She’s a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world. She definitely looks plastic, and it’s, uh … fantastic? Valeria Lukyanova says she’s the “most famous woman of the Russian-speaking Internet,” and it’s easy to see why.
Known online as the “real-life Barbie,” Lukyanova boasts a shockingly tiny waist coupled with Barbie’s famous — and realistically disproportionate — curves. Interestingly, V Magazine decided to photograph and interview Lukyanova for their “Girl Power” issue, which features a wet, topless Scarlett Johansson on its cover, and a nude S&M photo spread with Rihanna and Kate Moss.
In the interview, Lukyanova responds — sort of — to detractors who criticize her overly artificial appearance. “Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves,” says Valeria. “It’s 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.”
The living Barbie doll claims she’s not obsessed with appearance. “People don’t understand that it has nothing to do with looks,” says Lukyanova. “There are many good-looking young women, but why are they completely unknown? Because looks are just a bonus.”‘
But, aren’t Valeria’s looks exactly how she became well known enough for V Magazine to fly her to New York for the photo shoot?
Well, now that we know she’s not obsessed with her appearance, just what does Lukyanova do all day, besides post photos of herself online? “In the morning I work on my face and I get a massage, then I spend some time on the Internet. I meditate and travel in my astral body, and after that I work out at the gym.” See? Meditiation and astral body travel — it’s not all about looks.
Valeria purports to be an out-of-body traveler, who teaches others spiritual travel techniques. In her spare time, she’s also a “professional mountain climber.” OK, then.