Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova, who has been dubbed a living Barbie, became an Internet sensation this week because of her doll-like features and her seemingly inhumane figure. From her porcelain skin to her large eyes to her concaved waist, Lukyanova's appearance shocked viewers around the world.
Valeria Lukyanova's YouTube channel skyrocketed from just over 1 million video views last week to over 2.4 million views Thursday. Her story has been covered by major global news brands, including the Huffington Post and ABC News.
Despite her newfound fame, the living Barbie has had to deal with an onslaught of criticism as well.
Horrified viewers have blasted the model over her Barbie looks. One commented: She looks not only ugly, but ridiculous. Another wrote: A woman with completely perfect features is a boring woman. Another asked: Isn't unhealthy obsession on looking like a Barbie doll a part of her identity though?
On Thursday, Valeria Lukyanova took to her official YouTube channel, Amatue, to respond to the media attention she has received in a post entitled, Doll's appearance is not everything. Here is the full text of her excerpt. Bear in mind, English is most likely her second language.
About me write articles on different sites, representing, like a doll, which has made such appearance, thanks to plastic surgery. Said one man, and all repeat like parrots. People do not have a personal opinion. They could go to my site and read my notes. I keep a diary for many years, and there I describe all his life. But it's not interesting to people who are spreading rumors about me, and gossip. Much more interesting is to slander a man than to dig into his records and find reliable information in order to lay down their own opinion. It is much easier to just agree with the gossipy, and repeat for the rest, wrote Lukyanova.
Unfortunately this is a mistake most people. They take someone else's opinion as the truth of the first instance.
No one mentioned that I was a singer, I sing opera , in the style of music - New Age, that I have a wide vocal range and coloratura soprano. I am a composer and has written over 70 songs on the theme of spiritual development. Why is it in his video subjects people do not mention that I evolve spiritually and lead seminars and workshops on astral travel, answer questions and help people understand themselves, she continued.
No one said that my looks, it is hard work for many years and good genes. Not mentioned in his video that I rawfoodist that I do not drink, I do not smoke, and I lead a healthy lifestyle, my goal is powered by prana.
And why do they all talk about this to people? the easiest way to slander and to me as a doll, for outer beauty is, nothing. But thanks to them for a PR, many thoughtful people, and I know what they are, will visit and conduct a private investigation. Benefit of information about me - the sea, so that even his sneer, they helped me. More people know about my teaching, my work and my ideas! Love and Light to you! she concluded. Adding, PS I use my looks to get through to people. I am a Lightworker.
The popularity of this living Barbie has alarmed some professionals, who think that it further exemplifies the objectification of females.
On Good Morning America on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony LaBruna, Plastic Surgeon Director of Manhattan Plastic Surgery, said, A women needs to get breast enhancements to be a 38DD and cut some ribs out to get an 18 waist, make the hips wider and change her face. Of course, the woman would have to go blonde like Barbie.
LaBruna did not disclose exactly how much Valeria Lukyanova might have spent on plastic surgery procedures to attain her current stature, but he estimated that the cost would be somewhere in the $100,000s.
Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, stressed the seriousness of undergoing plastic surgery to ABC News. Valeria is only 21, so certain milestones in growth and physical maturity ought to be considered before plastic surgery is performed. ASPS cautions patients to keep in mind that plastic surgery is real surgery with real risks, just as with any operation, so the decision should not be taken lightly, he said.
Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, told ABC News that the popularity of Valeria Lukyanvoa exemplifies the issue of objectification of women in society, regardless of how extreme her case is.
Barbie has always been controversial and really changed the discussion on how girls play, said Levin, author of the book, So Sexy So Soon: The Next Sexualized Childhood and How Parents Can Protect Their Kids. When Barbie came around, play suddenly became about dressing up and looking right and it eventually played a role in how women wanted to look in real life.
If society expects women to look like that, it is harder for almost any woman to totally resist it. This just feeds into our media screen culture, where being involved with real things are becoming more and more removed for children, Levin said. Even if she's totally Photoshopped, the fact that her body is being changed to one that no one actually can attain epitomizes what is happening in our society.