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27-year-old Claire Leeson from Essex, UK went viral on the internet years ago for her resemblance to reality show star/empress Kim Kardashian. In 2007, at the age of 18, friends told her that she looked like the star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, then in its first season. The insecure young Leeson decided to embrace the resemblance. She spent £18,000 (roughly $22,300) on breast implants, prosthetic butt pads, cosmetics, and clothes to look more like Kardashian. Then she started a side hustle as an impersonator.

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But that was before the internet got wind of her. As soon as people became aware of this faux-Kim, they started harassing her non-stop. She got the worst of both worlds—Kardashian fans hassling her for trying to be like their queen, and Kardashian haters subjecting her to the same merciless abuse they give to the real thing. Nine years later, she tells the Daily Mail:

It's ruining my life, I'm just being ridiculed. People don't understand that it's not a compliment for me to be compared to Kim, it really upsets me. I feel like a bit of an idiot and I regret saying I wanted to be like her. I am my own person and I wish I hadn't have gone along with it at the time.

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my nan told me to post this and rub it all in thier faces! so obviously this the face that is too pretty for @instagram and too pretty for life the all the biggest female celebs out there are jealous of me and have to make commercials to try and bully me off😂 coz there scared they can't stand out next to me and apart from my true following everyone eles is far too jealous to like my stuff now that makes me very original! how many of them can say people are too intimidated to like Thier stuff not even instagram can put me about coz Im such a weapon x they ignore the genuine things I say because they can't see past my looks so if they wanna be that arrogant and dismiss a persons feelings because you are jealous of the way they look then they you can face the repercussions of it. just to let those peeps know no one with jealousy in thier heart will be going to heaven so if u look at the percentage of people liking my stuff and weigh it up to jealous bastards that don't we can safely see the percentage of who's going to heaven and hell lol and the sad fact is all this jealousy, but in my world my life does not revolve around my looks so therefore it's your problem not mine. but these silly people trying g to bully me off if only they really knew how big they were making my head lol it really makes me laugh that you must think I wanna express what's going on, and people have the cheek to assume I'm gonna just drop the subject and not rebuke it back onto these women get real if they want me to stop talking about it then I suggest they leave me and my family alone and that way I can forgive and forget and we can move on but until they leave me and my family alone until then I'm going to keep expressing what these ladies do not wanna hear I'm not a vain person but if the shoe fits with these haters then I'm gonna let them wear it x

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Leeson continues:

I only started watching the show a couple of seasons in after people said I look like Kim Kardashian. I liked her make-up and the clothes she wore so I took it as a compliment. She's really pretty and everyone was trying to look like her. I was so low and insecure at the time, I felt like I should take it [the publicity] because it was there.

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heading for some cocktails in scarlet red. the Oriental gardens coctail bar was so beautiful ! 🍸🍹🍷 x

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What's more, Leeson is fed up with trolls who refuse to believe she hasn't had plastic surgery on her face. She insists the only work she's had done is the boob job, but they won't believe her. What's more, her natural resemblance to Kardashian is hurting her career as an actress (the same career it helped start).

hey ye pussycats she wore an incy wincy tini weeny yellow polkadot bikini except mine have tassles lol xxx

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Let's hope Ms. Leeson can escape from the shadow of Kim Kardashian and her butt. She deserves the chance to pursue her acting career on her own terms.

Now there's only one question left: why do people think she had facial surgery? She doesn't even look that much like Kardashian.

always stay true to yourself ❤

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