It doesn’t look like Human Barbie and Human Ken will live happily ever after in real life.
Justin Jedlica, a 33-year-old who has undergone more than 140 cosmetic procedures to look like a Ken doll, said he doesn’t understand the fascination surrounding Valeria Lukyanova, the Internet phenom known as “Human Barbie” and the subject of a recent GQ profile.
"We met at a photo shoot. She's a cute girl," Jedlica told GQ of the 20-something Ukrainian, known for her doll-like appearance. "I don't really get her. I don't get why people think she's so interesting. She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She's an illusionist."
Jedlica, who resides in New York City, goes on to say he believes there is “nothing special” about Lukyanova.
"Valeria presents herself as a real-life Barbie doll, but she is nothing more than an illusion who dresses like a drag queen," he told the Daily Mail last year. “As soon as you wipe away all that makeup, she's just a plain Jane and there's absolutely nothing special about her."
The Ken doll lookalike, though, believes he is the real thing because he has undergone so many surgical procedures to attain his look.
"Unlike me, who has spent nearly $150,000 permanently transforming myself into a human Ken doll, Valeria just plays dress-up,” he said. "Valeria has been my arch-nemesis ever since we met each other earlier this year.”
This isn’t the first time Jedlica publicly discredited Human Barbie. Last year, Human Ken mocked Lukyanova by dressing up as a plastic doll to show what a “total fake” the blonde Ukrainian is.
“By dressing up like her twin I wanted to prove that anyone can look like Barbie, even Ken!” he said. “And in all honesty, I think I make an even prettier Barbie than she does!”
Barbie’s response? “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,” Lukyanova said.
Jedlica began his rampant plastic surgery when he was 18 years old, having had five rhinoplasties, a cranial brow bone shape and cheek, lip, buttocks and chin augmentation. Lukyanova, however, said she has only had breast augmentation.
Revival of the feud between Barbie and Ken comes just after Lukyanova was profiled for GQ magazine’s April issue. In the article, the writer calls the Ukrainian native “racist” for her views on race-mixing.
“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.
“For example, a Russian marries an Armenian, they have a kid, a cute girl, but she has her dad’s nose. She goes and files it down a little, and it’s all good.”
For this reason, Lukyanova said, she is not open to the idea of having children.
“It’s unacceptable to me. The very idea of having children brings out this deep revulsion in me,” she said. “I’d rather die from torture, because the worst thing in the world is to have a family lifestyle.”