It's no secret that Andy Warhol was right: everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, and for Valeria Lukyanova, the reasons are quite extraordinary.
The Ukrainian model spent the past few years trying to look like the world's most famous doll. Or at least that's how she got the nickname Human Barbie. And now, the Barbie doll girl, Valeria, made a surprising post that shook up the Instagram community.
The real-life Barbie wasn't lying
When you think about a woman who wants to look like Barbie, it seems that plastic surgery is inevitable. Valeria Lukyanova denied plastic interventions and credited makeup tricks for her look.
Let's be honest: would you buy that? We didn't think so, but here's the truth.
The model posted selfies without makeup, and it's true: she's beautiful, but obviously wears tones of makeup.
As for her tiny waist, the jury is still out there. It seems like she spends a lot of time in the gym, but there also seem to be some alterations. Being Human Barbie is not a full-time job.
Still, the facial transformation is so unique that we were almost positively surprised. Almost.
She's still an adult looking like Human Barbie
Despite the simple fact that the Ukrainian model didn't lie about her appearance, the story is all kinds of freaky.
When girls dress up as princesses and Barbies, it's cute. But, when an adult not only lives on air but does her best to be like a doll, it's creepy.
Lukyanova is a breatharian, which means that she eats air, just like her favorite doll. She refuses to be called anorexic, and to make matters more interesting, she doesn't see herself as a Barbie.
Well, in an old interview, the model claims she is not a doll but a classy girl.
The face behind the makeup
35-year-old Valeria spends over an hour and a half doing her makeup every morning. Now, with her make-up free selfies, her Instagram followers got to see a real, very youthful and beautiful woman.
A daughter of a bodybuilder and an army officer, Lukyanova fell in love with her dolls as a child. Apart from her appearance, the Human Barbie is also smart.
She studied at the Odesa State Academy of Constructions and Architecture in Ukraine and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Architecture. She went on to pursue a career in modeling, acting, and singing.
What's more amusing is that she used to practice dark magic. Especially since in 2007, she won the Miss Diamond Crown competition. Beauty pageants and dark magic, plus architecture and singing? She really can do it all! Just like a Barbie!
Unhealthy yet hauntingly beautiful
There's something strangely compelling as well as disturbing about a thirty-something woman trying to display as a doll.
It's not so much about being a Barbie, but it's clear that her body looks unhealthy. The epic transformations still leave us with more questions than answers.
Lukyanova is married to her childhood friend, and she clearly has a life outside the beauty and Instagram bubble. Yet, creating that illusion, and living it, is freaky.
Is it all an act to gain attention, and therefore modeling jobs? Is the real Valeria the one we got used to over the past several years, or the one we just met?
We're low-key obsessing over the fact that people make money by pretending to be toys. At the same time, how do you live on air?
And finally, why put all that makeup on for so many years, when you're that naturally gorgeous?
Valeria Lukyanova, we're waiting for the answers!