Shelly-Ann's Doppelganger? Popular American media outlet mistakes Jamaica's track star Fraser-Pryce for Abby Phillip

Shelly-Ann's Doppelganger? Popular American media outlet mistakes Jamaica's track star Fraser-Pryce for Abby Phillip

Funmilayo Fameso 16:41 - 27.01.2024

Is Abby Phillip a clone of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce? Well, TMZ thinks so as their viral post got people talking here's why they can't be blamed for the mistake.

Popular American media firm TMZ has made recent news for mistakenly naming CNN anchor Abby Phillip as Jamaica's track legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.  

Dressed in denim, Fraser-Pryce was among the star-studded guests that attended the Bob Marley One Love movie premier at the Carib 5 theatre in Cross Roads, St Andrew in Jamaica. 

While reporting the news on their social media platforms, TMZ mistook the Jamaican five-time world champion as Phillip in their posts.

TMZ's post on Shelly-Ann Fraser--Pryce attending Bob Marley's movie premier

This error has gone viral for several reasons, not just because TMZ couldn't recognize one of the fastest female athletes in history but because people can see the resemblance between both ladies.

There have been several cases of individuals coincidentally finding their doppelgangers, and that between Fraser-Pryce and Phillip is a prime example, as there's little or no difference when put beside each other.

Also, both women are established, famous, and successful in their fields, so a popular means of differentiating them at first glance will likely lead to an error.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Abby Phillip

TMZ may have made an innocent mistake, but now people are drawn to finding out who the gorgeous women are and have planted the seed of perhaps both women meeting each other someday.

Who is Abba Phillip?

As stated earlier, she is a CNN anchor and a senior political correspondent who anchors CNN NewsNight. Phillip previously worked for Politico covering the Obama White House, The Washington Post as a national political reporter, and ABC News as a digital reporter for politics.

Abby Phillip

The 35-year-old is of Afro-Trinidadian descent and is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, after originally intending to study pre-med. 

Phillip lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Marcus Richardson, a cybersecurity consultant. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's GOAT legacy as a track athlete

The Jamaican speedster is one of the most enduring track athletes in history, with her career spanning over a decade and a half, from the late 2000s till date. Her success on the track, including her consistency at major championships, helped usher in the golden age of female Jamaican sprinting.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in her photoshoot for Richard Mille brand

In the 100m, her signature event, she is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and a five-time world champion. While in the 200 m, she has gold and silver at the World Championships, in addition to an Olympic silver medal.

Fraser-Pryce has a career accumulation of eight Olympic and sixteen World Championships medals, making her one of the most decorated athletes in history.

© Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Budapest

She will be gunning for more medals at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and perhaps cap off an iconic career.