TikTok’s Jacinda Ardern Impersonator Just Met The NZ PM

Ready for some wholesome news to start your week? Comedian and TikTok Jacinda Ardern impersonator Melanie Bracewell just met her biggest fan and idol… the New Zealand Prime Minister. This is like the blessed version of our own Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s reaction to TikToks parodying him.

On the 31st of March, Bracewell released a video of herself as Jacinda Ardern. After various people compared her in the comments to the beloved PM, the Kiwi comedian said “fuck it,” and began contouring her nose and cheeks, pulling her hair back into a ponytail, putting on a rose red lipstick, black shirt and teal blazer, and making some classic Ardern facial expressions. 

@meladoodle

all your important level 3 questions answered #newzealand

♬ Surrender – Natalie Taylor
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this was way more difficult than I thought it would be #jacindaardern #nz

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Her videos have quickly become one of the good things to come out of this pandemic—alongside Ardern’s endearing and genuinely amazing response to the crisis, ofc—and not only are people on TikTok aware of it, but the Prime Minister of New Zealand herself.

Over the weekend, Bracewell shared a video as the one and only Jacinda Ardern admitting that she loved taking selfies with fans… before inviting actual irl Jacinda Ardern into the photo. With a giant grin, the real Ardern shyly introduces herself—”What’s your name?” “Jacinda.” “Oh lovely, nice to meet you.” “Oh thanks, you too.” “Okay that’s enough.”—and clearly fangirls in front of her impersonator. 

Then, days later, Bracewell was at the airport and heard someone shout out “Melanie.” Assuming it was someone who recognised her from TikTok, she turned around, only to discover the voice came from the one true Ardern. 

“This woman keeps following me,” she jokingly tweeted with a selfie of her and her biggest fan. “Truly a wild thing to hear someone call “Melanie” at the airport and assume it’s a fan and then it’s actually the Prime Minister of New Zealand.”

And, as always, we love to see it and simply, truly, honestly, as a matter of factly, have no choice but to stan.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.