A teenager who has been working as a Taylor Swift impersonator was beaten up by classmates due to her resemblance to the pop star.
Xenna Kristian, a student at Walford and North Shropshire College in Shropshire, England, has been earning money impersonating Swift at charity events and private parties. The 18-year-old claims a classmate beat her up, without provocation, for looking like the Grammy winner. Kristian said she had experienced a pattern of bullying when she began working as an impersonator.
“Some girls at college had started making nasty comments, but it escalated really quickly,” Kristian said. “The girl came up behind me and dragged me off my chair by my pony tail, then started kicking me in the face. It just came as a complete shock.”
Kristian then said she tried to get her attacker off of her, but her friends had to help. Her teachers, she said, did nothing. Kristian also said that, when Swift broke up with One Direction singer Harry Styles, people would stop her on the street and blame her for the split, mistaking her for the 23-year-old.
“I never expected anything like this to happen. It’s not nice to see people being nasty about you. Since I started being a lookalike people have been saying stuff, Kristian said. “They must be jealous that I’m going off to do something with my life. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. I still feel shaken up.”
Kristian said she is waiting for her injuries to heal so she can go back to work.
“I’ve had to cancel three appearances just from this week, and I won’t be able to do any more until the bruising goes,” she said.
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[Top Xenna Kristian photo via Facebook]
[Bottom Xenna Kristian photo via Twitter]