Barbie has had some pretty great achievements. She became an astronaut in 1965, a paleontologist in 1997, a computer engineer in 2010, and a game developer in 2016. She's had kids, she's found a doting husband (what's up Ken?), and she's got crazy-good style. The multi-talented, ever-hustling collectable doll is an inspiration to so many young girls for so many great reasons. None of those great reasons are the way that she looks, but that doesn't stop women from going to extreme lengths to look just like real life Barbie dolls.
In Odessa, Ukraine, leagues of women are turning themselves into Barbie. It's unclear why the city is a hotbed for Barbie plastic surgery, but the weirdness of it isn't lost on the Internet. At one point, real-life Barbie and Odessa-resident Valeria Lukyanova claimed to be the most Googled person in all of Russia.
Men and women who try to look like Barbie dolls aren't just limited to the Ukraine - they exist across the United States and South America, and just like the famed doll, they're pretty darn popular. Instagram is their glass display case of choice, and it turns out, if you live up to impossible beauty standards, you might just wind up with thousands of Instagram followers and millions of YouTube subscribers.
These people have transformed themselves into human dolls and their path to Barbie's dream house is shocking - from hours-long doll makeup routines to cutting out ribs for a slimmer waistline.
Valeria Lukyanova has a doll-like look that's so unbelievably striking that she became the subject of a short Vice documentary and even nabbed a role in a horror flick called The Doll (you can guess which part she played). Though the Odessa-based model has been dubbed a human Barbie in the press, she doesn't think she bears much resemblance to the blonde collectable.
"I do not think that I look like a Barbie," she told Too Fab. "I think I just look like a classy girl."
Lukyanova spends about an hour and half on makeup every day, which she finds "motivating." Rumors have been swirling about Lukyanova's giant eyes, which look so impossibly big it'd be shocking if she didn't achieve them through surgery. Commenters claim she had her eyelids trimmed, but she denied those assertions in 2016.
Lukyanova instead attributes her beauty to a bizarrely racist ideology (and a liquid diet). She believes that classic beauty cannot be achieved without plastic surgery in the modern age because people are "race-mixing." In an eye opening GQ interview, she explained her point of view.
"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. I love the Nordic image myself. I have white skin; I am a Nordic type - perhaps a little Eastern Baltic, but closer to Nordic."
Если ты излучаешь энергию Любви твои вибрации каждое мгновение повышаются и это трансформирует все сферы твоего бытия pic.twitter.com/OcqFpJN3JG— Olga Oleynik (@OlgaOleyniks) June 28, 2013
Olga Oleynik, AKA Dominika, is another Odessa-based Barbie. In fact, she's often referred to as Valeria Lukyanova's twin (they are IRL besties who met online – what are the odds?).
Much like Lukyanova, Oleynik went to great lengths to look like a Barbie. She had a breast augmentation and regularly wears contact lenses to give her doll's eyes.
If you happen to see two real-life Barbie dolls strolling down the street together Toy Story-style, don't be alarmed. In 2012, the pair moved to America together, and our humble country has never been the same.
Angelica Kenova, a Russian model, claims her desire to be a living doll came from her sheltered upbringing.
"Growing up, my parents raised me like a princess and never let me go out, date boys or have the usual adult experiences. As a result, I am not fit for real life - I'm like a living doll," she said in an interview. "My mum and dad have been overprotective all my life. Some parents practically chuck their child out of the family home when they reach the age of 18, but not mine."
Kenova (aka "Russian Barbie") developed an obsession with Barbie around age six when her mother started buying her different Barbie dolls and dressing her up like a real-life doll. According to the model, her mother urged and inspired her to look just like the Barbie, and she would spend hours posing in the mirror striving to get the perfect look, which she's pretty much mastered. Eyes that devoid of emotion and body language that stiff doesn't just appear one day overnight – it's hard work.
Though Kenova looks like a real-life doll, she claims she hasn't gotten any plastic surgery to achieve her look. Instead, she got in shape the old fashioned way - a strict diet and intense workout regime.
Odessa, Ukraine, is a breeding ground for human Barbies. Alina Kovalevskaya is no exception. Just like her predecessors, the Odessa-based model denies that she's had plastic surgery to achieve her doll-like look. Instead, she grew out her hair until it was a meter long and naturally has a little nose, big eyes, and small, plump lips.
Barbie's proportions are impossible to achieve, and Kovalevskaya doesn't even try. Instead, she focuses on Barbie's facial features. She's also surprisingly normal. According to The Huffington Post, she studied psychology in college.