Mina Gerges Remakes Your Fav Celebs’ Best Looks
We’ve all copied trends from celebrities, but only few have gone as far as to completely duplicate celebs’ Instagram images.
From outfits to hair and makeup, Mina Gerges has recreated the looks of our fav celebs (and has even been noticed by Chrissy Teigen, Nicki Minaj, Snooki, Kim Kardashian, and Katy Perry).
We spoke to the self-proclaimed “Egyptian Queen of Self Love and Acceptance” about growing up in Egypt, his go-to outfit, fav cocktail, his future plans and more.
What was it like growing up in Egypt? How has that upbringing impacted you?
I lived in Egypt until I was 11 years old. Growing up in that culture and seeing all the ways that people who are different were judged has had a huge impact on what I do today. Iâ€™m now lucky enough to live in a country like Canada where I can express myself freely. Everything I do online today is to spread that message of self-love and acceptance.
What bores you?
To be honest, Iâ€™m rarely ever bored because Iâ€™m always daydreaming about something. If Iâ€™m listening to music, Iâ€™m performing that song at the Grammys or Iâ€™m in a really fierce music video. If Iâ€™m walking down the street, Iâ€™m Naomi Campbell at the Victoriaâ€™s Secret fashion show with massive angel wings and a million dollar bra.Â I always keep myself entertained.
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Where did the idea come from to mock popular celebrity images?
Three years ago,Â I was going through a breakup and wanted a funny way to show how sad I was about it, so I tookÂ this photoÂ [inspired by the music video for]Â “Why Donâ€™t You Love Me” by BeyoncÃ©. I had so much fun doing it I just kept creating new content and never stopped! People were really mean and judgmental when I first started posting the recreations â€” mostlyÂ becauseÂ Iâ€™m a boy wearing makeup and wigs â€” so I knew then that I needed to keep doing this until people accepted it and stopped being judgmental about it.
Whatâ€™s your go-to outfit on a day when youâ€™re not recreating looks?
My go-to outfit is an acid wash denim jacket paired with either Nike or Adidas head-to-toe (shirt, short shorts, and shoes â€” they all have to be from the same brand).
Have celebs noticed your work?Â
The first celeb to ever notice my work was Katy Perry, she reposted one of my pictures of her. After that, Amber Rose reposted and followed me. This year, Nicki Minaj liked and repost one ofÂ my photos,Â 2 days after that Rihanna liked myÂ Paper magazine recreation. Kim K also liked a meme about my recreation 2 weeks ago, and that was really awesome. I did a series of recreations for the Met Gala and Chrissy Teigen commented onÂ my photoÂ of her and Snooki followed me! I also love when the actual designers of the dresses like or repost my pictures, because Iâ€™m making their thousand dollar dresses out of fruit loops and a $5 shower curtain. To see that they appreciate the DIY aspect of it is so cool.
What does your prop collection look like?
I have an entire closet in my apartment dedicated to all my stuff. Itâ€™s full of paint, makeup, wigs, balloons, tin foil, and lots of glitter. I alsoÂ always carry a small bag filled with makeup and two wigs (a blonde and a black one). Iâ€™m always prepared for a fashion emergency.
Take us through your creative process.
I used to be extremely selective about picking a picture to recreate but because Iâ€™ve been doing this for almost four years, Iâ€™ve branched out a lot. Sometimes people will DM pictures they want me to recreate and I love when they do that! My thought process now is: â€œWill I feel fierce if I recreate this dress?â€ and if the answer is yes, I do it.
Creating the actual dress is also a process that evolved so much. I used to want it to look exactly like the real version, I spentÂ hours recreating the dress and making sure it was PERFECT. I recreatedÂ Kim Kâ€™s Met Gala dress two years ago and it took me eight hours working non-stop to paint the exact design onto a curtain. I also created Beyonceâ€™s Met Gala dress that yearÂ and I placedÂ literally hundreds of little rhinestones onto a garbage bag because I wanted it to look exactly like hers.Â Now I try to come up with funny ways to get the same look.
Dresses now take me a maximum of 45 minutes to recreate and I use food, phone chargers, toilet paperâ€¦ anything that you wouldnâ€™t expect to see! Last week, I used sliced cheese to make Rita Oraâ€™s hair at the Met Gala. I definitely donâ€™t aim for perfection anymore.
What do your friends and family think of your images?
When I first started doing this people werenâ€™t very accepting, including some of my friends.
When I went viral in 2015, there was a period where I got death threats and the bullying continued for most of that year. I couldnâ€™t understand why some people were so judgmental about something so harmless. People would bully me about my weight, my body hair, or my sexuality, and it lead me to delete my Instagram for eight months because I couldnâ€™t handle logging onto Instagram and seeing something mean written in the comments every time.
When I decided to come back to Instagram, I told myself I would never let an anonymous troll stop me from doing what I love ever again. Everything I do now since coming back to Instagram has been about embracing my body and everything that I was bullied about before. My parents grew up in an extremely homophobic country and they learned to love and accept what I do (not right away, but they came around to it), so I think everyone can learn from that.
If we were at a bar right now, what drink would you order?
If we were at a bar right now Iâ€™d be drinking my go-to drink: a double vodka cran!
What would your dream day look like?
My glam team preps me for a primetime special with Oprah. She came out of retirement just to interview me. At the end of the interview, she brings out Lady Gaga to surprise me. Thatâ€™s my ultimate dream day.
If you could only recreate the looks of one celebrity for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
Definitely Kylie Jenner. Between the different wigs she wears and all of her fun photoshoots thereâ€™s always something new for me to recreate.
What do you plan to do next?
My next plan is to do more with makeup. I feel empowered when I wear makeup and a lot of people comment on how fierce my makeup is in my pictures so I definitely want to do more with that. I also want to use my platform to talk more about the online bullying I experienced, especially when it comes to being bullied for my weight, and how I overcame that and became stronger in spite of it. Iâ€™ve used my platform to inspire people to embrace what makes them different and I want to continue to do that by sharing how Iâ€™ve gained my confidence despite the mean things trolls would comment on my pictures.