“Human Barbie” Valeria Lukyanova takes the art of human transformation to a disturbing extreme. Her efforts to turn herself into a living Barbie doll include plastic surgery, hair extensions, and more makeup than any 12 Kardashians. “Human Ken” Justin Jedlica derisively refers to her as a “drag queen,” as though her transformation is less valid than his because hers involves makeup and his took $150,000 worth of plastic surgery. But when encountering a manipulated public image as extreme as Lukyanova’s, a person can’t help but wonder just what she looks like under all that highlighter and paint.
Now we know, sort of. Lukyanova’s taken to posting workout selfies on her Facebook page that show her without her standard eyelashes, contact lenses, and intense eye makeup. She might still be wearing some makeup, but it’s a dramatically lighter look than she normally goes for. The Human Barbie, in her human guise, looks like this:
Jedlica said that without her makeup Lukyanova was just a “plain Jane,” but her new selfies prove that is a baldfaced lie. Even without all the makeup, Lukyanova still looks more like a plastic doll than a normal person.
Unfortunately, Lukyanova is never in the news for rescuing children from landslides or doing amazing things for humanity. First she insisted that human beings do not need food to survive and can live on light and air, like plants, despite the fact that human bodies do not possess chloroplasts and cannot in fact digest sunlight. She credits her terrifying fasting diet with her Barbie-esque waist and stomach, but seriously, human beings cannot digest sunlight.
Most recently, Lukyanova has been in the news for coming out as a super racist. She recently did an interview with GQ in which she spouted off against the evils of interracial relationships on the grounds that miscegenation is making humanity less physically attractive.
“Everyone fixes up their face if it’s not ideal, you know? That’s because of the race-mixing. For example, a Russian marries an Armenian. 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. Ethnicities 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.”
There’s no way to make that make sense or be less awful than it is. After we’ve all had to read her atrocious thoughts on “race-mixing,” there’s not much she could do to repair her image. Normally when a celebrity strips off their makeup it serves to humanize them and make us realize that we’re all the same underneath. When Lukyanova does it, it’s too little way too late.