A teenager who is virtually indistinguishable from singer Ariana Grande looks like she could have been separated from the star at birth.
Ariana doppelganger Paige Niemann, 14, was first compared to the chart topper in her school playground when she was just 10-years-old. Four years and one million TikTok followers later, the striking brunette has found her own fame online thanks to the uncanny resemblance.
The California-native said that after she asked her mom to do her hair and makeup like the God Is A Woman singer, 26, she began to learn the beauty tricks herself and the more she posted on Instagram, the more she attracted attention from Ariana fans all over the world.
Separated at birth? California teen Paige Niemann, pictured, is a dead ringer for superstar Ariana Grande
Uncanny: The resemblance between the 14-year-old from California, left, and the Florida-born chart topper, right, is driving fans crazy
Hair: Once Paige, pictured, first received comparisons to Ariana she tried straightening her long hair and doing her makeup like the singer
Alike: Between their brunette locks, high cheekbones and doe eyes, it’s becoming impossible for fans to tell Paige apart from Ariana, pictured
Inspiration: Now, Paige, pictured, posts Ariana tributes on Instagram, such as a recent picture in black angel wings
Angel: Paige’s picture was a clear nod to Ariana’s recent appearance in the new Charlie’s Angels music video, pictured
The teenager chalks their likeness down to the fact that they are both Italian American. (Ariana’s full last name is Grande-Butera and she describes herself as ‘half Sicilian and half Abruzzese’.)
Paige has also gained 40,000 Instagram followers in the process, and often shares her own sponsored content as an influencer in her own right.
‘When I started to do my looks like her some of her fans are really sweet, but the other half are the meanest people I have ever seen online,’ she said to Dazed in a February article about the downsides of looking like a celebrity.
Halloween: Paige, 14, had everyone confused when she shared her Halloween costume, pictured, which was inspired by Ariana’s go-to stage looks
Doppelganger: The California-native, left, used Ariana’s Bring It On costume, right, as inspiration for a recent look
Signature: Even Paige’s early selfies on her now-popular Instagram account, left, show she always bore a resemblance to Ariana, right, thanks to their similar hair and features
‘Ariana fans get so offended when people do anything similar to Ariana. They’ll be like “be yourself”, or that they don’t like people stealing, or that there is only one Ariana, that I’ll never be her.’
However, any hate she receives hasn’t stopped her ‘cosplaying’ as Ariana, taking inspiration from the singer’s album art, stage costumes and music video outfits.
Recent posts, which receive up to 12,000 likes a pop, show reference to scenes from the Thank U Next video and for Halloween, Paige donned an Ariana-influenced stage costume.
Typical comments on her post read: ‘Wow you look exactly like Ariana it’s scary’ and ‘No stop! I literally thought Ariana posted a selfie’.
‘You’re the absolute best at recreating ari looks ! queen !!!,’ praised another.
However, people can be cruel too. ‘Wannabe,’ slammed one troll, while another said: ‘Imagine not having your own personality or look’.
Meanwhile, some are just downright confused. ‘Wait this isn’t Ariana???? Is this a fan page or do you legit look like her twin I’m confused,’ one person asked.
Album art: Paige, left, used Ariana’s 2018 Thank U, Next album cover, right, as inspiration for a recent post
Regina: Paige, left, takes inspiration from Ariana’s music videos, such as her turn as Regina George, right, for the Thank U Next video
Before she was famous: Paige, pictured in 2016, was first compared to Ariana when she was just 10-years-old
Haters: Paige, pictured in 2019, said she tries to ignore any trolls on her page as she enjoys dressing up like Ariana
‘I don’t care what haters say,’ she added. ‘I’m just going to keep on doing what makes me happy, and looking like Ariana makes me happy.’
And with an incredible one million fans on TikTok,
When it comes to Ariana’s veritable twins, Paige isn’t alone.
Jacky Vasquez is arguably the most well-known.
The 22-year-old from Virginia previously made headlines when she shared how much fans mistake her for the celebrity.
However, two years since going viral for her likeness to Ariana, Jacky appears to have deleted almost all the photos from her Instagram account, which still has 196,000 followers.
Famous: Ariana’s most well-known lookalike is Jacky Vasquez, 22, from Virginia, pictured
Confusion: Waitress Jacky, pictured, said that fans always ask her for selfies as they mistake her for the real Ariana
‘I’m friends with pretty much all the lookalikes, not Jacky because she’s too popular,’ Paige said.
She estimates there are more than 20 ‘Ariana-a-likes’.
‘You just search #ariannalookalikes and if you find an Ariana lookalike, see who they are following then you’ll find more,’ Paige said.
‘We just message each other like “don’t listen to the haters.”‘
Yet in the bizarre world of social media, it seems that there’s also a ‘Paige Niemann fan page’, which re-shares photos of the teen impersonating Ariana.