Jun 08

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Valeria Lukyanova: A Real Life Barbie doll

This week, the Internet is abuzz with stories of Valeria Lukyanova who claims to be the most famous woman on the Russian-language internet as well as the world’s most beautiful woman. The 21 year old Ukranian girl is a “real life Barbie”.


With her porcelain skin, super skinny waist, huge boobs, long blond hair, high eyebrows, glassy blue eyes and a vacant stare, Valeria is as close as it has ever been to a real-life Barbie.

Valeria has received both adulation and criticism for her appearance. While for some, she is an inspiration, others claim she looks too artificial or like a plastic surgery gone wrong and still others accuse her of photoshopping her pictures. This was what she looked like before her surgeries and make-over:

In the How to Uncage a Girl  poem ”sixteen: first time“, poet Franseca Lia Block writes of how shame about our own perceived imperfections comes early: he noticed a tiny hair growing near my nipple/ “you better do something about that,” he said/ i was so young/ too naive even/for tweezers/ but not for shame, of course that comes early

As young girls, we are initiated to the decades old modern ritual of playing with Barbie dolls and as we get older, for several women, the pressure to look like one mounts and we become way harder on ourselves.

Valeria (who for the record is exactly what I imagined the Veelas from the Harry Potter series to look like)  has opened the floodgates to debate about a number of issues- unrealistic beauty ideals, lookism, cosmetic surgery and so on. One of the issues that struck me as not receiving so little attention was how little was said of her personality as distinct from just her appearance- something she herself has complained about: she is a trained Opera singer, a composer who has composed over 70 songs and is into astral travel. She also claims to be a rawfoodist who does not drink or smoke. She also has an Indian or South Asian connection of sorts- in fact according to her YouTube, she is currently in Bombay!  Very often she is seen wearing a bindi and claims to be powered by prana.

Just as Lana Del Rey’s Botoxed lips or Adele’s  being overweight receives attention that would have been expended on their music had they been more conventional looking, or Katrina Kaif’s beauty had the industry dismiss her as a serious contender for Bollywood superstardom, the Valeria Lukyanaova buzz throws up a lot of questions–  do women have to blend in and conform to conventional standards be noticed? Do they have to chose between beautiful and intelligent or having a personality? Does a beautiful woman have to work harder to prove that she is intelligent or capable?

Valeria says something in her About Me page, that to me, is pretty revealing of her personal philosophy:

A warrior cannot cry anymore, and the only expression of pain is the thrill that comes from somewhere from the depths of the universe, as if one of the emanations of the Eagle was a pain, and when it reaches the Warrior, the Warrior is infinite shivers.  People’s actions do not affect the soldier, because he no longer has any expectations. A strange calm becomes the guiding force in his life. He took one of the concepts of life of the warrior-detachment.”

What probably haunts the world the most is that she gave it exactly what it asked for- an impossible standard of beauty so surreal it’s almost unreal, we simply can’t seem to accept that either!

We’re dying to know what you think of Valeria post her Barbiefication! Let us know in the comments below.


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  • jessica tini

    this might be good looking……….
    but its obviously against the reality!
    why don’t people like reality???

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  • http://thatssogloss anushka

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  • Jewell_lamendola4

    I think shes beautiful, dont hate, dont judge, its what she wanted so what!

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  • Geoffrey Lelia

    Among the transformations I’ve seen since, Valeria Lukyanova’s plastic surgery is the most outstanding one to date. Plastic surgery has come a long way and continues to improve as time passes by. By the way, I’m impressed with the way Franseca Lia Block writes poems. She’s a very witty and humorous poet.

    Geoffrey Lelia

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001732997673 Matt Green

      You’re joking right? She looks like a creepy blow up doll, I like natural women.

      • April

        That’s Matt for restoring my faith in mankind!

  • Mandi

    My spouse’s reaction, “WTF??” My reaction.. “Well.. I kind of feel bad for her. Where a girl’s mind must have been to do that to herself.” I know I’ve considered plastic surgery, and suffered with low self esteem, but that was before I grabbed a little self worth and realized that anyone requiring that kind of ‘perfection’ from me,(which is completely unnatural, our bodies just don’t look like that, so it’s not actually ‘perfect’ anyway) then they aren’t worth my time and are self serving, and self loathing. Oh.. and not worth my time. :)

  • reader

    What will she look and feel like in just 10 years, let alone in her 40s or 50s? Cosmetic surgery like this isn’t what I’d exactly call “reversible” (especially as one further ages). Even at 21 years, that’s still pretty young to make that kind of decision. I see a parallel to this behavior and that like a getting a spontaneous tattoo or indulging in a destructive addiction (especially in one’s early 20′s). Perhaps she might like this look and the attention today, but how will she feel when the honeymoon fades and her body keeps aging?

    Personally, this is not what I find remotely attractive. I’m not speaking for anyone but myself, and its not even so much of the physical appearance as this is someone who has changed so much of herself, I just have to wonder, what is really going on inside? What motivated this to begin and how does she feel about herself when she looks into a mirror?

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  • Val

    She is 27. Born in 1985.

  • Hana

    Evan Before or after her surgery she is still beautiful. Evan when you read the things she’s said and sang you can tell that she is very clever and not some bimbo people seem to think she is. I for one understand what was probably going through her mind of wanting the surgery done. At the mere age of 18 I had saved up more than twice the amount of money i needed and had my boobs done although. My parents were clearly not happy having this done but unlike some parents they love me and respected my decition as long as one of them was with me at all times and i didnt go to a silly size. I was depressed on medications and oh so close to suicide I loathed every part of me. I hated looking in the mirror and would avoid any reflections. It surprisingly helped me as I had something to put my mind to and to look forward to it. Evan now that I’m nearly 20 I don’t regret anything, And I’m already saving up for my next surgery. I’m sure people are probably thinking that she’s a silly girl and blah blah but I for one respect her for having it done she chose to do it and that was her decision nobody else. I don’t think anybody has the write to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.

    • priyanka

      u absolutly right…

  • priyanka

    for dose who r judging her— grow up guys!!! u ol r totly jealos of her beauty….u noe u can neve luk damn gogeous as her.. so stop ur childish bullshit here!! get som life dude

    • An Educated Person.

      Says the person unable to spell at -LITERALLY- fucking all.

      *For those* are* you* all* are* totally* jealous* you* know* you* never* look* gorgeous* some* dude.*

      Plastic surgery is not natural, her before look was absolutely fine. Hell I found it attractive, now all I can think is what a waste.

  • ekwynn

    A lot of this is makeup – which she has invented for her “look” which she illustrated on TV – and the expression she puts on her face making herself look utterly vacant and unreal. I think it is more an illusion (acting) than plastic surgery. This girl can just reinvent herself whenever she wants. I don’t think she’s dumb at all, just a little spacey. In ten years she might just be a stock analyst at Goldman Sachs. And look totally natural.

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