Kim Kardashian, albeit unjustly, has one of the most famous faces in the world.
It’s a face that inspires love and loathing in equal measure, so why this woman decided to pay £18,000 to look like the Kardashian Klan leader is beyond me.
But pay £18,000 she did. Meet Claire Leesson, the 27-year-old surgically-assisted Kim Kardashian doppelganger.
Unfortunately, the £18,000 is money very poorly spent as Claire says she is ‘sick and tired’ of being compared to the professional nobody.
The Essex-born brunette told The Mirror:
I always had a resemblance to Kim and I thought I could capitalise on that by copying her look, but it’s backfired and now I hate looking like her.
Claire went on:
It’s ruining my life, I’m just being ridiculed. People don’t understand that it’s not a compliment for me to be compared to Kim, it really upsets me.
It’s an odd assertion considering the pair don’t look that similar.
With some close up lighting trickery and some harshly angled poses, I might be convinced that Claire and Kim share a third aunt, twice removed or something.
But the same person? Not quite.
Claire regularly gets trolled, adding, ‘They don’t realise how much this upsets me, I just want to tell people I’m me, I’m not her.’
To add insult to injury, Claire actually looks nothing like Kim in real life.
I’m seeing Snookie from Jersey Shore, while Claire’s Instagram followers have seen similarities between her and Nancy Del’Ollio, which might be better news for Camp Claire than it sounds, as she tries to distance herself from Kim.
I feel like a bit of an idiot and I regret saying I wanted to be like her.
I am my own person and I wish I hadn’t have gone along with it at the time.
Although there is a resemblance to a Kim-Kylie crossover circa the early noughties, the likeness is outdated.
Saying that, Kim doesn’t even look like Kim anymore after surgeries and underneath all the contouring, so the likeness is somewhat fluid.
In fact, Claire looks worryingly unhappy in many of her photos.
This sad fact resonates with her reasoning for wanting to look like Kim. Claire began the process of altering her likeness when she was just 18-years-old.
I only started watching the show a couple of seasons in after people said I look like Kim Kardashian.
I liked her make-up and the clothes she wore so I took it as a compliment. She’s really pretty and everyone was trying to look like her.
I was so low and insecure at the time, I felt like I should take it [the publicity] because it was there. It was an urge for attention, I can’t tell you how low I was.
Claire’s story comes as a sad warning to anyone who feels pressure to look, act or think a certain way or emulate public figures.
Think before you dismiss your own individuality as second-string because, actually, it’s what separates us people from the hoards of reality television clones.