21-year-old Ukranian model Valeria Lukyanova – who has undergone numerous plastic surgeries to look like a real, living, breathing, plastic doll – recently sat down with V magazine for a photoshoot and an interview.
Valeria Lukyanova is well-known woldwide for being a living “Barbie doll.” Back in April, the 21-year-old Ukranian model became an online phenomena when photos of her doll-like features and Barbie proportions went viral around the world.
Now, in her first major photo shoot for V magazine, Lukyanova opens up on her real life. V magazine flew Lukyanova from Odessa, Ukraine, all the way to New York for an interview and fashion shoot snapped by Sebastian Faena starring the self-described “most famous woman of the Russian-speaking Internet.”
Lukyanova’s popularity skyrocketed as her photos circulated online, showing the blonde woman with her impossibly thin waist, large chest, wide eyes and flawless skin. Viewers questioned if she is real or just really manufactured.
“Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves,” Lukyanova responded, when pressed about accusations she has undergone cosmetic procedures or uses digital alterations to achieve her look.
She said: “It’s hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists. But I don’t take them seriously. I’m even flattered! It’s what success is like. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job.”
The Human Barbie doll may be real but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t live in a fantasy world. For one, she’s a self-professed practitioner of “astral projection,” or out-of-body travel. But Lukyanova isn’t just a believer of out-of-body travel, she’s a teacher.
She said: “I’m a teacher at the School of Out-of-Body Travel. It’s an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body, where you can visit any place on the planet and in the universe. I know that this is the future of mankind and that it has huge potential.”
In addition to being an out-of-body world traveler, Lukyanova is also a model, an artist, and a singer. Lukyanova said: “I have written most of my songs during my astral travels or during meditation. This is also how I collaborate with other composers of new age music. They inspire me. My genre is new age opera. Sometimes I can write a piece in one breath, in as little as five minutes.”
Lukyanova has received world-wide media attention for her appearance but the Human Barbie doll does not believe that her looks are the only reason for her fame. “People don’t understand that it has nothing to do with looks. There are many good-looking young women, but why are they completely unknown? Because looks are just a bonus.”
She continued: “If you spend time working only on your appearance and you forget about your inner self, people will not be interested in you because they will not feel anything. Many people think you need only good looks to be successful, but it’s not true—only spiritual work can bear tangible results.”
Forbes noted Lukyanova and others like her have spawned the “Barbie flu,” a trend among girls in the Ukraine who attempt to attain near-unrealistic standards of beauty.
Anastasiya Shpagina, referred to as the “Anime Girl,” has also gained online-fame for her cartoon-like appearance. The 19-year-old Ukranian has a solid following of fans, who also have an affinity for the Japanese cartoons. Shpagina and Lukyanova are not only both real-life dolls, but also real-life friends.