Instagram has proven to be a bastion of some of the most strange celebrity portraits, and Australian comedian Celeste Barber is ready and eager to point out just how ridiculous they really are. In her long-running series called #CelesteChallengeAccepted, she posts side-by-side photos of herself (and sometimes her husband) mimicking the bizarre images of celebrities and high fashion models. Not one to sugarcoat things, Barber’s photo recreations add a biting wit and heavy dose of realism to the often idyllic or just plain silly celebrity pictures.
#CelesteChallengeAccepted started in January 2015 as a “fun experiment to see what it would look like for an average person to photograph herself doing rich people things.” The straightforward concept yields hilarious results that only amplify the absurdity of the original photo. From weird, contorted nude poses to “wearing” pizza slices and flowers, nothing is off limits for the funny woman.
Barber’s recreations have gained the adoration of people around the world—including the celebrities she parodies. Ashton Kutcher and Cindy Crawford count themselves as fans, and the Kardashians will repost Barber’s photos. Some models, she reveals, admit that they take photos “just for Celeste Barber,” which shows the great impact of her work.
Barber will be heading to the United States in the fall of 2018 to go on tour. To see where she’ll be, check out her website.
Comedian Celeste Barber continues her hilarious photo recreation series called #CelesteChallengeAccepted, in which she creates side-by-side parodies of celebrity photos.
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