Kate Upton :: Derek Kettela/SI
Ania (who asked us to keep her last name private) is a normal 22-year-old student with one major distinction - she happens to look exactly like Kate Upton. So when the 2013 SI Swimsuit issue hit the shelves last month and Ania noticed the jacket hanging in her closet is the exact same one worn by Upton on the cover, she knew something had to be done. So on Friday, Ania tweeted out a photo of herself imitating Upton's cover, a tweet she thought only her friends would see. Hours later, Upton retweeted the image and before long, Ania was the newest internet star. SwimDaily tracked down the Russian beauty for a quick Q&A.
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Hometown: Moscow, Russia
SwimDaily: Tell me about yourself. What do you do?
Ania: I'm a student
SD: What motivated you to dress up like Kate Upton for that photo you posted?
Ania: I've been told I look like her in the past, but when the SI issue came out and she was wearing the same jacket that is hanging in my closet, I knew it had to be done.
SD: Did it come out like you thought?
Ania:The picture - yeah. The amount of attention it got - no way. I didn't think anyone except my friends would ever see it.
SD: What did your friends say?
Ania: "Maybe she'll use you as a stunt double ... if she ever needs one"
SD: What did you think when she retweeted?
Ania: I looked at my phone and had 100 emails from Twitter, but it took me a few minutes to realize why that happened.
SD: Did you get a lot of feedback? Did any guys try to ask you on a date?
Ania: My twitter bio says "Mail order bride in training" and people took that quite seriously, even though it's a total joke. I'm getting a lot of marriage proposals.
SD: Did you get more Twitter followers?
Ania: Before the retweet I had 78. I'm currently at 2600, so yes.
SD: Are you a fan of Kate Upton or did you just like the photo?
Ania: I've been a fan for a while; it's relieving to see someone challenge the stereotype of rail-thin models.
SD: Who (besides Kate) is your favorite model?
Ania: Natalia Vodianova
Ania looking like Ania (and not Kate Upton).