Real-life Barbie and real-life Ken, Valeria Lukyanova and Justin Jedlica met for the first time in New York, but they did not hit it off . Lukyanova, 23, flew from Ukraine to New York to meet Justin Jedlica, 32, for an Inside Edition photoshoot.
The Sun puts it bluntly, the two "hated the sight of each other." Photos show the two standing together, Ken with a forced smile and Barbie looking rather cool and stand-offish.
The two met in New York for a photo-shoot by Inside Edition, and in spite of sharing a common extreme preoccupation with an artificial toy-body image, each seemed repelled by the self-image reflected back in the encounter.
But it isn't surprising that the two are not hitting it off. Although they had never met before, they had heard a lot about each other and have had not-too-friendly exchanges over the media in the past. Last November, Jedlica told The Huffington Post that although he thinks Lukyanova is beautiful, "It appears to me that much of her look is added makeup, fake hair and 'slimming' corsets... Drag queens have put on the same illusions with makeup and costumes for years."
After the meeting in New York, Lukyanova found the opportunity to hit back. She told The Sun: "Justin said bad things about me but he had more than 90 operations, while I had only one. I am not hiding that I’ve had plastic surgery. I had breast implants because I want to be perfect. He would do better not to comment on who is plastic and who is not. I think he is handsome man - but he overdid his lips."
Digital Journal reported that Lukyanova achieved online fame with her unnatural looks: "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."
Justin Jedlica, who had operations to resemble the doll Ken
According to Inside Edition, she wears blue contact lenses over her natural green eyes. She claims that the rest of her body beside her breasts is natural and that she keeps shape through regular gym workouts.
Human Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova
Digital Journal also reported that in a similar manner, real-life Ken, Justin Jedlic, an American, achieved celebrity status after he reportedly spent about $100,000 on 90 surgeries to look like a Ken doll.
According to the Daily Mail, this year he had his 100th cosmetic surgery after the first of five rhinoplasties at 18. He has had a cranial brow bone surgery, cheeks, lips, buttocks and chin augmentations. Inside Edition reports that in one operation he had implants inserted to enlarge his deltoid muscles, meaning that "cosmetic Ken has no real strength, as we found out when we took him to a gym and he couldn't pick up a small barbell."
He has had lip augmentation and pectoral implants and says he plans to continue undergoing surgeries in his quest for an elusive doll-like "perfection."
His comment about his first surgery may give insight to the source and nature of his obsession. He told Inside Edition: "Children play with Barbie and Ken all the time so it’s fed to us from a young age that that is the epitome of what is beautiful. It was really something that set me apart and validated me and I felt so euphoric."
Lukyanova also told Inside Edition that "'Barbie is ideal woman' and that she had been fascinated with the Mattel character since she was five."
According to The Sun, she responded to criticisms of her unnatural doll-like looks, saying: “This pleases me because a doll is an image of an ideal woman. Nobody would mind to be compared with a doll.”
The Huffington Post reports that recently, Jedlica posted a photo of himself with Lacey Wildd, a model with a triple-L cup, with the caption: "Omg I love Lacey!"
Lacey said recently that she has plans to further enlarge her L-cup breasts to MMM size. She had 12 breast surgeries to give her the seventh largest breast in the world. She said: "If I have triple M implants it will take me into the top five big breasted models in the world. It will increase my fame and earning power considerably. I want to make the most of this opportunity, to give my kids a good lifestyle. I want to provide for them and pay for a college education, so they have opportunities I didn't have."