Fashion is a fast-moving industry, so when celebrities are caught wearing the same thing—say Kim Kardashian, Hailey Baldwin, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s teddy coat, for example—it’s usually within a couple months of each other. Trends move quickly, so if one celebrity is on-trend, chances are that a dozen others are as well.
However, what typically doesn’t happen is a celebrity wearing a 2-year-old dress that has been photographed to death on another celebrity, and then doing a photoshoot in their house in the said gown for their Instagram followers. And yet that’s exactly what happened last week when Ashanti was caught wearing Kylie Jenner‘s iconic Met Gala 2016 dress for an impromptu photoshoot in her Beverly Hills mansion.
On Friday, the 37-year-old singer gifted her followers with two Instagram of her wearing a body-hugging, jewel-studded gown with bedazzled shoulder pads and stomach cutouts. She tagged the pictures, which were of her leaning against a rail in her house, with “#sayless,” referencing her 2017 single with Ty Dolla $ign.
While Ashanti looked like a literal fire emoji, per usual, fans couldn’t help but notice that the dress looked a little—OK, a lot—familiar. Immediately, Instagram accounts like The Shade Room pointed out that the “Foolish” was wearing the same Balmain dress that Kylie wore to the 2016 Met Gala.
Though the women looked almost identical in the head-to-toe bejeweled gown, there were a few key styling differences. Instead of Kylie’s chic, stick-straight bob, Ashanti wore her hair long and down her back. Likewise, instead of Kylie’s smaller, more subtle earrings, Ashanti went big with huge, diamond-studded hoops, complimenting the gems on her dress.
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#TSRBishStoleMyLook : #Ashanti and #KylieJenner face-off this early morning in almost identical dresses. Kylie stepped out in #Balmain for the 2016 #MetGala while Shan-Shan posed in a similar dress. Ashanti chose to pair the dress with long tresses, while Kylie kept it short and sweet. You know they both rocked it but we only have one crown to give hunty! Who gets it? @gettyimages #FashionIsASport
Of course, as always, there’s no reason for the “Who Wore It Better?” discussion. Both women slayed in the gown and made it her own. Ashanti was two years late, but hey, better late than never. We’ll check back in in two years to see if she’s stolen anything else from Kylie’s closet.