Urban legend says that everybody has a doppelganger out there walking around in the world somewhere. Well, what happens when your double just so happens to be Beyoncé? We asked Brittany Williams, a 20-something woman living in Detroit whose pics started circulating via social media because of her extreme likeness to Mrs. Carter, at least so says the internet. Ironically, she doesn't see it.
“I actually don’t think we resemble. She is a beautiful woman and so am I. But at the end of the day, God created her to be her and me to be me, and I love being me!” she insists.
Comparisons to Queen Bey may be the highest form of flattery for some, but not all the comments are butterflies and rainbows. Brittany’s been called everything from the “Alternative Beyoncé” to the “$1 Menu Beyoncé.” Not exactly the feedback you’d expect when resembling a mega-celebrity who’s graced the covers of the world’s biggest fashion and beauty mags.
Most of the dragging seems to come from people thinking that she purposely tries to play twinsies with Beyoncé, even accusing her of using makeup and weave to enhance her outer Yoncé, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Actually, I do not wear a lot of makeup. I hate to look drastically different from my natural self. I keep it simple.” As for her hair, she says, “Some people assume I wear weave to look like her, but most of the pictures that I post online are with no weave. I naturally have long, thick hair. Weave is a choice for me.”
In fact, there’s actually another music legend she adores.
“The Beyonce’ references started back in my junior high school years. The funny thing is, I grew up idolizing Aaliyah. I wanted to be like her. Adopt her style, her ease, her confidence and her grace. Because of this, I actually grew up with a tomboyish style, which I still have today.”
Brittany works for a Fortune 500 company as a production planner and in her free time enjoys writing. She’s also passionate about singing, dancing acting and modeling, which is pretty evident with a quick scroll through her Instagram. She may have a lot in common with Bey, but as far as the “Alternative Beyoncé” remarks go, she hasn’t given them much thought.
She just wants to be known as herself, but tells us about her respect and admiration for the one and only Beyoncé that expands far beyond looks.
“If I ever met her, I would tell her that I’m proud of her and everything she is and has achieved…I would tell her that I appreciate how she uses music to express herself in the way the art was intended — freely with no reservation to our emotions. I would express my liking to the way she moves; with much calculation, a desire for perfection and an unnecessary work ethic that proves time after time her love for what she does. I’m proud of this woman and I’m proud she reflects a different stigma of what it means to have the color of my skin. I would simply tell her, ‘I’m proud.'”
Still, we've got to admit, girl can make the most dedicated of Beyhive members do a double take. However, make no mistake. She does not consider herself the “other” anything.
“I am the only ‘B’ of my kind. It’s a confidence I feel that everyone should exude and feel,” says B, not Bey.
Got that? Good.
(Photo: SurB via Instagram)