Remember The Human Barbie Doll? Here’s What She’s Up To Now!
Since its debut in 1959 as a toy fashion doll, Barbie has cemented itself as a cornerstone of young girls’ lives all around the world and continues to be revered as a cultural icon and symbol of femininity. However, Barbie has also been the center of much controversy, having been criticized by some for its embodiment of inhumane beauty and perfection as well as the self-esteem issues resulting from a young girl who strives to attain the Barbie look but fails to do so. However, a Ukrainian woman is living proof that you can, in fact, become what was once believed to be humanly impossible – the human Barbie.
This woman has fashioned herself in image and likeness after the infamous doll, bearing similarities that seem downright unconscionable. Yet, the questions beg themselves; how much of a resemblance is there between the two barbies? How did she achieve such a feat? Who is the human Barbie and how does she spend her time? Shockingly enough, she is not relegated to looking for her human Ken, nor does she live in a plastic, made-up world. Keep reading to find out how this human Barbie lives her life.
Before The Human Barbie, There Was Valeria Lukyanova
Although she grew up in the Eastern-European country of Ukraine, Valeria Lukyanova is originally from Moldova, another Eastern-European country which happens to share multiple borders with Ukraine. Her childhood was nothing short of conventional. Like almost all young girls, she was a doll-lover, so much so that by the end of her formative years, she had accumulated an impressive collection of dolls.
Valeria Lukyanova – Before It All Changed
Most girls spend their childhood playing with their dolls by dressing them in outlandish skirts and dresses, assembling their doll houses or creating makeshift weddings between them and other action figures. However, Valeria was no ordinary young girl. From a tender age, she was transfixed by her dolls’ perfect body shape and flawless appearance. Since her childhood, her enchantment with dolls eventually morphed into a long-life dream which Valeria aimed to fulfill.
A Normal Beginning
As a child, Valeria Lukyanova had a fairly typical childhood. Born and raised in Moldova to a father who worked as a builder and occasional DJ and to a mother who was employed in the Russian army, Valeria was a pretty girl who became a naturally beautiful woman.
An Inspirational Father
Her father’s unconventional professional life influenced Valeria even as a child growing up to carve her own path, irrespective of how unorthodox it may seem.
A Change of Scenery
Secure in the knowledge that she may pursue whatever life she wanted, in 2014, Valeria Lukyanova elected to move to another country. What would have caused her to make such a decision? In early 2014, Russian militants forcefully infiltrated the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, seizing infrastructure and key locations in the territory. Therefore, in the wake of political turmoil and tension, as well as a seemingly imminent outbreak of war, Valeria decided to flee Ukraine in search of a more peaceful territory. She opted to move from Ukraine to Mexico, a Central-American territory with a rife plastic surgery industry. Did living in Mexico somehow influence Valeria’s decision to alter her appearance and become the Barbie that she is today?
The Need To Be Different
Valeria grew up in a household with two parents who loved her dearly, but she knew that she could not live her life like her parents. She watched them struggle to take care of herself and her sister, her father having to take up two jobs. Maybe seeing the hardship of her parents spurred within Valeria the desire to secure an unconventional job; something that was very different from what her parents were doing. She had to carve her own path and become her own person. Therefore, she sought to become a model. She was, after all, a beautiful woman. How difficult could it be?
It must be emphasized that Valeria Lukyanova was a real crowd-pleaser even before her drastic transformation into the Human Barbie. She had a beauty that would make most people stop and admire her for her natural elegance and beauty. As a testament to her beauty, in 2007, she won the title “Miss Diamond Crown of World”. While she may have already had a few surgeries to enhance her look, for the most part, she still had a natural look: her flawless lips still shaped themselves into a cute pout, her eyes adorned with femininely flattering eyelashes, and her healthy, blonde hair cascading past her shoulders down to her back. Still, no one would have expected her obsession with dolls as a child to change the course of her life forever.
How It All Began
When she first began getting publicity, she denied having any surgeries to enhance her physical appearance. However, when she underwent her transformation from Valeria Lukyanova to The Human Barbie, she subjected her body to a multitude of physical enhancements which were too evident to the naked eye to even try to deny. It is claimed that she initially began her journey to the perfect body by having breast implants. While getting implants is a fairly standard procedure, Valeria decided to take it up a notch. What was her next big alteration?
Was It Genes, Or Surgery?
As unbelievable as it may seem, Valeria Lukyanova actually denied having any surgical alterations to enhance her physical appearance. She attributed her new figure as the result of an uncanny combination of superior genes, strict dieting, and rigorous workout routines.
Can’t Fool The Public
However, people were not that easily fooled. Biologically, it is extremely rare and perhaps even impossible for a woman of her body proportions and height to achieve a waist measuring 19 inches. Even the most renown supermodels in the world would never profess to have such a small waist. With no other plausible cause, it was evident that Valeria had undergone a series of surgeries to change her physique.
Designing Her Body To Perfection
Someone with a stomach as flat as Valeria’s would have ribs poking out conspicuously through her belly. Some persons believe that she had had some of her ribs removed in order to achieve such a level of thinness while simultaneously avoiding the visible drawbacks of having all her ribs intact. To support this claim, they reference some of her beach-shots demonstrating her semi-naked body. They highlight her sizeable breasts being seemingly unsupported due to an absence of upper ribs, as well as her waist which curves into her body, eventually forming her hips.
What Does She Do To Get Her Body Like That?
Despite the fact that she obviously does not have a natural appearance, no amount of plastic surgery she may have had can maintain such a body. She clearly needs to follow some type of dieting or training plan to keep her shape intact. What is her regimen like?
It Starts With Good Dieting
Valeria Lukyanova has stated on several occasions that she eats very small portions of food, most of which tend to be in liquid form. She is also highly particular as to what she consumes, eliminating several types of food from her diet.
And Ends With A Good Workout
In addition to dieting, Valeria also maintains her figure by following a strict workout regimen. She restrains herself from both eating and drinking for as much as a few hours after doing her workouts. As extreme as such a lifestyle may seem, Valeria Lukyanova attempted to push the boundaries of her anatomy in order to keep her body as perfect as possible.
She Becomes A Breatharian
All supermodels are very particular with what they eat. They tend to avoid eating carbohydrates, excessive sugars, and meats, all of which tend to have adverse effects on the body. Valeria, on the other hand, decided to take things a step further. Albeit brief, she tried following the life of a breatharian. Simply put, breatharians attempt to live off of sunlight and air. Needless to say, Valeria’s stint as a breatharian did not last very long. Surprisingly, she still wants to try the lifestyle again. Then again, based on her history of self-transformation, nothing which Valeria tries should even remotely surprise anyone.
Avoiding The Sun’s Rays
As mentioned previously, a breatharian’s diet consists of sunlight and air. Valeria has claimed to survive only on air, a claim which defies known science, as almost all organisms which are known to man require some percentage of sunlight to survive, especially human beings. She claims that photos with her lounging on the beach soaking up the sun’s rays are merely for show. She strives to maintain her smooth skin complexion by avoiding the sun’s rays.
The Real Deal – Well, Not Quite
In the past, Valeria unabatedly postulated that her body was 100% authentic and that she had had neither plastic surgery nor breast augmentations: that her body was perfect naturally. As she got under more scrutiny from the public, she finally confessed to having had her breasts surgically modified in order for them to look bigger. More and more, she admitted to having subjected her body to even more surgical procedures, although she quickly swore in an interview that she would have no longer undergone any more plastic surgeries.
Despite her clearly unnatural appearance, Valeria Lukyanova has tried to encourage women to embrace their natural features and imperfections. She has posted several photos of herself on her Instagram in which she alleges to not have applied any makeup, nor to have applied a filter to the photos to alter their image. Actually, one of her posts on Instagram featured a caption which promoted natural beauty, one in which she argued that anyone who had perfect features like her need not wear makeup to look good, as they look good naturally.
With all the attention she has received all around the world for her features, it comes as no surprise that Valeria’s family has also been thrust into the limelight. Of particular interest is her younger sister, Olga Lukyanova. Just like her older sister, Olga is quite a beauty, although her beauty is strikingly different from Valeria’s beauty. Olga appears to have more natural and authentic beauty in comparison to her older counterpart. Unlike Valeria who rarely grins, let alone smiles, Olga has been seen flashing award-winning smiles. She is, without a doubt, a sibling who is unafraid to express herself. Keep reading to find out how vocal Olga can be when she has something to say.
How Her Sister Inspired Her
Olga Lukyanova has stated that she used to model herself after her sister and truly wanted to be just like her. This comes as no surprise since younger sisters tend to look up to their older sisters as examples as to how they should act. When seen together, despite the alterations which Valeria has done to her body, the two sisters look amazingly alike: almost a mirror image of each other. Despite Olga’s attempts to follow in her sister’s footsteps and become the second Human Barbie, her road was not as smooth as her sister’s.
Be Yourself, Be Authentically You
As of late, Olga has explained that she no longer attempts to follow in her sister’s footsteps in becoming the next Human Barbie. She prefers to view her sister “as an example.” Though she did not elaborate on what example her sister serves, she did state that she abhors the fact that her sister is categorized as a barbie. She believes that a Barbie should be associated “with an unintelligent person.” She further states that her older sister has much more to offer than a pretty body and face. Valeria, on the other hand, has a different take on how she is perceived by the world.
Perfection Is Still Far Away
Everyone is flawed. That is a fact which has been drummed into everyone’s head from birth. Yet, Valeria has her own perception of what perfection is. She opines that “perfection has no limitations.” With that as her philosophy, Valeria Lukyanova does relegate herself to being basic. She constantly strives for perfection, achieving Barbiesque beauty with her stunning makeup and composed demeanor. Having said that, she does admit that her seemingly never-ending journey to perfection is an exhausting one. It also does not help that she has the added pressure of the world following her every footstep.
The Weight Of Perfection
Despite the glamour and recognition which fame brings to celebrities, fame is also a heavy burden which has led to the demise of many celebrities. The pressure of having your life followed and documented by the entire world is difficult to handle for any human being. Valeria has commented on how fame has negatively affected her, sharing that it pains her to know that she is seen as a doll and not as a human being. Although she welcomes compliments about her physique and beauty, she does not want her identity to be defined exclusively by her physical appearance. Furthermore, not all who follow her have nice things to say to her. She has been heavily criticized by some on social media and has regrettably been attacked right in the comfort of her own home.
No One Is Safe
The night of Halloween in 2014 seemed like any other night. However, it was that very same night that, in Odessa, Valeria Lukyanova was walking to her house when her worst nightmare became a reality. She was violently attacked by two muggers near her home. The attackers strangled and punched her senselessly, and would have probably killed her had it not been for the intervention of a sharp-eyed neighbor who quickly came to Valeria’s rescue. She was immediately brought to a hospital where her wounds were treated. She later remarked that it “happened so fast”, giving her no time to even react. The saddest part is that she has received physical threats in the past. Those, added to the slew of critical jabs thrown at her from people all over the world, can be extremely difficult to deal with.
To Be Real
Naturally, Valeria had already prepared herself to confront the many questions, comments, and concerns about her physical appearance which people would have thrown her way. In this world where perfection seems elusive, to be presented with someone who has seemingly transcended irrealistic beauty expectations will raise alarm-bells for people throughout the world. That said, people do not censor their critiques against the Human Barbie, often times maliciously hoping to cause Valeria serious emotional distress with their harmful words. They look passed her surgeries and attack her as a person. Thankfully, Valeria knows how to deal with negative people.
Valeria Lukyanova and The Media
All people in the international spotlight have a love-hate relationship with the media. On one hand, the media is responsible for broadcasting everything about a celebrity, which can act as great publicity depending on the nature of work a celebrity does. Sadly, on the other hand, media outlets tend to publicize untrue gossip and negative rumors about celebrities. Valeria Lukyanova has not been fortunate enough to escape the media’s negative gaze. Yet she does not deal with the media in a passive manner. On many occasions, she has used her social media platforms to respond to some of the erroneous claims made by media houses. However, Valeria soon learned that media houses weren’t the only group of people from whom she must endure negative comments.
Despite all the benefits which the Internet has brought to the modern era in the form of easy access to information and breaking the boundaries of communication throughout the world, some have used it to wreak havoc against others. Coupled with rare beauty and an abnormal appearance, Valeria Lukyanova was not spared from cyberbullying. She claims to have received every insult possible, from people criticizing her voice to her body type. Yet, Valeria is a soldier, with skin as tough as steel. She is resistant to these hurtful comments and has actually found a way to have a positive outlook on them.
Nothing But Love For You
Valeria Lukyanova is in every sense of the word, extreme. She considers herself to be an “energy vampire”, which is, in other words, a person who, instead of being hurt by negative comments, flourishes off them, using them to propel her even further along her journey. A true optimist, she enjoys seeing the bright side of any situation, no matter how negative it may appear. She has even responded directly to some of the negativity, at one point taking to social media to claim that she did not have any of her ribs removed. That said, Lukyanova does not harbor any hard feelings for her haters.
Despite the harsh criticisms she has endured, Valeria does not hate the people who throw them her way. Instead, her dream is that everybody “be happy”, adding that one way that her haters will achieve this is by preoccupying themselves with their lives instead of giving her’s so much attention. Valeria’s peaceful approach comes as no surprise when you take into account that she is very much in touch with her spirituality. Surely, someone who has gained inner peace through meditation on the universe will promote peace, love, and unity everywhere he or she goes, not so? Whatever the case may be, Valeria Lukyanova is making statements on several topics.
Throwback To Her Teenage Years
Looking at photos of Valeria Lukyanova as a teenager, some might say that she was already so naturally beautiful that she had had no need to make any alterations. In any event, her teenage years were as typical as any other teenager’s: marked with a need to discover self, which led to unorthodox experimentation. Before she became the Human Barbie, Valeria deemed herself a witch, adorning herself in black outfits. This is quite a contrast to her appearance today, isn’t it? As unbelievable as that might be, as she got older, Valeria began adopting even stranger belief systems.
At some point in one’s life, one must have considered, albeit for a fraction of a second, the possibility of life outside our planet Earth. Valeria was no exception, although her eccentric and radical approach to life will indicate that she took her thoughts a little further than most would. Valeria appeared in a video titled Space Barbie done by VICE, a media house, in which she denounced being human. She claimed to have been a being from another world sent to Earth to teach human beings a few lessons. As to what those lessons are, she has not clarified. Although, credit must be given to Valeria for her belief system: at least she is steadfast in her faith and has a sense of belonging – as to how warped those may be, that’s for another show.
Venus – Goddess Of Love
Venus, the Goddess of Love, was a central figure of Roman mythology who also held sovereignty over beauty and desire, amongst other domains. Unsurprisingly, due to her beauty, comparisons have been drawn between Valeria and Venus. Perhaps this is why she claims to hail not from Earth, rather from another sister planet in our Solar System, Venus. However, when pressed by some to explain what would cause her to believe something like that, her memory fails her, and she cannot clearly remember anything surrounding her otherworldly life. She does, however, profess to have otherworldly powers. Even as a young girl, she claims to have repeatedly seen visions of swirling spirals. It has even been reported that her mother used chalk to trace a circle around her bed, some believing it to be an attempt to keep supernatural forces away from her daughter.
The Universe Is Out To Get Me
It must also be mentioned that another skill which Valeria Lukyanova claims to have is a heightened awareness of her surroundings. She has reported that as a child, this skill enabled her to see spiral shapes which unceasingly tortured her by dancing around her. As a result, she lost a lot of sleep as a child, unable to deal with the enchanted entities taunting her. However, she remained resilient. She eventually managed to defeat these otherworldly creatures by sheer mind power. By willing her mind to conform to her needs, she was able to put a stop to the spirals. It was from such a tender age that Valeria Lukyanova understood that she had the power to control her own destiny.
Lessons That Will Last A Lifetime
Thanks to the lessons she learned as a child, Valeria opted to carve her own destiny by creating the perfect body as well as the perfect spirit. This may have seemed an impossible task for a human, but because she believes that she belongs to another form of life, she did not see herself as being bound by human flaws.
A Living Goddess
She aims to transcend humanity by completely connecting with the spirit, and she hopes to assist others whole wish to embark on the same quest. It is her faith in spirituality which leads Valeria to believe that she need not consume either food or drink in order to subsist.
An Example For Others
Wholeheartedly believing herself to be a messenger from Venus who has been sent to Earth to impart knowledge on human beings, Valeria considers herself a guru of spirituality who has to share her knowledge with the rest of the world. It is for this reason that Valeria has written a book about spirituality. The book is named “Astral Travel Amatue”. Her hope by publishing this book is that persons may be enlightened about anything related to spirituality. Leaving no stone unturned, Valeria has uploaded a free copy of her book on her website so that persons who may not be able to purchase her book may still reap the benefits of her knowledge. But what is it that she professes to have uncovered about spirituality?
Body And Soul
As the name of her book suggests, one of the topics Valeria discusses at length in her piece is the concept of astral traveling. Simply put, astral traveling means traveling the cosmos with one’s soul, while simultaneously disposing of one’s flesh in the process. Valeria Lukyanova is of the belief that we human beings are capable of shedding our human flesh and ascending to greater, otherworldly heights. She also believes that the universe is our’s to explore and that we simply have to tap into the right channels in order to do so. What are some of the other topics she addresses in her book?
Her Physical Appearance – Beauty Refined
Valeria Lukyanova is a very intelligent woman. Although her spiritual beliefs are very near and dear to her heart, she is also aware that her main selling point is her beauty. There is no doubt that the world is captivated by her appearance. She uses this as a mechanism to secure readers. She knows that people will buy her book because of her mysterious look. It is through the superficial that Valeria traps her readers into the spiritual. With an audience so transfixed on her image, her beauty becomes a conduit down the road for spiritual enlightenment.
Is She The Human Barbie Or The Space Barbie?
Due to her unique belief system and spiritual claims, some have bestowed upon the Human Barbie an additional title: The Space Barbie. This second title seems, at least on the surface, less befitting of Valeria Lukyanova: after all, she has yet to adorn herself in a spacesuit, nor has she achieved intergalactic travel. However, her spiritual persona has caused a few to raise their glasses in agreement with the title. Despite the controversy, one thing is certain: this celebrity is making waves across the world with her unique outlook on life.
One Body, Multiple Personas
Having learned about the peculiar beliefs of Valeria Lukyanova, it will surely come as no surprise to learn that she embodies various personalities and can control each one with ease. When she travels the cosmos, she turns into the Space Barbie persona. When she wishes to revert to another personality, she simply has to look into a mirror and transform into another personality. For a human, this seems like a nearly impossible task, but for someone who has allegedly transcended humanity, it’s just a walk in the park. Speaking of transformation, The Human Barbie, as expected, is well versed with makeup. She is quite experimental with it, always willing to try out various shades, palettes, and colors, and she is very good at it. Sharp-eyed and a stickler for detail, Valeria is able to spot a blemish from a mile away.
Irrespective of people’s opinions about her, it cannot be denied that Valeria Lukyanova is a staunch believer in her personal doctrine. What’s more, Valeria seems to be so in tune with the universe that one cannot help but be even marginally curious about this Barbie’s thought-process. Amidst a sea of common-folk, she stands out as an emblem of faith and passion. She also makes it her business to constantly remind others about the need to remain happy and peaceful, claiming that in her world, that is all they preach.
Does She Need Help?
On a serious note, with all the claims, accusations, and beliefs which Valeria Lukyanova has made during the course of her controversial life, even Valeria has, at some point, had to wonder whether she was sane. In an attempt to get answers for the voices she hears in her head, she decided to seek professional help from a psychiatrist. Instead of prescribing a slew of medicinal pills or rationally discussing with her the psychological dangers with her mindset, the psychiatrist conversely praised her for ability, claiming that she was “special.”
Valeria Lukyanova – The Psychic
Apparently, the psychiatrist who dealt with Valeria had already amassed much experience dealing with people who were troubled with the same thoughts as she had had. Consequently, he did not feel as though she were abnormal in any way. Instead, it was his professional opinion that she was a psychic. As to whether it was fate or sheer luck that Valeria had found probably one of the few psychiatrists who would have validated her beliefs, we will never know. What is true is that after having received such a revelation, she embarked on a journey with a new identity. She formed a small group of friends who had had mutual interests. Together, they enact rituals, including chanting and forming a circle around candlelight. Apart from those friends, Valeria also has other people who consider her to be a role model. She is comforted knowing that she is a source of inspiration to people throughout the world.
Despite the controversy which she has stirred up since her stint in the spotlight, Valeria has a steady following, securing fans and admirers throughout the world. There are so many girls who look up to her as a source of inspiration and have even tried to become the next Human Barbie. She has inspired several Youtubers to try out her makeup techniques. However, The Human Barbie does have a bad side to her, which can be off-putting to many.
Barbie Versus Ugly Women
Valeria Lukyanova is a woman who has experienced extreme criticism for her beliefs and physical appearance. In light of this, one would think that she would be a bit more sensitive towards other persons who experience cyberbullying, especially women. She proved everyone wrong when she publicly antagonized Sex and The City star Sarah Jessica Parker. She posted a video of herself verbally attacking women who, in her opinion, did not meet the threshold for beautiful women should look like. In said video, she likened Parker’s face to that of a horse. Like with all things involving Valeria, it gets even more extreme.
Is The Human Barbie Racist?
Once, in an interview with GQ Interview, when asked about what could have possibly caused the surge in plastic surgery among women, her response was “race-mixing.” Yes, folks, you read right: it is Valeria Lukyanova’s belief that mixed races are somehow predisposed to doing plastic surgery in order to look better. She further stated that in her opinion, women were more attractive in the mid-twentieth century before interracial coupling became a thing. She also added that the concept of having children is downright blasphemous. She would rather die than start her own family.
Ken and Barbie – Trouble In Paradise?
Everybody knows that a Barbie doll needs her male Ken doll for everything to seem picture-perfect. Is the same true for The Human Barbie? Just like Valeria has become the Human Barbie, so too has Justin Jedlica, a model from the United States, attained the titled Human Ken. He has confessed to having had 190 surgeries to modify his body into becoming a humanoid-version of the infamous Ken doll. However, unlike in the fictitious Barbie world where Ken and Barbie live happily ever after, in real life, it seems as if the Human Barbie and the Human Ken have a bit of tension between the two.
Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder
While Justin does admit that he finds Valeria beautiful, he attributes her beauty to cosmetic products, namely makeup, false hair, and corsets used to alter her appearance. He also looks down upon the fact that Valeria denies, at least in part, having undergone several surgeries to alter her appearance. He, on the other hand, openly speaks about having subjected his body to plastic surgery in order to achieve the perfect physique. Perhaps his cold feelings toward Valeria can be attributed to an icy interaction they had previously had. Justin confesses to having attempted to hug the Human Barbie, only to be rejected by her. Unrequited love gone sour, maybe?
The Human Barbie, An Actress
Given her vast array of talent, it was only a matter of time till Valeria Lukyanova ventured into other industries. Like her father, she dabbled into becoming a DJ. What is of notable mention, however, is her leap into the movie-making business as an actress! In 2016, Valeria starred in the movie “The Doll”. What a surprise. She played the role of an alien doll hell-bent on going on a killing spree. She was praised for her acting skills by the film director Susannah O’Brien, who said that she was “a natural.”
What Lays Ahead For The Human Barbie’s Body?
Despite the overwhelming visual evidence that she has had numerous physical operations on her body to alter her appearance, Valeria Lukyanova continues to stand by her statement that she has only had breast implants. Although in earlier interviews she stated that she would not make any further adjustments to her body, she never says never. Perhaps as she gets older, she may decide to get some work done on her body. For now, she’s content with the body she has.
The Human Barbie Decides It’s Time For A Change
No doubt, to get a body like Valeria Lukyanova, one has to invest a lot of time, energy, and money. Interestingly enough, despite having invested so much into getting the body she wanted, she has had a change of heart. She has decided to get a more muscular body, focusing on developing her abdominal muscles and biceps. Given her history, it may come as no surprise if she decides to become a bodybuilder. Who knows?
What’s In Store For Valeria?
True to herself, Valeria’s goal is still to spread her spiritual beliefs throughout the world. She hopes to touch the lives of as many people as she can and help them foster within themselves a spiritual connection that can only be described as out-of-this-world. Having said that, she also has her eye on producing a modern-opera. She has partnered with some composers to put on an opera characterized by soothing melodies reminiscent of the sounds of the world. With that said, there is no telling which course Valeria Lukyanova’s life will take. The world will have to wait with bated breath for the next great venture this phenomenal woman will embark upon.