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A Plus-Size Model in California Might Be Meghan Markle’s Most Convincing Look-Alike Yet

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Remember when dozens of Meghan Markle look-alikes began popping up all over the internet after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement last year? Well, we may have just discovered the most convincing Meghan Markle doppelgänger yet. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Erica Lauren.

Lauren is a plus-size model from Pasadena, California (funnily enough, this is less than an hour away from the hospital where Meghan Markle was born in Canoga Park). After a quick glance, it’s apparent how similar the two look. Upon closer inspection, though, the resemblance becomes uncanny. Both women have enviable chocolate locks, which are usually side swept and curled to perfection. They also have almost identical olive skin tones and high, regal cheekbones. 

Earlier this year, Lauren made headlines after photos from a campaign she modeled for went viral. Simply Be, a British brand specializing in plus-size clothing, hired Lauren as a model for their bridal line. In one photo, Lauren wears her hair in a romantic half-up style that many predicted Meghan would wear at her wedding. In some alternate reality, we can totally imagine the bride walking down the aisle in this feminine long-sleeve wedding gown.

Arieta Mujay, the head of communications at Simply Be, told Yahoo! that when they hired Lauren, it wasn’t just because she bears a striking resemblance to Prince Harry’s wife. “Being a proud British brand, we understand the buzz around a royal wedding,” Mujay said. “The resemblance was obvious at first sight, so that was a factor in casting her for the shoot. However, the main reason is that she is a real curvy girl and a fantastic model.”

Still not convinced that Lauren is Meghan’s ultimate look-alike? Perhaps these photos will get you off the fence and firmly on our side of the Meghan Markle 2.0 debate. 

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