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article imageReal-life Anime A. Shpagina and Barbie girl V. Lukyanova team up

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 3, 2012 in Internet
Real-life Anime girl Anastasiya Shpagina, 19, and real-life Barbie-doll girl Valeria Lukyanova, team up for photos.The girls startle with the creepy obsession that motivates them to transform into real life replications of creations of fantasy.
The Ukranian girls are an extreme answer to the body-mod culture with their unsettling preoccupation with what CNet describes as "unrealistic body image," and The Huffington Post, "bizarre hyperbolic character imitation."
The Internet is simply captivated by Anastasiya Shpagina's attempt to force her appearance into the fantasy body ideal of Japanese animation characters with large eyes, disproportionately large heads and wispy waists. And she is gaining plenty of attention online as the "real-life anime girl." The Huffington Post reports Shpagina is carving out an Internet niche for herself with her Facebook page having received over 12,000 likes and her "Flower Fairy" tutorial video (see above), over a million views on YouTube.
Anastasiya Shpagina
Anastasiya Shpagina
Facebook/Anastasiya Shpagina reports that her "Flower Fairy" video shows how she transforms through makeup into a replica of female anime carton characters.
Anastasiya Shpagina and Valeria Lukyanova
Anastasiya Shpagina and Valeria Lukyanova
Facebook/Anastasiya Shpagina
The Daily Mail reports she has a huge following in Japan and that in acknowledgment of the fact, she has taken up a Japanese name, Fukkacumi.
Valeria Lukyanova, similarly, came to online attention this year as the real-life Barbie doll. The fame of both girls is growing. While Shpagina's Facebook page now has over 12,000 likes, Lukyanova, the Barbie girl, has almost 500,000.
Anastasiya Shpagina and Valeria Lukyanova
Anastasiya Shpagina and Valeria Lukyanova
Facebook/Anastasiya Shpagina
Recently, Shpagina posted a photo of herself with Lukyanova in a wooded park with the caption "Another one with Valeria" (see photo below).
Some people are fascinated while others feel revolted by the extreme self-transformation the two girls are able to achieve. According to, a viewer of the photos on Facebook, said: "Non human humanoid robots ;) gorgeous ones though."
Enstarz also reports a lengthy disapproving comment by a viewer of the photos on Facebook:
"All I see is the objectification of women into the plastic, lifeless, submissive roles that a male dominated society would LOVE us all to follow... You are probably intelligent women underneath this persona, why not utilize your skills to a bigger goal/ project?"
But evidently, both girls have already found the "bigger goal/project" of their choice. Shpagina, at 5 feet 2 inches, and 85 pounds body weight was made in heaven for the role she has taken up. The Daily Mail reports she deliberately slimmed down to just over six stone in attempt to resemble a living anime character. She once said she spends up to 30 minutes carefully applying make-up to each one of her eyes for the anime self-transformation she covets.
And the obsession gets weirder still: She is allegedly considering cosmetic surgery....
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