V magazine recently flew "the human Barbie doll," Valeria Lukyanova, to New York for an interview and photo shoot. With her appearance in New York, questions about her real existence have been answered once and for all.
V Magazine published the interview and photos on Nov. 9
Valeria Lukyanova has been posting videos of herself to YouTube since November 2011, but she came to international attention and erupted into an online phenomenon overnight when Jezebel "discovered" her in April. According to V Magazine, her looks seemed so artificial that the Daily Mail asked, "Does she even exist?" The Huffington Post queried: “Has Valeria achieved her Mattel-made look through surgery?”
ABC News launched an investigation and concluded: “It’s unclear whether Lukyanova exists at all, or whether it’s all a hoax thanks to the world of photo editing.”
According to Yahoo! Shine, 21-year-old Lukyanova, who refers to herself as the "most famous woman of the Russian-speaking Internet," is a native of the Moldavian city of Tiraspol. She lives in Odessa Ukraine.
Human Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova
She has over 460 videos uploaded to her YouTube channel, over 16 million views and over 500,000 Facebook fans. She is a personal friend of the "Anime Girl," Anastasiya Shpagina.
She comments on the "living doll" image she has cultivated: “Every good-looking woman with fine features and a slim figure looks like a doll. I won’t deny that I play along with people’s perceptions. I’m amused by the reactions. I don’t take it seriously.”
Shine points out that strong negative reactions to Lukyanova's appearance are not surprising. She looks so unreal, with large "glassy eyes" enhanced by make-up and contact lens, platinum blond hair, "Gumby-like limbs, and disproportionate chest to waist ratio." She has extremely thin waist, large breasts and her face looks remarkably doll-like. She posts make-up tutorial videos to YouTube where she demonstrates how she achieves her looks.
In the interview with V magazine, she answers questions that probe into her personal life:
"In the morning I work on my face and I get a massage, then I spend some time on the Internet. I meditate and travel in my astral body, and after that I work out at the gym. I go for a walk with my best girlfriend, I get home, and I make dinner for the man I love. Then I spend some more time on the Internet, do some reading and meditating, and go to bed."
Lukynova admits she encounters plenty of hostility online but she is not bothered. She said:
“I know the other side of celebrity is negativity, but I see it in a positive light. If people care about me, then I am on the right path. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job. It’s hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists. This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. ”V magazine asked her how she feels about her Internet fame. She said: "I believe that because of it I have a responsibility to bring more good, light and positive emotions to people."
How does she feel about women imitating her looks and initiating a new beauty movement? She said: "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. 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."
"I meditate and travel in my astral body"
For a young woman who cultivates the image of a "living doll," it is somewhat confusing when she speaks of her "inner self." She says she is a teacher at the School of Out-of-Body Travel. Her "spiritual name" is Amatue, a reference to the sun goddess in Atlantean lore.
She told V magazine about 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.”
She also said she is pursuing a career in music. Her genre is "new age opera." She claims she writes her music during meditation and astral travel. Her music is influenced by Sarah Brightman and Emma Shapplin. She also loves bands such as Enigma, Era, Deep Forest, Ametistium and Alexander Mogilko.
The "Human Barbie" is a woman of many parts. She isn't only into music and "astral travel." She told V magazine, proudly: "I’m a professional mountain climber.”
She claims she has trekked the Himalayas.