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Valeria Lukyanova: A living Barbie Doll


Valeria Lukyanova, a Ukrainian model who is a living Barbie, became an overnight Internet sensation after photos of her unbelievably proportioned frame and doll-like face circulated like wildfire on the web.

Viewers gaped at her huge, glassy blue eyes, her seemingly plastic skin and her carved waist. Skeptics questioned whether her photos were legitimate or if they had been digitally altered.  Valeria Lukyanova's YouTube channel, Amatue, has amassed over 1.8 million video views already. On this channel, she posts videos of herself with and without her doll makeup. The aforementioned videos have topics like "beauty doll," "make-up doll," "beautiful doll" "doll looks" and "doll facial features."

Her Facebook page feature hundreds of photos of the Barbie girl in various poses painted with an array of cosmetics. In some shots, she poses in bikinis that show off her extremely thin frame, a miniscule waist and an ample bosom. In others, she flaunts a face layered with foundation, false eyelashes, gems and even contact lenses to achieve that big, doe-eyed doll look.  

On her personal website, the real-life Barbie describes herself as "the most famous Russian woman on the Russian-language Internet." The 21-year-old writes about meditation and her music career. According to NMA.TV, she is hoping to attract more fans in France and in other countries throughout Europe.

Her living-doll looks have brought her Internet fame but some are shocked by her physical appearance. Horrified viewers have blasted the model over her Barbie looks. One commented: "She looks not only ugly, but ridiculous." Another wrote: "A woman with completely perfect features is a boring woman." Another asked: "Isn't unhealthy obsession on looking like a Barbie doll a part of her identity though?"

Viewers of Valeria Lukyanova's Facebook photos and YouTube videos have commented on just how unrealistic the 21-year-old looks (and it is not solely because of the plastic surgery). Lukyanova's awfully tiny, carved waist has drawn the most attention. Fashion and beauty blog Styleite noted the videos Lukyanova posted about her raw food diet, "which could explain her teeny-tiny waist." Others were more skeptical.

The New York Daily News wrote, "Lukyanova seems to have achieved her doll-like look through a combination of heavy make-up, plastic surgery, and Photoshop."

The photos Lukyanova posts of her without makeup pose a stark contrast to the girl who wears a full face of white eye makeup, porcelain skin and pink lips. Other Internet "living dolls" have shown how cosmetics can be used to achieve the doll look with YouTube makeup tutorials.  


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Apr 25, 2012 07:53 AM EDT