Taylor Swift lookalike leaves TikTok users baffled: 'I remember getting brutally made fun of'
A Taylor Swift fan who bears a shocking resemblance to the pop star went viral after recreating all nine phases of Swift's career in an elaborate TikTok.
User @juliiieanne, who joins Julie on TikTok, stunned fans with her elaborate costumes that perfectly recreated Swift's many different looks over her 15-year career. The video has received over 4 million views and 1.2 million likes since it was released in early April 2021.
The 22-year-old music theater student told In The Know that she's been a "giant swiftie" since she was eight and now even has a lyrical tattoo (and viral video) to prove it.
"I remember brutally making fun of her at the time for liking her, but I never cared," she said.
Commentators pointed out the remarkable resemblance Julie has to Swift in her TikTok.
"Are you telling me it's not her?" said one user.
"In doing so, you have completely outdone yourself," wrote another.
Julie doesn't really think she looks like Swift, however. She's more of a fan of the megastar's stage aesthetics.
"I've always shared her flair for the sparkling and the dramatic, and I think as I grew up I started to incorporate more and more inspiration from her into my personal style," she said. "The pony probably won't hurt either."
When Julie took Swift's Reputation Tour in 2018, she was wearing one of her costumes and some people told her she looked like the singer and asked her to pose for photos.
"I remember thinking this was absolutely crazy," she explained.
A while later, Swift released goods that paid tribute to her so-called "eras," or the aesthetics she adheres to for each album cycle. That inspired Julie to recreate some of the looks.
For some of the costumes, like the formal gown from Swift's self-titled debut album and the plaid coat from the Evermore era, Julie bought her clothes at Fashion Nova. The more elaborate costumes - like the marching band outfit from Fearless and the ringleader costume from Red - she had to make herself.
"So much glitter and fabric glue," she joked.
In the end, the whole thing, including making the costumes and editing the audio of the clip, took about four months. The filming and video editing process alone took 13 hours over three days.
For Julie it was absolutely worth it.
"I'm incredibly grateful that TikTok gave me the opportunity to make so many positive things out of it," she said. "I've been secretly singing Taylor Swift songs into a hairbrush in my room for years, so it's amazing to share something that makes me so happy with so many people."
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