Fans are convinced that body-positivity activist, Erica Lauren, is a doppelganger of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Lauren says a number of comments made her investigate Markle back when she had no idea who the former Suits actress was.
Lauren has been modeling since 2015 and uses her platform to advocate body positivity and inclusivity in the modeling world. Since her Instagram debut, she has been compared to the former Suits actress, but the attention around the similarity has really escalated since Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry.
Lauren told Insider that she has been receiving comments on the similarity between her and Markle since before she knew who the former actress was. She said, “It’s so funny — from early on in modeling, someone would comment on a photo every so often ‘you look like the girl from ‘Suits! I had never seen the show before, so I had to Google her.”
She added that since the Royal Wedding, fans have become more vocal on her social media about her similarity to Markle. She said she finds the comparison flattering, saying, “No complaints from me though — I find Meghan stunning so I’m extremely flattered!”
Lauren also said that she sees the similarities herself, saying she even got confused once herself. She explained, “I can’t necessarily deny there are some similarities. I’m also half back and half white like she is, and I even saw a photo of Meghan in the news from when she was young and it looked so much like I did at the same age.”
Partly because of her stark similarities to Meghan Markle and mostly because of her impressive modeling repertoire, Lauren has gained a large following on social media. She now inspires her followers to be comfortable in their bodies, no matter what their size. She said she is extremely happy that her confidence can inspire the people that frequent her Instagram page.
Lauren further explained that she hesitated when entering the very public modeling world, but that since her entry, she has had a positive experience. She said, “In 2015 I remember taking notice of the rise of plus models and plus-size fashion influencers, especially on Instagram. Not only were they confidently showing their curves and rocking all these super cute clothes by a lot of newer plus-size brands, but in reading comments you could see women were out here supporting each other in the process.”
Lauren currently has around 175,000 followers on Instagram.
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