While there seems to be
no shortage of Taylor Swift doppelgängers in the world, 21-year-old Keitra Jane`s story is unique in that looking like the pop star has been both good and
bad. On the awesome side, she got to star in musician Alex Boye`s music video for his song, African Hipster
. On the not-so-awesome side, she`s had to deal with some surprisingly awful comments about her body online, which is not at all what thought she was signing up for.
Keitra gets mistaken for Taylor ALL the time, especially in Disney World, where people always ask to have their photos taken with her, which she swears she doesn`t mind doing. She gets asked for pics at her doctor`s office, at the mall, while on a cruise ship with her family, and even at the airport when people think she isn`t looking. "The last couple times I traveled I had my cat, Marissa Cooper with me, and a bunch of girls thought that it was Taylor`s cat, Meredith," Keitra told Seventeen.com.
But it was when she became well-known online that the mean comments started. After being in Alex Boye`s music video, some people noticed that she might be just a tiny bit curvier than Taylor and pointed it out in the YouTube comments section. "My friends kept sending me photos of these comments that would say just inappropriate things like `Taylor with a bigger rack/boobs,`" Keitra said. "One comment caught my eye. It said `a fatter Taylor Swift.`"
Keitra has struggled with body dysmorphia for as long as she can remember, so the comment hit a nerve. "I`ve always been taller than most of my peers but being called fat just hurt," she said. In high school, Keitra weighed 30 lbs less than she does now, and suffered from disordered eating. With the help of her family, she was able to get healthy and work on loving herself. So instead of letting the comment bum her out, Keitra decided to call attention to it instead. She posted a screenshot of it and captioned the photo: "
Internet bullying contributes to disordered eating. People need to understand that nothing on the internet goes unnoticed, and when you publicize your comments or suggestions you aren`t just writing on a wall, you`re writing to a real person."
Keitra has a lot of fun "playing" Taylor, but also wants to use the exposure she`s gained to share her story and show people that words can only affect you if you let them. "I really just want everybody to love the skin they`re in and understand that happiness doesn`t come from living up to other people`s expectations; it comes from fulfilling the role you see yourself in and allowing yourself to be true to your own identity," she said. She quotes Taylor Swift by saying, "Be yourself there is no one better."Instagram