Miley Cyrus lookalike constantly confused for the real deal – and even Billy Ray Cyrus thought it could be her

This Miley Cyrus lookalike CAN’T STOP getting compared to the star.

Mardee Shackleford dresses as the singer Miley Cyrus

Mardee Shackleford dresses as the singer Miley Cyrus

Mardee Shackleford, 21, is constantly being pulled aside by Miley fans, asking for photographs with Wrecking Ball singer.

Even Miley’s own father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was so shocked by Mardee’s resemblance to his daughter that when he saw her at a concert he plucked her from the crowd and took a series of snaps together.

Security have also had to crowd around Mardee at Miley shows, stopping frantic fans from swamping her at concerts and nightclubs.

Mardee, who lives in California, USA, said she first heard comparisons between herself Disney star when she was 14.

Her boyfriend at the time thought the she looked like Hannah Montana, but it wasn’t until after she opted for a pixie cut, aged 17, that the comparisons became more frequent.

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Mardee and Billy Ray (l)

Mardee, who was working as a waitress at the time, said: “Almost every table that I waited on, someone would say I looked like her – I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it.

“Several times I have been sitting in traffic and people have slid open the back door of their car and kids will start yelling ‘MILEEEEEEY!’

“Sometimes it feels like I am actually famous or a celeb – just on a really small scale.

“It’s been really fun for me.”

Initially not a fan of Miley’s music – though she does admit to dancing around to ‘Party in the USA’ – Mardee warmed to the star after the album Bangerz was released in 2013.

For her 20th birthday, Mardee decided to attend a Miley concert, which is where she met Billy Ray.

After being swamped by Miley fans throughout the night, her sister persuaded Mardee to start an Instagram account, where she initially posted weekly lookalike photos where she looked like the star.

Mardee Shackleford dresses as the singer Miley Cyrus

Mardee Shackleford dresses as the singer Miley Cyrus

Due to Miley’s popularity, interest in Mardee’s Instagram account naturally continued to grow.

She then entered a lookalike contest, in Chicago, which saw her bag $2,500 for her Miley-like appearance and routine.

But though she has such a striking resemblance to the star, Mardee insists she has only dressed to look like the star on ‘a handful of occasions.’

She added: “Other than those occasions we just seem to end up liking the same stuff.

“That doesn’t really surprise me, because we are pretty much the same age and live in the same state, so I think our styles are bound to be similar.

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“I am very into vintage clothing, and so I love a lot of the clothing that she wears.

“I also like that she is a very strong advocate for girl power.”

Mardee, who has seen Miley in Los Angeles and Chicago, said that she hopes to one day meet the star in person, and has tried on occasions in the past.

Her next approach will be to book front-row tickets to a Miley concert in the hope that she is spotted by the Wrecking Ball singer.

Despite being open to lookalike opportunities, Mardee said that she also finds it important to be her own person on social media too.

She enjoys modelling, painting, and hopes to design clothes for fashion shows in the future.

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Mardee Shackleford dresses as the singer Miley Cyrus

She said: “The response has been really surprising to me.

“I am glad I do it because I have really bonded well with a lot of people.

“I am also interested in sort of branding myself as a separate person to Miley.

“Though I post photos with my tongue out, that’s a pose I have been doing all my life and I am comfortable with.

“It seems like no matter what I post, whether it’s Miley-related or not, I will always get a comment from someone saying I look like her.”