This former advertising executive bears such a striking resemblance to US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton that she quit her job to work as a full-time lookalike.
Clinton’s ’twin’, Teresa Barnwell, 61, earns thousands every month for impersonating the presumptive Democratic nominee.
She stands to earn even more if the former Secretary of State defeats business mogul Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee for the Republicans, this November and becomes president.
Barnwell said Clinton was ’really lovely’ when they meet at a book signing in Los Angeles in 1996
Barnwell, from Palm Desert, California, was first told she looked identical to Clinton, when she was playing a slot machine more than 20 years ago.
When Bill Clinton became the 42nd president in 1993, she was bombarded by people telling her she was the first lady’s doppelganger.
Because they looked so much alike, she decided to quit her job in advertising 23 years ago and become a full-time Clinton impersonator.
Barnwell was coached by Denise Bella Vlasis, a Madonna lookalike, to hone her craft after meeting on the set of a TV show.
Vlasis, 52, said presidential lookalikes are probably the most requested and best paid impersonators.
Clients love to have talents that are not only talented at the impression of the star, but they all hope the lookalike talent truly looks like the person they emulate,’ said Vlasis. ’I feel Teresa brings the energy, look and character of Hillary Clinton to each booking, she has this essence and energy which lookalike talents must have in order to portray a convincing performance.She does not just rely on her uncanny resemblance, she also does her homework to perfect her impression.’