An American woman posing as R+B beauty Beyonce Knowles has been taking advantage of the DESTINY'S CHILD singer's status to collect free gifts from fashion retailers.

The sneaky impersonator recently telephoned trendy footwear designer HOLLY DUNLAP's HOLLYWOULD store in a bid to fool the fashionista into sending her a free pair of shoes, according to gossip site PAGESIX.COM.

Dunlap nearly fell for the pretend popstar's pleas, which included praising the Hollywould shoes worn by "my friend Halle Berry".

But the caller was caught out when she claimed to be in Houston - as Dunlap discovered the real Beyonce was in Dubai at the time of the call.

19/05/2005 17:36