Editor's Note: Oh, how I love this profile, and how I love this girl!!! When I first met Heidi, I was captivated not only by her physical beauty, but also her undeniable warmth. This is a woman who has created, and defined, the most incredible career for herself. She is the true definition of "self-made", and as a result of her hard work is now able to travel the world on surreal adventures and provide for her two children at the same time. I admire her ambition, drive and humbleness-- a true "royal" in every sense of the word.
You may recognize Heidi Agan as one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
The catch? She’s not who you think she is.
Dubbed the best Kate Middleton lookalike worldwide, Heidi began her career in 1999, not as a doppelganger, but as an employee at a local UK restaurant chain, Frankie & Benny’s.
She also had two children, deciding that she would go back to work at Frankie & Benny's, but this time as a waitress which allowed for more flexible hours as a single working mom.
Heidi's regulars started getting in on the fun, asking if they could be served by the “future Queen” and have their picture taken with the waitress that was the spitting image of Kate.
Fast forward to February of 2012, the photographer who had taken Heidi’s pictures popped by the restaurant to say hello.
That afternoon, Heidi started researching lookalike agencies in the UK, shocked at how many there were. Picking one at random, she sent in a photo convinced it was a complete waste of time.
Three months after her first gig, Heidi decided that the work was stable enough to allow her to quit her job as a waitress for good. She says this was a “huge decision” and one that she didn’t take lightly.
By September of that year, Heidi's "waitress turned royal lookalike" story had spread worldwide. Overnight, she started doing interviews back-to-back, flying to New York to appear on The Katie Couric Show, Good Morning America and 20/20.
Is your career as fun as it seems?!
I'd imagine this career also comes with its fair share of challenges, especially in the form of envy and jealousy.
Can it feel simply bizarre being one of the most recognized lookalikes in the world?
Yes! Let’s be honest, just being a lookalike is bizarre! At one point I had to fake being pregnant and wear four different sized bumps to I could keep my character authentic! Also, I’ve been proposed to about 15 times!
I’ve realized that there are always going to be people who think what I do is weird, and that’s okay! Everyone has an opinion and I have learned that. What is important to me is that I work hard to be the best lookalike I can be. I spend hours researching things that can make my character better, be it my hair or my mannerisms. It’s all important.
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