Shop­pers sur­prised as make-up artist puts im­per­son­ation skills to the test

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Zayn Ma­lik fans got quite a shock when they thought they had spot­ted the star walk­ing round Mall of the Emi­rates on Tues­day night.

He had the looks, he had the beard, the hair, the team of body­guards, and, nat­u­rally, scream­ing fans in tow.

Ex­cept he was a she, and shop­pers young and old were the vic­tims of ex­pert make-up artist Ali­cia Goveas, who wowed passers-by with her con­vinc­ing Zayn dis­guise.

7DAYS ar­ranged for the 23-year-old to show off By Sar­wat Nasir her re­mark­able ta­lent after she made a name for her­self on In­sta­gram, turn­ing her­self into celebrity icons us­ing make-up. She has more than 9,500 fol­low­ers. Fans could be for­given for think­ing it was the Bri­tish hunk scout­ing out Dubai ahead of his gig at the new Autism Rocks Arena on Oc­to­ber 7. In­dian artist Goveas has also mas­tered the looks of Nel­son Man­dela, Mother Theresa, Kanye West and Game of Thrones char­ac­ter Jon Snow among oth­ers. ‘Zayn’ was bom­barded with at least 40 selfie re­quests from shop­pers, with crowds try­ing to get round the body­guards. Ali­cia said: “I can’t be­lieve the re­ac­tion I got. “I got to be a celebrity for a day and it felt amaz­ing. I would do this all over again if I could.”

Goveas was given three ‘body­guards’, - who are ac­tu­ally wrestlers with the Dubai Pro Wrestling Acad­emy.

One fan said she was con­vinced be­cause of her look and the guards - cre­at­ing the ‘celebrity look’.

Mandy War­ren, a 17-year-old fan, said: “From afar, I knew it was a celebrity. And then I thought ‘ is that Zayn Ma­lik’? I was scared to ask for a selfie be­cause of the body­guards but I couldn’t miss a chance like this. “When I was told that it was a make-up artist, I was shocked. I didn’t think it would be a girl. She’s good at this.”

Marisol Juarez, a 25-year-old fan from Colom­bia, said: “I saw all of the young girls tak­ing pho­tos with him, so I knew it could be one of those One Di­rec­tion singers.

“She seems like a great make-up artist if she has all these peo­ple con­vinced. “Some peo­ple might be a bit scep­ti­cal up close, but she can pull it off from far­ther away.”

Goveas is pas­sion­ate about face and body make-up and wants to pur­sue it as a ca­reer. She added: “So many peo­ple came up to me and it was over­whelm­ing.

“It goes to show that make-up isn’t just some­thing you do to look good, it’s a skill and I’m so lucky to have this skill.”

CON­VINCED: This shop­per poses for a pic­ture with Ali­cia - aka Zayn. Below, she trans­forms in less than 30 min­utes. Inset, the real Zayn Ma­lik

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