signature excessive pony, even supposing she used audio from “Victorious,” which would be the cause Grande acknowledged she opinion the video used to be “abnormal.”
Nonetheless Grande’s feedback about that explicit video has only looked as if it could perchance presumably extra push her legion of followers, on the overall called “Arianators,” to insist inflamed feedback in direction of the teen.
A current TikTok video that exhibits Niemann dressed up and mouthing alongside as Grande’s vocals play has bought extra than 1.6 million views in no longer up to a week. It be racked up extra than 300,000 likes too, even supposing there are many much less-than-variety feedback.
“We compile it, you wish to need to be ariana,” one individual wrote.
“I assemble no longer know, I’m starting to in actuality feel take care of right here’s extra than upright a fan ‘cosplaying Ariana,” one other acknowledged.
“It be ravishing that it be a cosplay or no matter but as soon as the individual you is doubtless to be ‘cosplaying’ PUBLICLY says they’re miserable[sic], please cease. Respect her,” one other fan wrote, doubtless referencing Grande’s November comment.
Most feedback on Niemann’s videos echo an identical sentiments, even supposing she does dangle followers who protect her, and extra sympathetic “Arianators” who weigh in.
“Y’all she’s 15 an there is so many kinds who cosplay take care of she does,” one acknowledged. “Y’at some stage in exaggerating she’s no longer hurting somebody.”
Nonetheless the negative feedback directed in direction of Niemann dangle prolonged beyond TikTok, exhibiting a gloomy aspect that, whereas prevalent amongst many influencing communities, looks prolific amongst influencers whose trace revolves around their likeness to celebrities.
“Paige Niemann … wherever u are … STOP,” one individual tweeted February 2. “Honest PLEASE STOP. be your possess individual PLEASE.”
Nonetheless Ariana’s lookalike, who has gathered some 37.3 million likes on TikTok and didn’t reply to Insider’s requests for an interview, hasn’t confirmed signs of forestalling despite the criticism.
Celebrity Fashion: Niemann has taken her Grande influence at some stage in the web
In a video posted by Marcus and Lucas Dobre, Niemann plays alongside as Lucas “pranks” his lady friend, Ivanita Lomeli. Approach the 11-minute trace, titled, “Intellectual My Girlfriend With ARIANA GRANDE!,” the Dobre brothers seem to prank Lomeli, even supposing it also feels as in the occasion that they’re trying to tug one over on their viewers, too.
The brothers uncover that they’ll be “beautiful” Lomeli with Grande, spending the starting of the video plotting systems to switch about orchestrating the shock before “Grande” arrives. In the damage, they lead Lomeli down a flight of stairs to a girl, who at this level, viewers are ended in mediate is Grande.
The girl, unnecessary to claim, is no longer 26-year-mature Grande, but is 15-year-mature Niemann.
More than eight minutes into the video, the giant utter occurs. The brothers uncover to the camera that the girl is no longer truly Grande. Lomeli, who peaceful is supposedly blind to her boyfriend’s prank, sits at some stage in the backseat of a red SUV with Niemann.
A number of minute later, the brothers birth the automobile door, Lomeli and Niemann exit, and the jig is in the damage up.
“So right here’s a prank, I’m truly Paige,” Niemann acknowledged.
“You is doubtless to be no longer truly Ariana Grande?” Lomeli flatly answered, seeming unphased by the news (specifically when put next alongside with her response when she opinion she met Grande earlier in the video).
“No, I’m sorry,” Niemann admits.
“Nonetheless you search for exactly take care of her,” Lomeli says, which, unnecessary to claim, she does.
“You perceive what,” Lomeli provides just a few seconds later. “I’m no longer upset or something. I’m truly in actuality gratified now, ‘trigger it be the suitable you now. Now I even dangle a buddy. I’ve by no contrivance had a buddy.”
The Dobre brothers didn’t reply to an Insider quiz to chat in regards to the video.
The TikTok-notorious Grande lookalike has made a complete lot of appearances in an identical videos posted to YouTube by pretty just a few creators who also claim they’ve attempted to trick mates into pondering they’ve met Grande.
YouTube creator Brent Rivera, 22, pranked his friend with Niemann’s assistance, even supposing now not like the video from the Dobre brothers, it make certain to viewers from the onset that the 15-year-mature is no longer truly Grande. FaZe Rug, 23, posted a an identical video that depicted him “tricking” his mates with Niemann’s back, even supposing he, too, lets viewers in on the ploy early on — about 40 seconds into the video.
The videos seem to succeed amongst the respective creators’ followers. The Dobre brothers’ video has extra than 3.2 million views, FaZe Rug’s video has extra than 4 million, and Rivera (who posted his just a few month before the others) has racked up on the realm of 10 million views on YouTube.
Comments on the videos vary from disbelief that someone could perchance presumably truly mediate Niemann used to be Grande to outright infuriate in direction of the 15-year-mature.
“She’s trying to chat and sound take care of Ariana Grande too lol I knew it wasn’t her correct when I noticed her,” one wrote on Rug’s video.
“This truly makes me so miserable it be loopy,” one wrote under Rivera’s.
“She has to compile her possess personality, ariana would now not mediate right here’s heavenly, or comic,” one other wrote under Marcus and Lucas Dobre’s video.
Others had been extra supportive, noting that Niemann used to be 15, and marveling at how famous she resembled the pale “Yowl Queens” actress.
Celebrity Fashion: It be no longer upright Niemann, pretty just a few lookalikes face the wrath of devoted followers
Jaelee Greeson knows all too effectively how merciless the web could perchance presumably also also be if you happen to search for take care of a celeb. Greeson, who bares a striking resemblance to indie-pop songstress Lana Del Rey, acknowledged she’s bought backlash for her videos about her resemblance to the “Video Video games” singer.
“I assemble no longer ever are trying to claim flat out ‘I search for take care of Lana Del Rey,’ or ‘I’m Lana Del Rey’s twin, on myth of there used to be pretty lots of backlash about it, and I are trying to no longer originate any Lana stans upset by that, even supposing they compile upset anyways,” Greeson told Insider.
The 17-year-mature from Texas acknowledged other folk in public dangle on the overall told her she resembles the 34-year-mature singer, who would now not dangle a TikTok myth (even supposing her song is standard amongst its customers), and when she noticed one other celeb lookalike video on TikTok (no longer Niemann’s, who she acknowledged she used to be abnormal with), she decided to present it a fling.
She’d been posting pretty just a few hiss material to TikTok unrelated to the uncanny resemblance, but none of it ever did that effectively on the social-networking app, she acknowledged. TikTok relies carefully on its “For You” page, an aggregated feed created by an algorithm that delivers hiss material tailored to its customers.
“I didn’t compile any consideration to my page till I put my Lana videos up,” Greeson, who acknowledged her first since-deleted Lana video wasn’t all that normal, but a second video where she recreated a explain of the singer drinking green tea went viral, added. “And now, these are the easiest videos that I put up that compile consideration.”
Despite mostly-optimistic feedback, and haunted reactions from new viewers stumbling on her videos from the app’s FYP, Greeson acknowledged she receives negative feedback on TikTok on daily basis, even supposing she says they save no longer bother her for the most section.
“What did upset me, even supposing, is every other folk took it to Twitter — take care of it went to this level as Lana’s followers had been posting on Twitter about me being boastful, saying that I mediate I’m a giant sizzling shot, pondering I search for take care of Lana when I truly don’t — the exercise of my private traits to attack me,” Greenson acknowledged.
—❀ alexandra ❀ (@electras_froot) January 9, 2020
In a video of Greeson downloaded from TikTok and posted to Twitter, followers of Del Rey debated whether she truly looked take care of the 34-year-mature.
“Any individual lied to her,” one individual wrote, speculating that Greeson deliberately does her make-up to switch looking out out for extra take care of Del Rey.
“I assemble no longer in actuality beget any resemblance excluding the hair and in all likelihood the eyes,” one other wrote.
Others acknowledged they would perchance presumably beget it.
“I indicate she kinda reminds me of her in the critical search for,” one wrote.
“I was upright born the contrivance I’m, and that sounds kinda silly,” Greeson, who admitted she is now not always a significant fan of Del Rey, acknowledged. “Nonetheless I didn’t in actuality advance into this world being take care of ‘I wanna search for take care of Lana Del Rey.'”
Soundless, Greeson, who on the overall posts TikTok videos unrelated to her critical resemblance, says she would now not are trying to switch looking out out for take care of Del Rey birth air of her TikTok videos and acknowledged she by no contrivance needs to sinister a line.
“I mediate that folk desire it to this level, as to fight by a celeb’s routine — taking a search for take care of them. I end mediate It will probably probably fling too a ways, positively,” Greeson acknowledged.
“It be upright for TikTok, It be upright for fun,” she added. “It be upright a interest, and no longer to desire it too seriously.”