Valeria Lukyanova

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Valeria Lukyanova
Valeria Lukyanova (cropped).jpg
Born Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova
(1985-08-23) August 23, 1985 (age 31)
Tiraspol, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union[1] (present-day Moldova)
Residence Cancún, Mexico[2]
Citizenship Ukraine
Occupation Model
Spouse(s) Dmitry Shkrabov
Modeling information
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green / Gray / Blue

Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova (Ukrainian: Вале́рія Вале́ріївна Лук'я́нова; Russian: Валерия Валерьевна Лукьянова; born on August 23, 1985) is a Ukrainian model and entertainer, notable for her resemblance to a Barbie doll, with several sources describing her as, among other handles, a "real-life Barbie doll" and "human Barbie".[4] To enhance the effect Lukyanova uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green/gray/blue eyes.[5] She has stated that she has had breast implants, but that the rest of her body is completely natural and slender due to daily gym workouts and a special diet.[5]

Early life[edit]

Valeria Lukyanova was born on 23 August 1985 in Tiraspol, in what was then part of Moldavian SSR in the Soviet Union.[6][7] Her mother, Irina, worked for the military sector and her father was a builder who also worked part-time as a disc jockey.[8] As a child, Lukyanova had a very large doll collection, and she was intrigued by spirituality.[8][9] She has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Odessa State Academy of Constructions and Architecture.[3][10]


In 2007, Lukyanova won the World Wide beauty contest "Miss Diamond Crown of the World".[6][11][12] There were about 300 contestants in the beauty pageant. Any said female could participate in this competition, and there was nothing in the rules forbidding plastic surgery and body modification.[13][14] After her victory, she had multiple photo sessions and interviews in the Russian media, some even including erotic photos.[15][16][17][18] Lukyanova developed a worldwide following for her Barbie doll-like appearance after she posted numerous photos and videos of herself on the web.[19] Her first famous interview and photos outside Russia were posted by Jezebel website, followed by a professional photosession in V by Sebastian Faena.[19]

Lukyanova is an instructor at the School of Out-of-Body Travel,[9] described as "an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body."[9] It has been reported her "spiritual name" is Amatue.[9][20]

She rose to prominence after reports of her "almost inhuman beauty" surfaced online. This led the media to describe her as a "human Barbie",[9] "real-life Barbie doll",[20] and "living Barbie".[3] She was the subject of the 2013 documentary film Space Barbie by Vice, which depicted her life.[20][21]

Media outlets have raised skepticism over Lukyanova's case. ABC News suggested that Lukyanova was no more than a hoax aided by the likes of Photoshop.[9] A Boston-based educator regarded Lukyanova as an example of the negative effects of media objectification.[22][23] To remove the Photoshop accusations, Lukyanova posted numerous videos on YouTube and appeared several times on the primary federal Russian TV channels.[10][24] For example, in June 2012 she gave a 40-minute interview on the TV-show "Live television" on "Russia-1" TV.[10] She also appeared in March 2013 on "Channel One Russia" in a program about the Chelyabinsk meteor.[25] Lukyanova has stated in magazines and on TV that she has never undergone plastic surgery, apart from an operation on her breasts.[10][26][27] She also denies that she removed any ribs to make her waist smaller.[28][29] Lukyanova blamed her enemies for altering her old photos in Photoshop.[23] As of March 2014, Lukyanova had 997,812 Facebook fans, 10,030 Twitter followers, over 30 million views on YouTube, and also, as of August 2013, there are 336,565 followers in the Russian social network VK.[30][31][32] She has over 100 songs in her repertoire, some of which she posted online.[23]

In 2013 Lukyanova participated in the documentary movie The Phase, which was posted on YouTube in 7 languages.[33] She is also composer as well as opera singer and already recorded two albums of New Age music style, "Sun in the Eyes" and "2013" with the name Amatue. [34] In 2012 Lukyanova wrote a book, "Astral Travel Amatue", about her astral trips and released for free download in her website. [1]

Lukyanova also appeared in the 2016 Feature horror movie The Doll, directed and written by Susannah O’Brien; the film is also produced by O'Brien's production company, Sahara Vision Productions. The film, which also features Mindy Robinson and Ron Jeremy, revolves around Lukyanova portraying an escort made from doll parts created by a doctor to recruit others to kill, and the two men who requested her. The role is also her debut as a star in a feature film.[35][36]

Personal life[edit]

Lukyanova was born in Tiraspol, Moldova, resided in Odessa, Ukraine since she was 16 years old up to 2014, and claims to be of "Eastern Baltic, but closer to Nordic" origin.[37] She is married to Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Shkrabov, her childhood friend.[26][38] She is a strict raw vegetarian, living on a liquid diet.[6][10]

In February 2014, she announced that she would try not to partake food or water for an unspecified time, in an attempt to live exclusively on light and air, a practice called Breatharianism.[39] However, later she stopped this experiment, stating: "I still would like to do Breatharianism someday. But right now I am far from it, and I do not know when I will do it".[40]

In a 2014 GQ interview, she expressed her views on race-mixing, describing it as a problem, stating, "Ethnicities are mixing now, so there's degeneration".[41] She said that she does not want to have children or a "family lifestyle."[41]

On Halloween night 2014, Valeria reported to police that she was punched and strangled by two men outside her home, after receiving anonymous threats for over the past two years.[42] She was hospitalized and released a week later.[42]

In 2014, the War in Donbass started in Ukraine, so claiming due to the political unrest, Valeria and her husband moved from Odessa (Ukraine) to Moscow (Russia).[43][44][45] In Moscow, Valeria participated in Dosso Dossi's fashion show as a model.[46]



  • 2009: "Sun in the Eyes" [47]
  • 2013: "2013" [48]


  • 2013: One Expectation (Alessandro Ambrosio feat. Amatue) [49]

Music Videos[edit]

  • 2010: "Venus" [50]
  • 2011: "Endless eternity" [51]


  • 2012: "Astral Travel Amatue"


  • 2013: "The Phase"
  • 2016: "The Doll"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The weird world of Valeria Lukyanova". 
  2. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova Instagram". 
  3. ^ a b c Soldak, Katya (June 5, 2012). "Deconstructing a Ukrainian Barbie". Forbes. 
  4. ^ "LIVING DOLL". V Magazine. 
  5. ^ a b Whitelocks, Sadie (1 February 2013). "Our childhood dreams shattered". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Jackson, Kate. "Bizarre obsessions of real-life Barbie". London: The Sun. 
  7. ^ "Living Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova Reveals Her Spiritual Side". Huffington Post. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Things to Know About The Private Life of Living Doll". International Business Times. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Living Doll". V Magazine. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Живая Барби – Валерия Лукъянова". 
  11. ^ "Одесская Барби Валерия Лукьянова". 
  12. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova – winning a beauty contest". 
  13. ^ "Бриллиантовая корона 2007". 
  14. ^ "Бриллиантовая корона» – всеукраинский конкурс красоты". 
  15. ^ "Валерия Лукьянова". 
  16. ^ "Валерия Лукьянова (Amatue): истинная красота кроется внутри". 
  17. ^ "Популярная Барби Валерия Лукьянова снялась обнаженной для западного глянца". 
  18. ^ "Одесская Барби обнажилась". Komsomolskaya Pravda. 
  19. ^ a b "LIVING DOLL". V Magazine. 
  20. ^ a b c Mosbergen, Dominique (July 29, 2013). "Real-Life Barbie Documentary: Valeria Lukyanova, 'Living Barbie,' Featured By Vice (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 
  21. ^ "Space Barbie". Vice (magazine). 
  22. ^ Conley, Mikaela (April 23, 2012). "The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll". ABC News. 
  23. ^ a b c "16 Questions for the Real-Life Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova". The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company. 
  24. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova". 
  25. ^ "Выпуск от 16 марта". Channel One Russia. 
  26. ^ a b Nemtsova, Anna (August 5, 2013). "16 Questions for the ‘Real-Life Barbie,’ Valeria Lukyanova". The Daily Beast. 
  27. ^ "Living Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova Responds To Media Criticism". International Business Times. 
  28. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova vs. yellow journalism". 
  29. ^ "Девушка-Барби Валерия Лукьянова пыталась покончить с собой". 
  30. ^ De Lacey, Martha (25 July 2013). "Inside the world of 'real life Barbie' Valeria Lukyanova". London: MailOnline. 
  31. ^ "valeria lukyanova". YouTube. 
  32. ^ "Valeria Amatue21 Lukyanova". VK (social network). 
  33. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova in documentary "The Phase" on YouTube". 
  34. ^ "Living Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova Responds To Media Criticism [PHOTOS]". 
  35. ^ Sokol, Tony (November 10, 2015). "Ukraine's Human Barbie To Play Evil Doll In Horror Movie". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  36. ^ Walker, Danny (May 11, 2016). "Human Barbie comes to life in trailer for brutal slasher movie - the creepiest thing you'll see today". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on June 13, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
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  38. ^ "Human Doll, Valeria Lukyanova, Reveals Married Life with Husband". International Business Times. 
  39. ^ Mariano, Kristin (27 February 2014). "Human Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova’s Incredibly Thin Waist Due to Not Eating for Weeks?". International Business Times. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  40. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova said: I am always unhappy about myself.". 
  41. ^ a b Idov, Michael (April 2014). "This Is Not a Barbie Doll. This Is an Actual Human Being.". GQ. Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-20. Valeria grows pensive, which in her case means rolling her eyes slightly upward without changing anything else about her face. "I wouldn't say so. Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done. Everyone fixes up their face if it's not ideal, you know? Everyone strives for the golden mean. It's global now." "But that's a relatively new thing," I reply. "The ideal of beauty used to be different." "That's because of the race-mixing." If I had a glass of multi-chutney carrot-juice mix before me, I'd do a bright orange spit take. "For example, a Russian marries an Armenian," Valeria elaborates helpfully. "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." […] "I'd rather die from torture," she concludes, "because the worst thing in the world is to have a family lifestyle."  line feed character in |quote= at position 319 (help)
  42. ^ a b "Human Barbie is punched and strangled by two men outside her home after two-year hate campaign by strangers". 
  43. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova Finds Being Called "Human Barbie" Degrading". 
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  45. ^ "Валерия Лукьянова (Барби) в модном показе Dosso Dossi". 
  46. ^ "Dosso Dossi Fashion Show’da Candice Swanepoel yerine canlı Barbie Valeria Lukyanova". 
  47. ^ "Sun In the Eyes". 
  48. ^ "2013". 
  49. ^ "One Expectation (feat. Amatue)". 
  50. ^ "Amatue - Venus". 
  51. ^ "Amatue - Бесконечная Вечность". 

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