Teenage girl claims she was beaten up for looking like Taylor Swift

18-year-old professional Taylor Swift impersonator allegedly attacked for her resemblance to the pop star

Published May 23, 2013 10:00PM (EDT)

In what must be one of the more bizarre teen bullying incidents in recent news, 18-year-old professional Taylor Swift look-alike Xenna Kristian has "suffered bruising and a suspected broken jaw after she was allegedly pulled from her chair by her ponytail and repeatedly kicked," reports news.com.au, claiming that she was targeted due to her resemblance to pop star Taylor Swift.

Kristian is a student at Walford and North Shropshire College in England but earns money as a Taylor Swift impersonator -- a fact that her classmates recently discovered.

"Some girls at college had started making nasty comments, but it escalated really quickly," she told the Daily Mail. "'The girl came up behind me and dragged me off my chair by my pony tail, then started kicking me in the face."

Kristian's mother said that "Xenna has never got into a fight or even a scrape before, but she's been getting some remarks since she started the Taylor Swift look-alike thing."

Unlike the real Taylor Swift, however, Kristian doesn't have a 24-hour security detail following her around to protect her from bullies or -- in Swift's case -- "the guys who write and say they want to chain me up in their basements."

Local police told news.au they would not comment on the attack, saying only: "We have received a report that a teenage girl was assaulted on King Street, however we cannot comment further at this time."

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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