Young woman pictured above says she is worried she’ll never get a boyfriend because she reckons she looks too much like Rihanna.
Bianca Guthrie, a 25-year-old stylist based in Hackney, says that men only ever date her because of her resemblance to the 27-year-old Bajan popstar, and is sick to death of being stopped in the street by people who are convinced she’s Rihanna.
Since Rihanna first burst onto the music scene in 2003, Bianca reckons her resemblance to the singer has been ruining her life.
‘I have lost count of the amount of people that have been convinced I’m Rihanna – to date I’ve probably been stopped by over 1,000 people in street. I’m desperate to find a man who sees past the resemblance. Blokes want me to be Rihanna, but I’m not. I’m Bianca.’
Bianca – who has 70 Twitter followers, a far cry from Rihanna’s 46 million – insists that while she respects the Umbrella songstress, she doesn’t want to be ‘just a lookalike’.
‘When I was 14, people at my school told me I was her double,’ she recalls. ‘One time in London a group of tourists ran across a busy street shouting “Oh my gosh it’s Rihanna!”
‘I like Rihanna but when you get asked it 100 times it loses its appeal quickly.’
Bianca said she ended up cutting her long locks off to escape the continuing ordeal but was infuriated when Rihanna followed suit.
‘Next thing I knew, she’d cut her hair too, and we looked exactly the same again,’ she complains.
‘When I left school it just got worse. I would go on holiday and people were convinced it was Rihanna. I’d be followed and then asked for a photo.’
Bianca is now so paranoid about her resemblance to Rihanna, who has been regularly voted one of the sexiest women on the planet, that she goes out of her way to dress differently.
‘I’ve found myself going online daily to see what she was doing or looking like,’ she admits. ‘I went through phases of doing it to avoid a certain look.
I had my hair red and then a week later Rihanna did it. Everyone thought I had copied her so I dyed it back. Then I went blonde and was told I looked like Rita Ora – I couldn’t win.’
Bianca is now on the hunt for a man who hates Rihanna, in the hope that he will treat her just as she is.
‘I won’t let my looks get in the way of my life,’ she says. ‘But if you had to look like someone, it could be a lot worse, couldn’t it?’