Dan Clay stumbled upon internet fame by paying homage to his favourite TV show.
Also known as Carrie Dragshaw, Dan recreates Carrie Bradshaw’s classic looks from Sex and the City and posts them on his Instagram account, which he captions using Carrie’s all-too-familiar tone. The posts are insanely popular and have gained him 100,000 followers.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Announcing “Dear Carrie” – A new column for your questions in life and love. “…because not all wonderers are lost.” Link in bio for this week’s questions, including: Should I be open to an open relationship? Can you ever forgive a cheater? How can I be more productive? And more, including this one, which takes inspo from the pic above (YES, I made that skirt out of tape. And YES, I’m holding my @latimes profile). Ok, here we go… ———— Dear Carrie: I just broke up with my boyfriend of four years. My question is, how do you mend a broken heart? I just feel like I'll never love again.💔 Sadly, on the road to love, sometimes you're left out in the rain. As I thought about an achy-breaky-heart during a record-breaking storm, I couldn't help but wonder: What happens when the man you thought was your umbrella turns out to be your rain cloud? And if one love leaves you soaked, are you courageous or crazy to try again? If at first you don't succeed, cry, cry again. A wise redhead once said, "The sun will come out tomorrow." But sometimes you have to part the clouds yourself. Given your four years, I'll offer four tips that have helped me when my heart got caught in a storm. 1. Let yourself be sad. Charlotte says it takes half the total time of the relationship to get over a guy, but I say: deadlines are for cable bills and newspaper columns. Let yourself feel and take the time you need. A watched pot never boils, but a neglected heart never heals. 2. Fall in love with yourself, all over again. Sometimes in a "we" we lose sight of "me," so take time to reconnect with a passion that makes you happy. Read. Write. Run. Dance. Rediscover what makes you "you." 3. Hold your friends close. Any time you think of him, send a text to them. Sometimes a "Hello" is all you need to stop thinking about that "Goodbye." 4. Remember why you're fabulous. Write it down. And remind yourself all the time that a broken heart doesn't mean you're broken. After all, love hurts–but love, heals, too. And there's a light in everyone who's looking for love. Keep it bright. It's how the good ones find each other. #CarrieDragshaw 💖 Link in Bio for more “Dear Carrie.”
Meanwhile downtown, I debuted my Naked Dress. In a tucked away Chinese restaurant, instead of Prada I wore nada. In the Garden of Eatin’, I was Adam without Yves. I started thinking about vulnerability. Is there anything scarier than daring to be seen? Taking off the armor it takes to get through the day and exposing yourself to the world? And it’s one thing to reveal your body, but could I ever do it with my soul? It turns out you don’t have to be General Tso to be chicken. I couldn’t help but wonder: When it comes to emotions, is all exposure indecent? Are we all afraid of our naked truth? Afraid our “real me,” with all its imperfections and wild emotions, will be disappointing…so we dress it up in masks and hide it under layers. Maybe authenticity is like an overcrowded sample sale: Scary at first, but full of rewards if you have the courage to dig deep. After all, it’s only the ones brave enough to reveal their truth who ever truly find belonging. It’s only the ones courageous enough to risk failure who ever truly find success. And it’s only the ones daring enough to expose their hearts who ever truly find love. Maybe the real key to your heart is not keeping it locked up. And maybe life’s bravest dare is simply to live your truth. #CarrieDragshaw
Dan’s fame came by accident. In 2016, he dressed in drag as Carrie for Halloween and the post went viral. He now recreates the looks using vintage shopping and his own DIY skills.
We couldn’t help but wonder, how does Sarah Jessica Parker feel about Dan’s creations?
“If you look at Dan’s Instagram page, it’s kind of staggering what he does,” she told Andy Cohen during an appearance on his show.”
In life, it’s not always easy to tell dreams from reality. Sometimes you’re dreaming and it feels like you’re there, and sometimes you’re there and it feels like a dream. Sometimes fiction is so real it feels like life, and sometimes life is so farfetched it feels like you’re watching a fairytale. I couldn’t help but wonder: In matters of the heart, are we ever really in charge? Or are we destined to just Watch What Happens, Live? Maybe when you can’t believe your eyes…you have to trust your heart. After all, we so often live in our heads, but maybe we dream with our hearts. And days feel unreal when you’re dancing to the beat of love. In dreams, we get to fly through cities, and float through clouds, and walk through walls. We get to meet a queen, and maybe even become one. But I had a thought: Why wait to fall asleep before you try to fly? And why wait to die before you get to heaven? Maybe if you follow your heart, you can dream yourself awake. Dream big, dream little, dream quiet, dream loud, dream in, dream out, dream early, dream late—but whatever you do, dream. #CarrieDragshaw
It’s safe to say she’s a fan.