There’s a new “human Barbie” on the Internet, and this living doll claims she is not made of plastic.
Alina Kovalevskaya, a 21-year-old Ukrainian woman, is the newest viral sensation famous for her doll-like appearance, which she claims has not been altered by plastic surgery.
Kovalevskaya said -- unlike her former friend-turned-rival and fellow famous doll, Valeria Lukyanova -- she’s all natural. The blonde said achieves her look by staying out of the sun and wearing special contact lenses to make her eyes appear larger, heavy makeup and long hair extensions past her buttocks.
With 22,000 followers on Russian social network VK, Kovalevskaya has garnered many comparisons to Lukyanova, who also became famous online two years ago for her doll-like appearance. Both blondes hail from Odessa, have similar anime-like features and were once even friends, Kovalevskaya admitted.
“I have had certain misunderstandings with her after which we ceased to communicate,” she said of Lukyanova in a video for Barcroft TV. “I realized that she is not a person with whom I would like to talk or even be friends.”
Though she has received praise and even marriage proposals from people online, Kovalevskaya has also come under the same criticisms as 28-year-old Lukyanova for her controversial appearance.
“People in our city react to my look differently both positive and negative responses,” she said. “Honestly I do not get hurt by this, because I understand that one can’t satisfy everybody.”
Aside from her YouTube videos, Kovalevskaya studies psychology and social work at Odessa University and is single, searching for her “real-life Ken.”
Valeria Lukyanova became an online sensation in April 2012 when Jezebel discovered her makeup tutorials. Though many say she is a fraud, the blonde Ukrainian denies claims she is fake. Instead, Lukyanova said she works out to achieve her slim figure, has had no plastic surgery aside from breast augmentation and achieves her doll-like look from makeup and contact lenses.
Since, there have been plenty of other copycat living dolls, like Anastasiya Shpagnia, who is also from Ukraine, and Dakota Rose. There’s even a “Human Ken,” Justin Jedlica, a 33-year-old who has undergone more than 140 cosmetic procedures and hates his Barbie counterpart, Lukyanova.
"I don't really get her. I don't get why people think she's so interesting,” Jedlica told GQ of Lukyanova. “She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She's an illusionist."
Lukyanova has also made headlines for her controversial lifestyle and beliefs. Going by the alter ego “Amatue,” Lukyanova said she is an astral projection teacher at the School of Out-of-Body-Travel, a “Breatharian” who lives without food or water and a time-traveling “spiritual guru.”
Most recently, the “Human Barbie” was the subject of a GQ profile where she made controversial statements about race, leading the writer to call her a “racist space alien.”
“Ethnicities are mixing now, so there’s degeneration, and it didn’t used to be like that. Remember how many beautiful women there were in the 1950s and 1960s, without any surgery? And now, thanks to degeneration, we have this,” she said.
View the video of Alina Kovalevskaya for Barcroft TV below.