Yna Sertalf, 23, who originates from Martinique in the West Indies, but lives in France, realised she looked like the Barbadian singer after her uncle pointed out her likeness to the beauty when she was just a teenager.
The resemblance is so striking her mum once mistook a photo of Rihanna, 31, on a magazine cover for her daughter.
Although the French lookalike is quick to correct fans when she is ‘noticed’, she has insisted looking like one of the world’s most beautiful women has its drawbacks.
Yna has been single for more than a year after being put off men who refuse to look beyond her looks, and she fears many just date her as she looks like Riri.
Luckily she finds the comparisons funny, and even jokes she is the ‘fatter’ Rihanna.
Yna said: ‘I’ve been single for about a year, but I would never put myself in a relationship with someone who sees me as ‘Rihanna’ and not ‘Yna’.
Although Yna has never directly compared herself to Rihanna on her social media, Yna’s 23,000 followers constantly leave comments comparing her and tagging the Work singer in nearly every photo.
One social media user, wrote: ‘U look just like Rihanna omg.’
Another gushed: ‘She looks like Rihanna more than Rihanna looks like herself.’
While a third simply said: ‘Drop the album.’