There is no way having a likeness to Rihanna could be a bad thing, right?
Boston native Andele Lara, 22, says she can’t go an entire day without being compared to the Bajan pop star, according to an interview with Daily Mail. Lara even says she has been mobbed by screaming fans who mistake her for Rihanna, and that the comparisons have been happening for the past seven years.
“The moment I step out anywhere, everyone starts staring and whispering before I get bombarded by strangers asking to take their photo with me,” she said. “This happens every day – It doesn’t matter what I do. I can’t go twenty-four hours without hearing Rihanna’s name.”
Online, photos of Lara have gone viral, as she has garnered over 21,000 followers on Instagram for the uncanny resemblance. But she hasn’t just gotten followers – she’s also cashing out. Lara reportedly earned around $20,000 for endorsing products online to her “fanbase.”
“I’ve scored hair contracts as well as sneaker, mascara, hair accessories and apparel deals. I also get into clubs for free and I get a lot of free drinks too,” she said. “I am grateful for my followers and I love the chance to give them advice. I get tons of fan-mail and messages from people.”
Now, Lara plans to take on an actual career as a Rihanna look-alike. Read the full report here.