The Life of Human Barbie

Few years ago, the whole world — or at least the whole Internet — became obsessed with Valeria Lukyanova, aka “Human Barbie.”

She refuses to give her age, but various reports put her anywhere from 24 to 29 years old. Jezebel can be credited with first digging up a video of her supposed transformation in April 2012, followed by a Vice documentary and a V Magazine photo shoot. Daily Mail gleefully documented her every move.

Everyone marveled at her physical Barbieness: Huge boobs, tiny waist, long blonde hair, creepily disconcerting made-up doll eyes. The online peanut gallery debated whether or not she’d removed ribs to make her waist appear smaller, and if it was indeed possible to survive on light and air, as she claimed she did; some even accused her of Photoshopping her images.


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