The Real Life Barbie Doll’s first fashion foray
Back in April, everyone went bananas for Valeria Lukyonova, a Ukrainian 21-year-old with a 50cm waist who bore eerily similar looks to Mattel’s most famous plaything.
Since cementing her status as worldwide Internet sensation, the darkest recesses of Google since bestowed us with best friend, Anastasiya Shpagina – the “Real Life Anime” – and an emergent subculture of people obsessed with dressing up as fictional characters.
As of yesterday, cosplay-ers everywhere have new inspiration to turn to in imitating the strangely svelte, illusory, doe-eyed human riddle as V magazine dedicated an entire spread to Lukyonova.
As part of the magazine’s “Girl Power” issue, the cosmetically enhanced figure is shot by lauded fashion photographer Sebastian Faena in an image series not aesthetically dissimilar to the shots on her personal Facebook page and blog that originally made her famous.
In a bandana bikini, metallic gold material and overstated accessories, the hypnotic now-model bequeathed some insight on her character, shedding light on her professional life (she works as a teacher at the international School of Out-of-Body Travel... we’re not sure either), spirituality, personal interests (she’s a new age opera music enthusiast) and haters, “Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves. Its hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists. This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. It’s how they explain their continued inaction. It’s just an excuse. There are plenty of video clips on the Internet showing what I really look like. Some people even spread rumours about me and retouch my pictures to hurt me, but I don’t take them seriously. I’m even flattered! It’s what success is like. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job.
“If you spend time working only on your appearance and you forget about your inner self, people will not be interested in you because they will not feel anything.
“Many people think you need only good looks to be successful, but it’s not true—only spiritual work can bear tangible results,” and even the process by which she selects her daily get up is informed by “spiritual practises”.
We invite you to mull over the mysticism in the gallery above.