Did the 21-year-old Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova have plastic surgery?
21-year-old Ukrainian model who has the face and body of Barbie doll has been causing a storm on the Internet after her blog, Facebook profile and the hundreds of photos she has posted of herself caught the attention of western media.
Valeria Lukyanova, graduate from Odessa State Academy of Constructions and Architecture, Russia, claims on her blog that she is the most famous woman in the country thanks to her Barbie doll appearance.
Lukyanova claims her look is au natural, however many people believe she has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries to achieve her look. Others were quick to speculate if the photos were even real but a quick look at her video suggests the young lady is in fact real.Image Credit, Sina News, 2012. Image Credit: NY Daily, 2012.
In her videos she talks about travel exercise and make up, and on her blog she posts up advice and statements on life wisdom.
Experts such as Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, are worried that the self-promotion of such a look has a negative influence on social expectations of today’s women. She said:
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“Barbie has always been controversial and really changed the discussion on how girls play…
“When Barbie came around, play suddenly became about dressing up and looking right and it eventually played a role in how women wanted to look in real life..
“If society expects women to look like that, it is harder for almost any woman to totally resist it.”
For this reason Levin encourage parents to educate their children about sexualization, and how the media may influence the public when it comes to appearance and attractiveness.