THE Serbian singer who accused Kim Kardashian of copying HER style continues to attempt to silence critics who claim her bum is fake – by constantly showing off her wiggling butt.
In 2017 Jelena Karleusa went viral after posting a whole gallery of pictures of Kim with platinum blonde hair and wearing matching outfits to the 34-year-old’s own.
The ‘Serbian Kim Kardashian’ has been a singer for 20 years.
But, despite Kim’s seemingly endless army of copycats and lookalikes, Jelena insisted the American reality star was mimicking her style – and not the other way around.
And she didn’t stop there, Jelena later accused Kim’s little sister Kylie Jenner of copying her too.
Jelena has been in the music business for more than 20 years, and has 10 studio albums. She was even dubbed the ‘Gaga of Serbia’ by W magazine, back in 2013.
The singer looks incred at 41 years old.
Born 17 August 1978 she is a Serbian singer and television personality. Regarded as a pop icon and one of the leading figures in the regional music industry, she earned significant recognition and influence thanks to her provocative work, outspoken views and often reinvented fashion style, which often receive substantial media attention and occasionally spark controversy.
German magazine Focus referred to Karleuša as “Madonna of the Balkans”, while W magazine compared her to Lady Gaga. Karleuša is also the most followed Serbian woman on social media, including two million followers on Instagram.
Her mother, Divna Karleuša (25 January 1958 – 3 March 2019) was a host at Radio Belgrade, while her father, Dragan (1 January 1947), is a retired Captain of Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs, who notably led the investigation of the infamous Kosovo massacre of 1999 and took a part in the Operation Sablja in 2003. Karleuša graduated at Zemun Gymnasium, attended music school and was a member of a choir.
Throughout her career, she has attracted significant controversy, criticism, and media scrutiny for her appearance, which is often deemed edgy and over-sexualised, and for her outspoken views, specifically regarding other public figures and socioeconomic situation in Serbia.
In 2019, Karleuša also served as a subject of a master’s degree paper titled “Celebrity Diplomacy in the former Yugoslavia: Case Jelena Karleuša” at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science.
Regarded as a style icon, Karleuša has acquired significant foreign recognition through fashion over the years.
In 2015, she rose to international prominence after she’d accused Kim Kardashian, and then Beyoncé, of copying her fashion style, thus was featured on The Wendy Williams Show, among other media outlets from around the world, debating on her style and social media influence.
The following year, Kardashian praised Karleuša’s style in her Woman Crush Wednesday column, claiming that she heard of Jelena only after the media allegations.
In 2016, Karleuša also had an online dispute with Italian fashion designer Stefano Gabbana, who accused her of wearing fake Dolce & Gabbana pieces in the comment section beneath her Instagram post. After reaching Gabbana through messages, Karleuša assured him that the clothes on the questionable photo were bought at the official D&G store. Gabbana afterwards apologised to her and deleted the infamous comment.
At the beginning of 2016, she had another international media outlet when the 2015 Academy Award-winning documentary about Amy Winehouse falsely used unlicensed scenes from Jelena’s 2013 concert as ones of Winehouse’s last Belgrade performance. Karleuša initially planned to settle lawsuits against the creators for copyright infringement, but eventually gave up due to respect of the late singer.
She was one of the first Serbian celebrities to publicly support LGBT rights, thus considered a gay icon. Karleuša also advocates for animal rights and has collaborated with PETA in 2018.
She is noted for supporting various other causes during her career. Following the 2014 Southeast Europe floods, Karleuša supplied Serbian shelters with basic necessities for three days straight.
Same year her husband and her were one of the few regional celebrities who actually financially contributed to the ALS research after participating in the ice bucket challenge.
In 2015 she performed at Donna Ares’ charity concert for victims of cancer in Zetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo. In December 2018, Karleuša donated 100,000 RSD to VK Partizan for pool heating during winter seasons.
In September 2004, Karleuša got married to Bojan Karić, nephew of the controversial Serbian businessman Bogoljub Karić. However, the marriage last shortly, as they divorced after three months.
On June 28, 2008, she got married to Serbian 34 year old football player Duško Tošić. The couple have two daughters, Atina (2008) and Nika (2009). Both were born by Caesarean section on the same date, September 7.
Since 2016, Karleuša has identified as vegetarian transiting to vegan and also values strong atheistic beliefs.
At the beginning of 2019, she was accused of having an affair with Bosnian footballer Ognjen Vranješ, who stated that himself even though he was married at the time. The scandal erupted when alleged nude pictures of Karleuša surfaced and were placed on the cover of every tabloid in Serbia. Karleuša firmly denied these allegations via her Twitter account claiming that those images had been photoshopped.
Karleuša herself initiated 160 criminal charges against Vranješ and mentioned newspapers for organised and continuous media lynch, defamations, photomontages and attack on her family’s dignity, reputation and honour.
Following the incident, in October 2019, Olympiacos supporters dropped a banner of support for Karleuša during a match at the Karaiskakis Stadium against AEK Athens, for which Vranješ plays.
She is estimated to have a net worth of $40 million. Her husband Dusko Tosic has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million, mostly earned through his football career. Further, his current weekly wage is assumed at $14,811 which is equal to $770,187 per annum as salary from his present club.