Ukrainian Barbie. If you have not heard of this catchy phrase then let me tell you why it’s been in various media outlets recently. The Ukrainian Barbie is a woman who is known as the “Human Barbie Doll.” Her name is Valeria Lukyanova and she has been catching medias attention with her extremely tiny waist and her porcelain like face. To make it clear Valeria is not Ukrainian but in fact she is from Tiraspol, Moldova. The Washington Post makes a statement that this is another side to Ukraine and as a Ukrainian I must say that this statement gives a false representation of Ukrainian culture. Not all Ukrainians look like barbies and most are much more traditional compared to this Human Barbie. But getting back to Valeria Lukyanova, she does closely resembles a barbie and she is adamant in having a strong self promotion.
If you type in her name, you can see that the western media is loving her in a weird way. She has established her own Wikipedia page, made headlines on E! News, the Washington Post and even in GQ magazine. The Human Barbie has also many followers on her Twitter and YouTube channel.
Valeria has recently made controversial statements in her GQ interview. The reporter had lunch with her in Indian restaurant in Odessa, Ukraine. When questioned about her fake name, Amatue, and how it is about reincarnation (an Eastern Philosophy.) The interviewer preceded with a statement that Valeria’s beauty is very Western. “American, even.” Her reply?
“I wouldn’t say so. Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done. Everyone fixes up their face if it’s not ideal, you know? Everyone strives for the golden mean. It’s global now.” The reporter replied that the idea of beauty is changing and it is different than what it used to be.
Lukyanova’s replied with “That’s because of the race-mixing. For example, a Russian marries an Armenian,” Valeria elaborates helpfully. “They have a kid, a cute girl, but she has her dad’s nose. She goes and files it down a little, and it’s all good. Ethnicity are mixing now, so there’s degeneration, and it didn’t used to be like that. Remember how many beautiful women there were in the 1950s and 1960s, without any surgery? And now, thanks to degeneration, we have this. I love the Nordic image myself. I have white skin; I am a Nordic type—perhaps a little Eastern Baltic, but closer to Nordic.
Valeria does not see just how racist her comments are to other people. I find race-mixing extremely beautiful and exotic. When people come together to share their cultures , it shows that we are accepting and loving towards one another no matter what race you are. Valeria’s comments about race-mixing and degeneration reveals an insecurity that she has towards herself. She uses makeup to cover her natural self and her slightest imperfections.
The Human Barbie makes a point that her image is picking up and that she is going to travel to Turkey for a talk show appearance. When asked if she plans to stay in Ukraine, she replies with “The next step is to cut off Ukraine entirely, because all I get here is shit. Why waste my time on this?”
Not everyone is a fan of the Human Barbie, especially the American Human Ken; who has had 140 cosmetic procedures to look like Ken. When Ken met Barbie for the first time, he said she looked like a “drag queen” and thinks she’s “illusionist.”
The “Ukrainian” Barbie doesn’t have everyone’s approval regarding her looks; however, she is getting all the publicity she wants and she is very good at promoting herself. She uses her YouTube channel as a self promotion tool by posting makeup tutorials. People are so fascinated by her looks that they keep coming back to see how she achieves them. I think the main reason as to why she is getting so much publicity is because the public is not used to seeing such a huge difference in physical appearance, especially when you look like an icon doll. Plastic surgeries get done everyday but you still do not look like a barbie (unless you have 140 cosmetic procedures.) The Human Barbie might be getting all the publicity she wants right now, but in time, just like with everything, someone or something will take her spot.