If we are going to imitate anyone they need to be worth our approval as a follower. Paul says, in 1 Corinthians 11:1, that we need to imitate him because he, himself, makes a sincere effort to imitate Jeses. If we are going to imitate anyone they need to be living the Truth of God's Word out in their life.
Margarine is suppose to be imitation butter. The fact is that it is one molecule away from plastic. Imitation vanilla is as far from vanilla you can get. It is made from beaver anal glands. Give me some vanilla beans and a bottle of vodka.
Now that I have grossed everyone out let's set this as a bearing for the year. Their are people out there that sound good and look good but are not the real thing or following the Real One. They have let pride take root in their hearts. Some have made it all about them. They know better than you as to what is best for your life. Some if you don't do what you say to do they will kick you out from their church. I have seen this happen with a couple friends. One it almost destroyed their relationship with Jesus. It took several of us to assure that is not at all what Jesus is like.
So if we are going to imitate someone we need to make sure they are imitating Jesus and Him alone.