Valeria Lukyanova became an internet sensation earlier this year when Jezebel.com profiled her and posted photos of her looking remarkably similar to a Barbie doll. The Ukrainian model seems to have all of the previously thought to be anatomically impossible attributes that Barbie is known for including a tiny waist, long body, phenomenal curves, and trademark blonde hair. But is she real? ABC News profiled her after the Jezebel article, but they were unable to track her down for an interview, leading many to speculate she was completely virtual.
But now, several months later, V magazine has confirmed Valeria Lukyanova is indeed a real person after they managed to track her down and fly her to New York City for a Q&A session and photo shoot!
The above photo is taken from the shoot, but here are a few from Valeria Lukyanova’s Facebook page:
In the interview, which can only be described as bizarre, Valeria is asked if she has altered her body in any unnatural way such as plastic surgery. She denies it (through a translator), saying she’s been “endowed by nature with extraordinary external data.”
“Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves,” she continues. “It’s hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists. Some people even spread rumors about me and retouch my pictures to hurt me. But I don’t take them seriously. I’m even flattered! It’s what success is like. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job.”
Speaking of jobs, Valeria has taken quite the unconventional career path. “I’m a teacher at the School of Out-of-Body Travel,” she reveals. “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.” (So, wait. This girl has the body of a Barbie doll and she spends her time getting out of it?) Oh, and that’s not all. Valeria is also a professional mountain climber. (How do you make money mountain climbing? I guess if you look like Valeria and wear lingerie or a nymph costume it makes sense. Or should I say “makes cents.”)
For those of you wondering what it would be like to see a video clip of Valeria, here she is sitting on a bed talking about something or another in Russian:
And of course Valeria is a singer as well! “I have written most of my songs during my astral travels or during meditation,” she explains. “My genre is new age opera. Sometimes I can write a piece in one breath, in as little as five minutes. I very much like singers like Emma Shapplin and Sarah Brightman.”
Here’s a sample clip of Valeria Lukyanova singing and tickling the ivory:
And what about Valeria’s fashion? “Everything derives from my spiritual practices. My mood is created by meditation and energy techniques. It makes me want to see everything as beautiful and bright, refined and original. I’m an idealist and a perfectionist, and I want my looks to reflect the world within me and how I feel. My close friend Dominika is a fashion designer, and she helps me create the kind of clothing that is consistent with my spiritual practice.”
As for her daily routine, Valeria has a more normal approach. Well, mostly. “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.”
And the product of that meditation is a metaphysical approach to life and to beauty. “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.”
But, once you’ve completed the spiritual work on your inner self and are ready to move on to your outer self, here’s a little makeup tutorial video from Valeria Lukyanova demonstrating how to get her Barbie doll look:
I’ve got twenty bucks that says this young lady is photographed meeting Lady Gaga some time in the next six months.
Want to see more of Valeria Lukyanova? Hop over to her Facebook page where there are hundreds of photos that will implode your brain and completely alter what you thought were the laws of anatomy!
CLICK HERE to see Valeria’s “Twin” Barbie Doll Olga