With her hourglass figure and iconic sultry gaze, curvy Thalia Almodovar is the double of Kim Kardashian.
But amazingly, transgender Thalia was actually born male and has spent thousands to emulate her famous double.
Over the years Thalia has spent more than £70,000 on style and surgery and is mobbed by fans when she hits the streets of New York City.
The 28-year-old has had a butt enhancement and breast implants to imitate Kim’s hourglass shape and spent more than £20,000 on outfits to match the star.
‘I think Kim Kardashian is absolutely stunning, she is gorgeous,’ says Thalia. ‘I love the shape of her body, I think she is beautiful and I admire what she has accomplished.
‘I began transitioning in high school but I didn’t tell anyone. I don’t see myself in the mirror as transgender, I just see myself as a woman,’ she continues. ‘I have always been very feminine since I was little, it’s not like I was a football player so I don’t think it’s astonishing that I look like Kim.’
Her comparisons to the reality star first came after she had boobs and butt surgery in 2009.
‘I went into this boutique in New York in Midtown and the owner thought I was Kim Kardashian and I laughed and said “I am not Kim”,’ says Thalia. ‘It felt a little awkward because I knew I wasn’t Kim so I didn’t want to feel like an impostor, but it was fun and nice – I take it as a compliment.’
But life wasn’t always so glamorous for Thalia. As a child she recalls crying because she was made to use the boy’s bathroom when she wanted to use the girls’.
Eventually she began taking hormones in high school before telling her family.
‘My father was shocked but he said he would support me,’ says Thalia.
Obsessed with fashion, she went on to work as a make-up artist. Now Thalia is investigating career opportunities for being a professional lookalike.
Her obsession with Kim didn’t begin until 2009 after watching the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
‘My hair was dyed strawberry blonde at the time and I was thinking about going back to my natural black. As soon as I did people started staring at me when I was walking along the street – people were nicer to me in stores and I had no idea why,’ recalls Thalia.
‘Then one of my friends said, “You look like Kim Kardashian,”. I couldn’t see it at first but then I embraced it.
‘I would get preferential treatment in clubs and restaurants – walking down the street people would mob me for selfies, it was incredible.
‘A lot of women love Kim because of the way she looks and for her curves. Men love her because of her curves as well and because she is beautiful – so I have never had a mean reaction looking like Kim.’
After a while Thalia began emulating Kim’s style by finding cheaper alternatives to her expensive wardrobe.
‘Every time she was on TV I would Google her immediately to find out who designed her dress,’ says Thalia. ‘I also have an app on my phone that allows me to find replica pieces – that helps a lot.
‘While my outfits don’t cost anything like hers they’re still very expensive.’
She has found affordable versions of the red Valentino dress made famous when Kim wore it in London in September 2012. She also bought the pink PVC crop top and skirt Kim wore in Melbourne in November 2014 for £460.
In total she has spent around £10,000 on clothes, £10,000 on shoes and more than £50,000 on surgery to get this look.
But the clothes were not enough.
‘I couldn’t just have Kim’s clothes, I also had to have her look – I absolutely love her figure. I have had breast surgery and obviously I had to have my butt done with fat transfers from liposuction.
‘I think big butts are always better but not huge – it has to be something that is in the right proportions to your body.’
But it’s not just Kim’s stunning looks that hit home with Thalia – she also wants to emulate her powerful personality.
‘Everything about Kim’s attitude really resonates with me – people think that she doesn’t deserve to be where she is, but she doesn’t care, she just carries on building her empire.
‘That’s what I want to do. Some people don’t like the fact that I’m transgender and yet I’m successful – but just like Kim, I don’t care.
‘I love my life and I love being mistaken for Kim.’
But sharing a likeness with one of the world’s most recognisable women can have its downsides.
‘Sometimes I am just not in the mood when guys just want to talk to me because I look like Kim without getting to know me – that annoys me,’ explains Thalia.
‘I had this guy that dated me only because he had an obsession with Kim and he thought that I look like her – it was like almost a fantasy.
‘I’m single now so I’m on the lookout for my own Kanye.’