It’s official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today’s example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name – Fukkacumi.
19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called “the new Barbie” by national news outlets, but she later revealed she’s striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll.
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn’t enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
You may recall a past story about a “real-life Barbie”, Valeria Lukyanova, where it was clear that she was a real person but the photos were certainly altered to make her appearance more dramatic. The same seems true here.
Check out this picture:
It’s odd and her waist is incredibly tiny. But she admits she works carefully with makeup. Look at this closeup where you can clearly see how she enhances her features with shading and highlighting.
It’s quite brilliant. But still disturbing. It’s not healthy to want so badly to reject who you are to physically become some fictional being. It’s important to keep in mind that almost NO photos you see in publications or advertisements are untouched. They are altered and do not represent real life. Art? Yes. Reality? No.