Instagram has become a haven for some of the strangest celebrity photographs, and Celeste Barber, an Australian comedian, is ready to point out how silly they are. She shares side-by-side shots of herself (and occasionally her spouse) emulating the strange images of celebs and high fashion models in her long-running series #CelesteChallengeAccepted. Barber’s photo recreations, which are frequently beautiful or just plain goofy celebrity photos, have a stinging humor and a hefty dose of reality.
The #CelesteChallengeAccepted campaign began in January 2015 as a “fun experiment to explore what it would look like for an ordinary person to photograph herself doing affluent people activities.” The simple notion produces amusing consequences that simply add to the original photo’s ridiculousness. Nothing is off bounds for the humorous woman, from strange, twisted nude stances to “wearing” pizza pieces and flowers.
Barber’s impersonations have won her fans all around the world, including the celebrities she mocks. Fans include Ashton Kutcher and Cindy Crawford, and the Kardashians will repost Barber’s images. She admits that some models admit to taking images “especially for Celeste Barber,” demonstrating the enormous effect of her work.
Barber will go on a tour of the United States in the fall of 2018. Check out her website to see where she’ll be.
Celeste Barber continues her funny #CelesteChallengeAccepted picture reproduction series, in which she produces side-by-side parodies of iconic images.