Ukranian Model Valeria Lukyanova, Barbie-lookalike, calls herself a “Living Doll”. The story of her transformation via cosmetic surgeries and some impossible looking and weirdly fakish photos have been all over the internet this week. Is she is real? One man comes forward to say she is trying to get money from him and he thinks it’s a scam.
An Uxbridge man says he’s busted as a scam the eye-popping photos of a blonde Ukrainian beauty who claims to have reached a lifelong dream of being a real-life Barbie doll.
Lukyanova has sparked dozens of media stories speculating how much plastic surgery she’s had or how much her photos have been Photoshopped. “It’s all a scam and it is fake,” said Tony Oxley, a school board caretaker. “This same woman tried to get money from me a couple weeks ago.”
“I played her along for a little while and she sent me more pictures,” he said. “She then wanted $900 to buy airline tickets to come to Canada to be with me.”
“I don’t think she is real, and I am convinced she is a scam targeting people,” he said on Saturday. “People should be careful and not send money to anyone they meet by e-mail.”
Here is a link to some before photos.
And here is more of the currently circulating photos.
She also says a lot of New Age stuff:
… I rawfoodist that I do not drink, I do not smoke, and I lead a healthy lifestyle, my goal is powered by prana.
I use my looks to get through to people. I am a Lightworker.
She is real. See this video.
But notice that she does not stand up and move around. I would bet money that the pictures are photoshopped. She is impossibly skinny and her skin tone is plastic, too smooth and no bones show. There is some uncanny valley-like feeling I get from them.
Then there are claims that this is part of a spoof.
While many of Lukyanova’s pictures do appear to be photographs of a real person, her body and facial features are so surreal in other shots that it seems her appearance could not have been achieved without surgical enhancement – or a heavy dose of Photoshop.
Lukyanova’s big blue eyes are cartoonishly childlike, her eyebrows are pencil-thin and unnaturally high, her skin has a flawless plastic sheen, and she boasts long, silky blond Barbie hair.
As a comparison, this woman, while much older claims to have had 100 surgeries and spent a half million. Not impressive. If you chose to make yourself look less human, that’s OK. But it’s very weird. At this point, I would not be so sure that some person genuinely looks like this or even CAN look like that and be alive. I don’t trust any photos. Neither should you. This episode does show something interesting, the perfect Barbie form is intolerably creepy. And even cosmetic surgery that achieves so called perfection, can make things look too unnatural.
UPDATE (6-May-2012) Do girls really want to look like Barbie? Probably not. But her clothes were cool.