Cosplayer draws flak after creating OnlyFans account looking like Ariana Grande
No need to look twice. The real Ariana Grande is not on OnlyFans.
TikTok star Paige Niemann has come under fire for creating an account on OnlyFans while dressed as the Thank U, Next singer.
To recap, OnlyFansr is a subscription-based platform where people share adult content. Paige, meanwhile, began drawing the ire of Ariana's fans when one of the singer's fan accounts on Twitter called out the impersonator.
“Paige Niemann starting an OF cosplaying as Ariana Grande is one of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever seen,” the Twitter account @obviousbyari wrote on Sept. 3. “In my opinion, this is going too far and is disgusting, weird and INSANELY DISRESPECTFUL.”
"Side note: It's obvious she's doing her makeup exactly like Ariana and in a recent leaked photo from her OnlyFans, it's clear her face is EDITED to look more like Ariana. I wish her the best truly... but this has gone WAY too far," the user wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Paige Niemann starting an OF cosplaying as Ariana Grande is one of the most disrespectful things i’ve ever seen.— kayIah 🦭 (@obviousbyari) September 2, 2022
In my opinion this is going too far and is disgusting, weird and INSANELY DISRESPECTFUL. pic.twitter.com/1HHP91DAgG
In addition, Ariana's fans are enraged by how Paige's OnlyFans bio claims that the social media star is "not cosplaying or impersonating." However, several of her Instagram posts with photos starkly similar to those of Ariana clearly state that she's "recreating" the singer's looks.
She said “ not cosplaying or impersonating ” when her whole life and persona is literally Ariana Grande like she’s literally living a cosplay life if that makes sense. Anywayyy she need to check herself asap pic.twitter.com/NBviUc6jPd— Ry✨ (@RyanGrande21) September 3, 2022
Another user came to Paige’s defense, saying that the 18-year-old is “doing nothing wrong” as she is using her real identity. "It's not her fault that she looks like Ariana Grande and that there are weirdos who pay to see that," the user said.
Nevertheless, most still do not approve of Paige’s choice of makeup and clothing that make her mimic the 29-year-old singer's appearance. One netizen even pointed out that the cosplayer does not resemble Ariana without the full glam.
In fact, Ariana's fans aren't the only ones who find Paige's antics bizarre, but the singer herself. In November 2019, Paige posted a video on TikTok and Twitter wherein she was lip-syncing to Ariana’s lines as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Sam & Cat.
@paigeniemann It’s a dog toy that looks like a phone 🍩 #catvalentine #victorious #arianagrande #fyp #foryou #foryourpage #viral ♬ Follow me for more good audios - Natalie Coleman
According to an E! News report, the video caught Ariana's attention and prompted her to call out the cosplayer. "I just wonder whyyyy the cat voice / dialogue. [crying eomji] i am sure she is the sweetest sweet sweetheart forreal !! but it's definitley bizarre seeing people blend the two worlds lmao," Ariana wrote in the now-deleted tweet.
Paige began impersonating Ariana way back in 2017 but only rose to fame two years later for her Cat Valentine videos. She has 10.6 million followers on TikTok, 894,000 on Instagram, and 10,900 on YouTube as of late.