Questions are being raised about the claims of the "Human Barbie," Valeria Lukyanova, that her online photos are not Photoshopped and that she has not undergone plastic surgery after a video that shows her looking more like a normal person surfaced.
The fact that she looks so much more human in the new video (see video above) has raised doubts about her claims that she does not Photoshop her online images.
The founder of TheDirty.com, Nik Richie, who calls Lukyanova the "Michael Jackson of Ukraine," has drawn attention to a new YouTube video in which she tilts her head at odd angles and launches attacks on her critics.
In the video, she tries, somewhat unconvincingly, to explain that she tilts her head in her photoshoots because her neck is "thin and fragile" and unable to support the weight of her "big head." She says: "Everyone who will try to ask me about my neck at least one more time in their life will be banned immediately. Mean people... Can't you understand I have neck problems? And I can't hold my neck straight."
TheDirty.com claims that the video provides evidence that Lukyanova uses Photoshop to make her appear more like a Barbie doll.
Valeria Lukyanova: 'Human Barbie'
"... this girl is the biggest fraud ever… All you people gushing over Valeria Lukyanova are a bunch of morons. This girl is a FRAUD. She had been badly photoshopping her photos since the beginning of her time online. Her videos aren’t photoshopped. Does she still look the same? Not only are her looks fake/photoshopped this girl is also mentally insane. There is a ton more of videos out there and as you can see from them, she looks nothing like she does when she photoshops her photos. Get over it already people."
Lukyanova has repeatedly denied charges that her online images are Photoshopped. She has also denied suggestions that she has undergone plastic or cosmetic surgery to change her physical appearance. According to Lukyanova, she relies exclusively on make-up for her transformation.
Digital Journal reports that during an interview in New York for V Magazine, she attacked critics who say she Photoshops her images or that she has undergone plastic surgery: "Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves. 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."
She said: "I am happy I seem unreal to them, it means I'm doing a good job." She added: "I'm an idealist and a perfectionist. And I want my looks to reflect the world within me and how I feel."