When one student of Western University in Ontario asked himself, “What would it be like to become a celebrity?” for a school project, the results were nothing short of insanely interesting.
Mina Gerges, the 20-year-old college student behind the Instagram @keepingupwithmina, recreates celebrity outfits and photos using materials he scavenges around the house or at the dollar store.
His recreations range from Kim Kardashian’s Proenza Schouler dress at the CFDA Awards (made with feathers, paint and reinforcements) to Beyoncé’s Givenchy gown at the Met Gala which were made from garbage bag with each taking upwards of four hours to make.
“When I recreated my very first celebrity look, it was Beyoncé’s, crying after a breakup. It was so liberating,” Gerges told Mashable. “However, I got a lot of negative response to it. People felt inclined to judge me or make fun of me because I was doing something different, and as a guy, you’re not supposed to wear makeup or wear wigs.”
Kim and Bey aside, Mina has also recreated standout looks from Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, and Lady Gaga. Though he occasionally receives some serious hate, Mina seems to have the right idea.
“I realized from there that I was going to keep doing these pictures to push the agenda on gendered expectations that police us into acting or dressing a certain way in order to fit in,” he says. “You should celebrate and embrace your individuality,” he says.
We say, “kudos to his creativity!” Check out more of his recreations below: