21-year-old Chloe Cowan explained how she’d recently discovered an Instagram account belonging to another student, Honey Basra, and was horrified to learn that the woman has been mirroring her life on social media—down to the smallest of details—for nearly two years.
Not only had Basra worn eerily similar clothes, she mimicked Cowan’s poses, captions, and even Instagram name (Cowan’s handle was ChloeCowan17xo, Basra’s HoneyBasra18xo). More often than not, the copycat posts would go up just hours after the original.
In one image, Cowan is dressed as a “blind mouse,” wearing mouse ears and round glasses and holding a cane.
In another, Cowan stands leaning against a wall in her bedroom.
Chloe’s older sister Linzi posted about the situation to Facebook on Monday as a warning about the dangers of social media. In it, she wrote about how the copycat had gone so far as to reenact “videos of a photo album that Chloe posted of my dad who passed away.”
The Facebook post reads, in full:
“Don’t even know where to start with this but just want to let people know the dangers of social media. My sister Chloe is at Dundee University and another girl living in Dundee (who my sister wasn’t aware of until this week) has been reenacting her life on instagram for almost two years.
This girl’s stalking behaviour is to the extreme of reenacting videos of a photo album that Chloe posted of my dad who [passed] away (gives me the shivers when I think about it). This girl doesn’t follow my sister on social media and had made a fake account to stalk her without her knowing… Imitation is flattering [but this is] too far.”
Linzi’s post had more than 11,000 shares and, according to the DailyRecord, many comments from friends of the girls who were spooked and outraged a the situation.
A University of Dundee spokesman said that “The welfare of all University of Dundee students is treated with the ultimate importance.”
“We are aware of these claims and our Student Services team and the Dundee University Students’ Association is providing assistance to those affected.”
Both Cowan and Basra’s Instagram accounts have since been deleted from Instagram.
h/t The Daily Record