*Wow, the resemblance is uncanny, and you can’t blame a girl for workin’ it to make a buck.
And that’s exactly what Rihanna look-alike, Andele Lara (shown above on the right) is doing. Only thing is, she’s making a lot more than a buck!
At 22-years-old, the Boston, Massachusetts resident is frequently mistaken for the sexy pop star, but what now serves as her attributes was a sore spot in her teen years. “Growing up, I was a very shy girl,” Lara told the Daily Mail. “I was known as the skinny girl with the big forehead.”
As time went on Lara began experimenting with her hair and clothes – being more trendy, and she soon started getting the attention from her classmates; who noticed her likeness to the Barbadian singer with the hit song “Umbrella” on the radio. “The comments started in my sophomore year. My friend had a magazine with Rihanna on the cover. He held it up to my face and was like, ‘You look like her!’”
Lara started getting more and more attention as Rihanna rose to fame. Rihanna fans started seeking photos and autographs. Now this has turned into real money, as brands have become interested in capitalizing on the resemblance. As a result, Lara says she’s paid $20,000 by clothing companies to endorse their products. She’s also landed contracts to promote sneakers, mascara, and hair accessories with very little effort. “I know I could happily give up my part-time job and studies to have a career as a Rihanna lookalike,” Lara told the Daily Mail.
But with every up, comes a down at some point. And in Lara’s case, that down is some of the unwanted attention; like the creepy situations where she’s followed to work.
Otherwise, she loves pretending to be the star for fans because it makes their day to think they just met a celebrity.
Lara happens to be a big Rihanna fan and may consider doing the stint on a professional level. But right she only hopes to meet the star one day and maybe even pose with her: “I would love to meet Ri-Ri and take a selfie with her!”
At this point Andele, meeting her seems only right!