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Being famous is pretty exhausting. People are constantly staring and taking your photos, or acting sly as they record a video of you for their Instagram story. For the record, I’m not famous — but I do have a celebrity doppelgänger: Lucy Hale. So on some days, to some people, I’m sort of famous.
I have had all kinds of cringe-worthy experiences, from having a waitress be too nervous to serve a table I was eating dinner at, hearing people whisper in line behind me at coffee shops, or having girls stop me when I am out with friends and ask for a picture. Yes, I took a photo with them after I delivered the disappointing news; I’m not her.
The humble part of me is bashful and oftentimes a little embarrassed when I’m approached by a “fan.” Other times the Pretty Little Liar in me chooses to totally rock it, because even when you’re not actually famous it’s still super fun when people want to take your photo. I mean, really, it is kind of crazy how I look like Lucy Hale.
It goes a little something like this: “Oh my gosh. Do you know you look exactly like Aria from Pretty Little Liars?” or, “Hi, I am such a fan of your work, can I get a pic?” The best experience to date was meeting Alisha Boe from 13 Reasons Why and having her be starstruck because she thought I was Lucy Hale. I mean it was pretty cool to be recognized by a real celebrity, but almost all these encounters end with me awkwardly explaining in full detail that this happens all the time.
Like Lucy, I am relatively short at 5’3”, have short dark hair, full eyebrows (thanks, Mom!) hazel eyes, and to top it off, we’re both born in June — yes, we’re practically Gemini soul sisters. Unlike Lucy, I did not star in 7 seasons of Pretty Little Liars, explore a career as a country singer or serve as the ambassador of the beauty brand Mark Girl.
The funniest part about this is that I already have an identical twin, so technically Lucy Hale is our missing triplet. Sometimes we’re jokingly called the Lucy Hale twins and prior to Lucy’s hair chop my sister Kelly used to get mistaken for her more than I did! We’re like the opposite of twins separated at birth. Did I just dream up a new Freeform series?
After years of people saying that I look like her, I decided to go full-on Lucy Hale for a week and recreate some of my favorite looks of hers to really mess with people. Here’s how it all went down:
- Business Casual Chic
This look was pretty simple to create! I already had this amazing jacket in my closet from Primark and Lucy’s makeup here is usually my go-to going out look. This business casual chic look just may be too sexy for the office, but I felt confident in this power jacket and would absolutely wear this in my ~real~ life.
- Safari Fun
I have never tried a look this bold but I am glad that I did. Cheetah has always been one of my favorite patterns to wear – in small accents – and this eyeshadow and lipstick combo were intense. There certainly was no hiding in this look. I had a lot of fun with this shoot because it pushed me out of my comfort zone and I really felt like a celebrity. Thanks to the fact that Lucy and I have similar features, I now know that I can totally rock fire orange eyeshadow.
- Paparazzi Pic
If I can relate to any of Lucy Hale’s looks the most, it’s definitely her no-makeup-sunglasses-paparazzi candids (sans the Starbucks coffee). I had such an easy time throwing this fit together because I already owned everything. The street shoot was exceptionally nice and did gather a small crowd of onlookers. Did they think I was Lucy Hale? Probably not. I think they were wondering where my jacket was in 30-degree Boston “spring” weather!
Top: Forever 21; Bottoms: Target; Hat: Target; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bag: Target
- Photoshoot Look
Last but not least I recreated a simple studio shoot. Lucy’s effortless makeup and black jumpsuit were incredibly easy to recreate.
Jumpsuit: Target; Eyeshadow: Too Faced
It’s fun for people to think you’re a celebrity, but, doing glam every morning is a ton of work on a day-to-day basis. Lucy Hale, pretending to be you has been fun. But, I’m back to being Jenna, and I’m going to appreciate it more than ever.