It's always nice to think someone might admire what you do, but there's no need for anyone to go and point-blank copy your whole life. Which is why blogger Lauren Bullen, who runs the site Gypsea Lust, was more than a bit creeped out to discover there was a girl making exact copies of all the pictures she uploaded to her Instagram account.
But what makes it weirder is that Lauren's collation of pictures come from her travels around the globe. So this girl—whose Instagram profile under the name of @diana_alexa has recently been made private with all posts apparently having been removed—has literally been following in her footsteps everywhere she goes.
The photos are so similar, in fact, that this mysterious Diana even wears the same clothes as Lauren in the shots.
So Lauren's simultaneously pissed off and freaked out—understandably so.
Lauren has more than 650,000 followers on her Instagram, so you might be able to see why she's a sitting target for someone who wants to recreate success on the popular social networking site. It's just bizarre to think of the lengths this Diana must have gone to, traveling to the likes of Morocco and Greece just to sit in the same seats as Lauren and to bathe in the same pools.
In a blog post entitled "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," Lauren discusses how "stealing someone's art" is "never okay."
"When a girl travels across the world recreating your exact imagery over and over again you begin to worry," she writes.
"I understand seeking inspiration from what I do—and I love that, but this truly shocked me...at first I thought it was all photoshopped & had to take screen shots to compare the two.. They honestly did an incredible job copying our imagery, controversially insane mimics, so I congratulate them for this!
"But stealing someone's art- that's never okay."
Lauren also notes how much detail her imitator must pay attention to when copying the shots.
"I don't promote and tag everything I wear, so that would have taken a lot of time and work, even down to the anklets and necklace. Not to mention the cost of all this — those outfits and accommodations don't come at a cheap price. A lot of what Jack [her boyfriend] and I do is work with companies and brands to create imagery & promotion — this is our business and how we are able to continue to create this for everyone."
Whatever the reason, at least Lauren and her boyfriend have managed to bring it to people's attention, highlighting that it's a low blow to copy point-for-point exactly what someone else has put a lot of time and effort into creating.
Maybe they should show you this as an example when they warn you not to plagiarize your university essays. It definitely gets the message across.
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