The Surreal Transformation Of Valeria Lukyanova Into A 'Human Barbie' (2024)

Ukrainian model and influencer Valeria Lukyanova has found fame as the real-life Barbie doll — though she claims her doll-like appearance is completely natural.

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Valeria Lukyanova/FacebookDue to her extreme body modifications, Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has become known as the “Human Barbie Doll.”

Also known as the “Human Barbie Doll,” Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova looks like she’s undergone numerous surgeries to construct her surreal appearance. Yet she claims she’s only had one procedure done — a breast enhancement.

While Lukyanova’s strange look might be the first thing you notice about her, her worldview is even more bizarre. If the eyes really are a window to the soul, Lukyanova’s doll-like peepers serve as a portal to a spirit whose “teachings” include “out-of-body” travel and reincarnation.

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Due to her extreme body modifications, Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has become known as the "Human Barbie Doll."Valeria Lukyanova/Facebook

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The "Human Barbie Doll" Valeria Lukyanova.Valeria Lukyanova/Facebook

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Lukyanova began rebelling against her father at age 13 — but she describes her style then as more goth.Flickr

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As she gained more and more notoriety, her appearance grew increasingly stylized.Instagram

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While breast augmentation is the only surgery she's admitted to, many plastic surgeons have expressed skepticism.Facebook

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Plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk believes Lukyanova has at least had rhinoplasty, noting the geometrical disparity between her nose and the rest of her face.Instagram

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Lukyanova started modeling at 16 after moving to Odessa, Ukraine — and is clearly not afraid to pose with sizable snakes.Facebook

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While many including Dr. Rizk believe Lukyanova has undergone extreme contouring to reduce her waist size, the model is adamant that she gets her shape from her diet and workout regimen.Facebook

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This early photo of the Human Barbie reveals just how much she's changed her appearance. Instagram

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Here's Lukyanova at the counter of a deli, with wide eyes and special contact lenses giving her a doll-like facial expression.Facebook

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Valeria Lukyanova insists that she didn't alter her body to attract men. Instagram

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A natural brunette, Lukyanova claims she relies on nothing but hair dye, a one-and-a-half-hour makeup regimen, and healthy foods to accomplish her look.Facebook

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As the years have taken Lukyanova from Facebook to Instagram, her physical transformation has become even more evident. Facebook

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Lukyanova experimenting with various hair colors and contact lenses.Facebook

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The "Human Barbie Doll" has virtually perfected looking like a lifeless doll in certain poses.Facebook

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Lukyanova's physical proportions of 34-18-34 are pretty close to what a Barbie's would be: 39-18-33.Facebook

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Valeria Lukyanova and "human Ken doll" Justin Jedlica met on a TV show in 2013. According to her, his total surgery expenditures of $800,000 are exorbitant — as she claims to be entirely natural save for breast augmentation.Facebook

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Lukyanova in a remarkably natural look when contrasted to her other, more stylized images.Instagram

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Replete with a dress straight out of a Disney movie, Lukyanova often looks like an inanimate object — which feminist Anna Hutsol believes potentially has to do with the model's search for a husband.Facebook

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Lukyanova has often said that she has no desire to have children nor does she modify her body to attract a partner.Facebook

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In addition to her work as a model, Lukyanova is also a seminar leader on spiritual topics, a DJ, and capable singer.Instagram

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Lukyanova was born in Moldova, one of Europe's poorest countries. Facebook

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The Human Barbie's life has been documented and explored in numerous TV segments, documentaries, and eastern European talk shows.Facebook

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She once said she followed a breatharian diet of nothing but light and air. More recently Lukyanova said she eats a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.Facebook

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The Human Barbie occasionally phases in a liquid-based diet.Facebook

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Lukyanova stated that altering one's appearance even surgically is tolerable if it improves the person's outlook, then went on to say that "race-mixing" leads to unattractive offspring and "degeneration."Facebook

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The Human Barbie tirelessly maintains her physique regular sessions at the gym.Instagram

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Valeria Lukyanova's final form — a seemingly lifeless doll so curated it appears nonhuman. Ironically, she finds the Barbie nickname degrading — and says she's just "a classy girl" who takes care of herself.Facebook

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Though her unusual beliefs could easily drag you down a rabbit hole, Lukyanova's Barbie-esque appearance remains the source of her mystique.

How did Valeria Lukyanova decide on such an extreme transformation? How much did it cost her — and how does the real-life Barbie explain her mystical beliefs? Let's find out.

Who Is Valeria Lukyanova?

Born Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova on August 23, 1985, she initially seemed far from becoming a real-life Barbie. From Tiraspol in Moldova, as an adolescent Lukyanova opted for a goth look that matched the gloomy realities of her city — a Soviet remnant and Europe's poorest country.

She rebelled against her Siberian-born grandfather and father at 13 by dyeing her hair and wearing all-black. Bullied and called a witch, Lukyanova opted to lean into her appearance rather than pull back. Perhaps an early sign of body modifications to come, she got artificial fangs and bracelets with two-inch spikes.

Valeria Lukyanova began modeling at 16. She quickly sharpened her hair-and-makeup skills and has always claimed her looks were never intended to attract men. In fact, she once accidentally (or intentionally) cut someone with her bracelet spike when he tried to hold her hand.

"A dude would try to talk to me on the street," she said in an interview with GQ, switching to a deep voice, "and I'd be like, 'Oh honey, aren't I glad I had that operation.'"

She moved to Ukraine's port city of Odesa, where sex and "marriage agencies" devoted to finding the perfect wife for Western husbands are huge industries. Ukrainian feminist Anna Hutsol told GQ that it makes perfect sense that Lukyanova's urge for transformation began here.

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InstagramValeria Lukyanova insists that she didn't alter her body to attract men.

"It has everything to do with the desperate desire to get married," she said. "A woman here is brought up for two things: marriage and motherhood. Valeria is the ultimate demonstration of what a Ukrainian woman is willing to do to herself. I bet she is exactly what men dream about."

However, despite her stylized and artificial appearance, Lukyanova strongly dislikes the Barbie monicker, arguing that she is just "a classy girl."

The Human Barbie Doll's Body

The only surgery Lukyanova will admit to is breast augmentation, which she got after dying her hair platinum blonde and meeting a construction magnate named Dmitry. As her foray into social media influencer status began, so did a noticeable transformation — likely involving additional surgeries.

However, because she denies having had any other procedures, we have no idea how much her Barbie-like body might have cost.

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FacebookValeria Lukyanova wears blue contact lenses over her naturally green eyes.

The now-35-year-old claims that her one-and-a-half-hour-long makeup routine sculpts her doll-like face. But plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk is confident Valeria Lukyanova has had several surgeries, from rhinoplasty to body contouring to reduce her waist size.

According to him, her intensive makeup regimen and special contact lenses could accomplish the rest of her appearance without invasive operation.

By contrast, she met the "human Ken doll" on a TV show in February 2013. Male model Justin Jedlica has spent over $800,000 on about 780 cosmetic procedures — something Valeria Lukyanova claimed was too extreme. After all, she maintains her body is largely natural.

"We all have changed since childhood," she said in a rare TV interview with E! News. "From the age of 14 years, I have not particularly changed, except for body and hair color."

Though this real-life Barbie used to be adamant that she didn't use Photoshop to digitally alter her appearance, Lukyanova has since admitted to editing her images in order to "achieve smoothness."

"Everyone wants a slim figure," she said. "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."

This takes us to the Human Barbie's idea of beauty — and what else that might entail.

Valeria Lukyanova's Bizarre Beliefs

While Valeria Lukyanova is known for her looks, she espouses some rather controversial views on what she calls "race-mixing." Lukyanova said that the modern increase in interracial relationships has made subsequent generations uglier.

"Ethnicities are mixing now, so there's degeneration, and it didn't use to be like that," she said. "Remember how many beautiful women there were in the 1950s and 1960s, without surgery? And now, thanks to degeneration, we have this. I love the Nordic image myself. I have white skin."

Despite her views on global reproductive trends, Lukyanova is starkly against having children herself.

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Valeria Lukyanova/FacebookThe "Human Barbie Doll" Valeria Lukyanova.

"It's unacceptable to me," she said. "The very idea of having children brings out this deep revulsion in me. Most people have children to fulfill their own ambitions, not to give anything. They don't think about what they can give this child, what they can teach her...I'd rather die from torture."

Valeria Lukyanova has certainly amassed an intriguing repertoire of things to teach — from painting her nails in fractal patterns she claims came into her dreams from "the 21st dimension" and calling herself Amatue, to a breatharian diet that consists solely of sunlight and air.

Most recently, however, she's stated how "degrading" she finds her nickname, that she eats a fruit and vegetable-heavy diet, and is a successful autodidact who's been unfairly maligned. In the end, however, it's all about her unusual, real-life Barbie looks.

"Those who are unsatisfied with what I do and critique me and offend me clearly don't have the same figure as I do," she said. "Otherwise they would not be so negative. They are openly jealous."

After learning about real-life human Barbie doll Valeria Lukyanova, read about the weirdest people in history. Then, take a look at a brief history of cosmetic surgery.

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