The perks of looking like Rihanna and becoming an instant internet sensation

Rihanna's lookalikes are internet sensations
Rihanna's lookalikes are internet sensations
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Rihanna is a fashion powerhouse, a beauty mogul and one of the most influential stars of the 21st century.

Between working on a new album, possibly launching a luxury fashion brand, and running Fenty Beauty, you can understand that she gets really busy and might need to hire a lookalike.

According to celebrity brow stylist Damone Roberts who spoke to Entertainment Tonight, Rihanna uses a lookalike model to test eyebrow styles for her. 

"Rihanna's so fly that she has a lookalike model come by your space and you try out different looks on the eyebrows on the model, and you send pictures to Rihanna and she decides whether she wants to do it or not," Damone said.

READ MORE: Rihanna in discussions to launch luxury fashion house?

Here are some Rihanna lookalikes who enjoy certain perks that come with being the star’s double.

Andele Lara

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Instagram model Andele Lara was first spotted as a Rihanna lookalike when she was a 22-year-old student in 2014.

Speaking to Daily Mail, she said people started noticing that she looked like the musician when the track ‘Umbrella’ came out.

“At first, I thought it was funny to take a picture with someone who believed I was her and then make their day. But as Rihanna gets even more famous, the attention just intensifies,” she said.

As a result of her resemblance to the singer, Andele revealed that she landed over £13,000 (R 236 164,84) worth of clothing contracts that year and over 18 000 followers on Instagram.

Five years later, she is a beauty influencer with more than 140K followers on Instagram, the founder of wellness blog Grow and glow and an Instagram model.

READ MORE: Ever wondered how you can get your Instagram pictures to look like your favourite influencers'?

She was working with renowned celebrity make-up artist Patrick Starr on a Fenty Beauty tutorial in 2017, and we can’t help but wonder if she may be Rihanna’s secret lookalike model. 

Renee Kujur

Indian model Renee Kujur broke the internet in 2018 as a Rihanna lookalike. The 35 year old says she owes her success to the Barbadian singer.

In an interview with the Hindustan Times, she revealed that she’s grateful for the Rihanna comparisons. 

She explains that she was not booking many modelling jobs and that changed when she became popular for her resemblance to the pop star.

“Photographers would tell their clients that I resemble Rihanna. That way it was easier to convince them. No one could deny that Rihanna was beautiful," she said.

She has since worked with renowned Indian designers and popular brands like Reebok and Nift. She has also walked for India Runway Week and Asian Designer Week. 

Renee has even changed her Instagram handle to ‘@badgirlrene’.

Summarising the Rihanna factor in her life she says , "Everybody is dying to see me." 

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Yna Sertalf

23-year-old Yna Sertalf from France is the newest Rihanna doppelgänger the internet discovered.

She spoke to Buzzfeed about her resemblance to the beauty mogul, and the attention she is getting from it.

“It’s been happening since I was 15 or 16. The first person to say it was my uncle, who told my mother back when I cut my hair,” she said.

Yna says being mistaken for a singer who was named the sexiest woman alive has some real perks, even though she insists she’s never played the Rihanna card, because she is shy.

“But it’s true that it’s easier to get into a club or be offered a drink,” she admitted to Buzzfeed.

She has been making headlines locally and internationally and says most of her 17.6K Instagram followers don't even speak French.

Responding to all the attention she has been receiving, she took to Instagram to thank her followers, "Thanks to all who support me and send me messages."

She is already an internet sensation and has overwhelming fans from different parts of the world. 

Here are other celebrity lookalikes who will make you take a second look:

Katy Perry

Real name: Francesca Brown

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Real name: Brittany Williams

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Ariana Grande

Real name: Gabi DeMartino

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