Zayn Ma­lik ‘looka­like’ on her 15 min­utes in the spot­light

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - Writes Sar­wat Nasir. sar­wat@7days.ae

make-up artist who sur­prised shop­pers when she im­per­son­ated for­mer One Di­rec­tion star Zayn Ma­lik says she now gets recog­nised in the street and has been flooded with beauty prod­ucts,

Ali­cia Goveas teamed up with 7DAYS for a stunt that saw the 23-year-old tour Mall of the Emi­rates pos­ing as the for­mer One Di­rec­tion star.

Shop­pers flocked to have their pic­ture taken with Ali­cia, who was flanked by fake body­guards, and our video was picked up across the globe.

One month on, Ali­cia said she has en­joyed her 15 min­utes of fame, but also had to deal with harsh head­lines in the US me­dia and un­pleas­ant comments on so­cial me­dia.

The In­dian ex­pat said: “The re­sponse has been tremen­dous.

“The video went ev­ery­where. MTV, Com­edy Cen­tral, New York Post and lots of other me­dia have cov­ered the stunt.

“I woke up the next day and I was so over­whelmed with the re­sponse.

“There has been a few times where I’ve been talking to some­one and they’d be like ‘wait, where you in that Zayn Ma­lik video?’”

But along with the pos­i­tive comments and sup­port were crit­ics mock­ing her ef­forts, which she said was dif­fi­cult to deal with.

The New York Post ran head­lines such as ‘Mall-go­ers in Dubai some­how be­lieve this woman is Zayn Ma­lik’ and ‘This mall is full of the most gullible peo­ple ever’.

One so­cial me­dia user wrote on Face­book: “Doesn’t look like Zayn from any an­gle.”

Another wrote: “Def­i­nitely not Zayn, re­ally poor make up... that's why she was able to fool ppl there.... no chance here sweety.”

How­ever, oth­ers were sup­port­ive, with Mike Ivanova say­ing: “I cos­play my­self, I can tell

be­tween make-up and stuff. No hate of course, love your ef­fort!”

Ali­cia said: “Peo­ple were say­ing things like ‘she’s too short’ or ‘that looks noth­ing like him’ and it both­ered me the first day, but then I told my­self that ‘I’m not re­ally a male - and I’m not re­ally Zayn Ma­lik’. I’m a make-up artist that can transform her­self into look­ing sim­i­lar to celebri­ties. There’s a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Ali­cia cur­rently works free­lance but dreams of mak­ing it big in the pro­fes­sion, adding: “I would love to con­tinue my ca­reer in this field.”

IT’S GOTTA BE YOU: Ali­cia, made over as Zayn Ma­lik, poses with a shop­per

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