ODESSA, Ukraine -- A 21-year-old woman from Ukraine claims to be an all natural, real-life Barbie, ABC news reports.
Valeria Lukyanova, 21, has become an internet sensation in her home country of Ukraine for being a self-proclaimed real-life Barbie doll, the Daily Mail reports.
Valeria Lukyanova is gaining national attention with photos of her posted on her Facebook page featuring a wide-eyed, nearly fake-looking woman wearing risqué outfits that closely resemble the iconic doll.
Many people are not buying her claims to be a real-life Barbie doll.
Many of them believe she has either undergone plastic surgery or uses Photoshop to carve out her tiny waist.
On her blog, Lukyanova says she is the most famous woman on the Ukrainian Internet because of her doll-like looks.
She has hundreds of photos posted to her Facebook page that feature her looking eerily similar to a Barbie doll, with almost a mask-type appearance, disproportionately large breasts and wide, icy-blue eyes.
Channel 9 attempted to contact Lukyanova on her Facebook page for comment, but has not heard back from her.
Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, told ABC News the mystery of her existence is not the issue.
The problem is that her flaunted image epitomizes and exemplifies the issue of objectification of women in today’s society.
“Barbie has always been controversial and really changed the discussion on how girls play,” said Levin, author of the book, “So Sexy So Soon: The Next Sexualized Childhood and How Parents Can Protect Their Kids.”
”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.”
Source: WSOC TV