A well-liked American etiquette knowledgeable has earned 1000’s of loyal followers for her etiquette courses, bestselling books, and Instagram web page — however she was shocked to study that a type of followers was covertly stealing her content material and reposting it as her personal.
Myka Meier, New York Plaza Lodge’s etiquette teacher and the founding father of Beaumont Etiquette, is understood for posting enjoyable movies the place she demonstrates Do’s and Don’ts of desk manners and different well mannered habits.
However when she lately started fielding questions on her so-called ‘understudy,’ Myka discovered that she had a copycat on the opposite facet of the globe: a Center Jap girl together with her personal etiquette college who has been recreating all of Myka’s movies and passing them off as her personal.
Uncovered! Myka Meier (left) , the etiquette teacher for the Plaza Lodge in New York, often shares etiquette recommendations on Instagram — however observed that she now has a copycat (proper)
About six months in the past, Myka (pictured) began receiving messages about her ‘understudy’ who was posting near-identical content material
She discovered that Farno Rezaei-Farsse (pictured), who runs the Center East-based Fars College of Etiquette, was ‘replicating my Instagram account and classes from my e book’
Myka’s etiquette suggestions have appeared on TV and in her books, ‘Modern Etiquette Made Easy: A Five-Step Method to Mastering Etiquette’ and ‘Enterprise Etiquette Made Simple: The Important Information to Skilled Success’.
Final yr, she spoke to DailyMail.com concerning the signature positions that members of the royal household revert to once they’re within the public eye, and beforehand detailed an important manners to teach children.
But it surely seems, another person making financial institution off of her success.
Farno Rezaei-Farsse additionally payments herself as an etiquette consultants and runs the Turkey-based Fars College of Etiquette, the place she guarantees to show shoppers about social etiquette, together with eating, fashion, and afternoon tea customs in English tradition.
However whereas she could design her personal curriculum for the non-public programs she teaches, she hardly seems to be dreaming up unique content material for social media.
Myka (left) is understood for her cute movies through which she silently reveals the appropriate and incorrect strategy to do issues, like stir a scorching drink
Myka (left) observed that Farno (proper) poses almost an identical movies after she does, generally inside hours
A few of Myka’s hottest posts are her quick tutorial movies that train the appropriate and incorrect strategy to do one thing in a matter of seconds.
In previous clips, Myka has demonstrated how girls ought to exit a automotive (to keep away from revealing something they do not need to), what to do with a used serviette on the finish of a meal (fold it subsequent to the plate, do not crumple it on high), and how you can eat shared dip on a desk.
And Farno, it appears, was fairly impressed by these movies.
A number of of her movies provide the identical actual suggestions offered in the identical actual approach. Farno seems to have studied Myka’s actions gestures, and replicates each — together with the way in which Myka smiles and wags her finger again after demonstrating the ‘incorrect’ strategy to do one thing.
Sometimes, Farno even seems to duplicate Myka’s outfits, just like the time she wore a black and white checkered look to point out how you can bend down to select up one thing that is been dropped — identical to the black and white checkered look Myka wore to display the identical tip.
The best way to: Sometimes, Farno even replicates Myka’s outfits, just like the time she wore a black and white checkered appear to be this one to point out how you can bend down to select one thing up
Fashion inspo: Farno (pictured) not solely gave the identical tip and demonstrated it with the identical motions, she additionally wore the same outfit
Myka, who skilled in Switzerland and in London underneath a former member of employees of Her Majesty the Queen, stated that she finds Farno’s habits humorous however misleading
In a single video, Farno replicates Myka’s tip and gestures — and likewise provides an animates a line underneath her teacup, just like the arrow Myka animated on her video
In some circumstances, she’s uploaded her personal video inside hours of Myka sharing the unique content material.
Myka, who skilled in Switzerland and in London underneath a former member of employees of Her Majesty the Queen, stated that she finds Farno’s habits humorous however misleading.
‘It’s baffling and barely humorous after I submit and solely hours later it’s reproduced with out acknowledging the place it got here from. Good etiquette is about being form and respectful, so it’s simply ironic,’ she advised DailyMail.com.
She defined that she first observed she had a copycat about six months in the past when others introduced it to her consideration.
‘I began receiving an outpouring of messages saying I had an impersonator who was replicating my Instagram account and classes from my e book, solely with subtitles in one other language,’ she defined.
‘Folks began asking if she was my understudy.
‘It’s baffling and barely humorous after I submit and solely hours later it’s reproduced with out acknowledging the place it got here from,’ Myka advised DailyMail.com
Myka is sad that Farno is ‘monetizing off individuals considering they had been receiving an training from somebody they thought was affiliated with me’
‘At first I used to be flattered, however then I noticed she was monetizing off individuals considering they had been receiving an training from somebody they thought was affiliated with me, when the reality is I’ve by no means met or spoken to this particular person.’
Myka stated she tried to contact Farno about stealing her content material however received no reply.
‘After I politely reached out to her instantly by way of Instagram DM, she didn’t reply and blocked me,’ she stated.
Her crew additionally contacted Instagram’s mental property and copyright division, however sadly, Instagram stated there was nothing they may do since Farno shouldn’t be actually posting Myka’s posts.
‘It is stunning as a result of they provide public figures the verified badge so individuals cannot fake to be you, however then once more, apparently they will,’ she stated.
‘I simply really feel dangerous that so many individuals have been tricked. I like my college students world wide and really feel terrible for these deceived.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Farno for remark.