There's more to “Human Barbie” than her preternatural proportions. Valeria Lukyanova, the Ukrainian twentysomething who shot to Internet fame in 2012 for her doll-like appearance, is back in a new documentary entitled “Space Barbie: My Life Online.”
Rather than focusing on her animated looks and small waistline, the documentary seeks to explain Lukyanova’s role as a “time-traveling spiritual guru.” Referring to her as “Space Barbie,” the 20-minute documentary boasts that it will show “how physical perfection truly is the best medium through which to deliver life-changing philosophy to the human race.”
“Greetings, people of planet Earth,” Lukyanova says in her native tongue as the documentary begins. The “real-life Barbie” is then seen holding a snake, sporting a long, blond beard and sitting Indian-style as she stares into space, literally, while promoting her philosophy.
“The aim of my life is to come to this planet to help people to realize that it is necessary to move from the role of the ‘human consumer’ to the role of ‘human demi-god,’” she says.
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Lukyanova goes on to explain how she became spiritual as “Amatue,” leading dialogues about out-of-body travel. The blonde beauty asserts that if a “beautiful, inspiring young woman starts talking” about spirituality, then “many people will start thinking.”
“I use my appearance to promote my spiritual ideas,” she says. “It works perfectly well. That’s why I will always use this tool….If a nun starts talking about spirituality, will anyone notice her? No, no one will.”
She also said that at one point she wondered if her powers were being mistaken for insanity. “I asked myself whether everything was alright with my head,” Lukyanova said, after admitting to hearing voices and having visions. “One day I decided to visit a psychiatrist…He said that I was very lucky I ended up coming to him because if it was another doctor, I definitely would have been taken into a ‘special place.’”
Lukyanova, a doe-eyed Ukrainian 20-something with a figure resembling a Barbie doll, first became an international sensation after posting several videos and photos online and generating a large fan base. Jezebel was the first media outlet to take notice of Lukyanova in April 2012, after the blonde had been posting videos -- mostly makeup tutorials or spiritual lectures -- online since November 2011.
Referred to as “Human Barbie” and “Living Doll,” Lukyanova's fame grew even more when she was the subject of an interview with V Magazine. The Internet starlet opened up about her life as an "astral projection" teacher at the School of Out-of-Body-Travel, which she explained is a school to teach oneself how to go on a spiritual journey.
"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," she told V Magazine. "I know that this is the future of mankind and that it has huge potential."
But in the new Vice documentary, Lukyanova insists she “never tried to look like a doll” and addressed the other “doll-like” superstars on the Internet, including Dakota Rose and Anastasiya Shpagina.
“I think that people who try to look like dolls are essentially seeking fame,” she says. “They think that fame will help them achieve their goals.”
The documentary also introduces her sister, Olga Lukyanova, who admitted at one point to wanting to look more like her sister but not like a Barbie.
“I never thought that my sister would be called a Barbie,” Olga says. “She’s always had this doll-like look, but a doll is associated with an unintelligent person, and since my sister is very bright and interesting, I’ve never associated her with Barbie.”
Valeria Lukyanova also addressed rumors of her plastic surgery and her perception in the media and shows how a ritual with her “spiritual soulmates” happens in a candlelit ceremony in the documentary.
The full video can be viewed here, at Vice Magazine.