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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Kate-alikes: What drives the copy-Kate craze?

By Autumn Brewington

The Post's Monica Hesse explores "Kate-alikes," the phenomenon by which Prince William's fiancee inspires imitation by girls, grown women, retailers and other observers the world over:

"The Kate-alikes are seeking ... what, exactly? Not whatever they were seeking from 1980 Diana, with her shy smile and the gorgeous eyes that always seemed on the verge of crying.

"Kate Middleton is a princess icon and all that it entails (the ball gowns, the title, the William), but she is also a style icon. She is also -- with her bootstrap parents and her college education and her snagging the man who seemed unwilling to commit -- a sort of uber-aspirational modern-woman icon. The kind who could appear in a flirty sundress on the cover of Self, if only she would deign to pose for them."

The article touches on copy-Kate efforts around London, from women patronizing Kate's salon to buying the same brand dresses; walking tours -- populated mostly by Americans -- of sites associated with Kate and William; the run on sapphire engagement rings; and more.

As to Kate's style, Hesse writes: "Professionals have questioned whether she has style, or whether she just has a giant engagement ring from the future King of England, which can be a very good substitute for style."

By Autumn Brewington  | February 23, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Kate Middleton, Media coverage  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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Why in this century has any so-called "royal" not abdicated? Why does any country pay for their support? Just asking.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 23, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Why should they abdicate? The British Royal Family brings in FAR more money in tourist revenue than they incur in expenses (and of course a good deal of their money is private anyway), and in addition, they're a powerful icon of cultural identity.

Posted by: NYC123 | February 23, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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