When international news outlets covered the story of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing’s alleged tax evasion controversy, it was another person’s photo which made headlines.
Instead of using the actress’ image, publications such as the Financial Times and South China Morning Post featured a photo of 23-year-old He Chengxi.
She is not Fan Bingbing……😂 neither a doppelganger pic.twitter.com/oc5kPxPOYb
— DING Yining (@dynamism42) June 4, 2018
It is worth pointing out, however, that the mistake is actually an easy error to make, considering the two women look similar.
Chengxi, who is also a known figure on Chinese social media, became popular after going through multiple cosmetic surgeries in the span of eight years to look just like the actress.
It was reported that her boyfriend even opened his own plastic surgery clinic to support her dream.
Capitalizing on Chengxi’s own fame, the clinic now specializes in turning clients into celebrity lookalikes.
Chengxi, who now works at the clinic, also manages her social media presence. With over 1.2 million followers on Weibo, she has become an online celebrity on her own.
According to Shanghaiist, an AFP photographer mislabeled a photo of Chengxi after capturing her image at the Cannes Film Festival which both she and Fan attended earlier this year.
“I always said to them: I like Fan Bingbing, and I look like her, but I am not Fan Bingbing,” Chengxi later told Inkstone News, one of the publications which carried her photo.
“On the international stage, I hope people see me as an independent person.”
The international star, who played the character Blink in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” is currently being investigated for tax evasion after she was accused of hiding her income.