Valeria Lukyanova

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Valeria Lukyanova
Valeria Lukyanova (cropped).jpg
Lukyanova in November 2012
Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova

(1991-06-21) June 21, 1991 (age 27)
ResidenceMoscow, Russia[2]
Spouse(s)Dmitry Shkrabov
Modeling information
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Eye colorGreen / Gray / Blue

Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova (Ukrainian: Вале́рія Вале́ріївна Лук'я́нова; Russian: Валерия Валерьевна Лукьянова; born on June 21st 1991) [4]is a Ukrainian model and entertainer, famous for her resemblance to a Barbie doll.[5] To enhance the Barbie effect Lukyanova uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green/gray/blue eyes.[6] She has stated that she has had breast implants, but that the rest of her body is natural and slender due to daily gym workouts and a particular diet.[6]


In 2007, Lukyanova won the world wide beauty contest "Miss Diamond Crown of the World".[7][8][9] The beauty pageant was open to any women, had about 300 contestants, and had no rule forbidding plastic surgery or body modification.[10][11] She subsequently had multiple photo sessions and interviews published in Russian media, including erotic photos.[12][13][14][15] Lukyanova developed a worldwide following for her Barbie doll-like appearance after she posted photos and videos of herself on the web.[16] She gained notoriety after reports of her "almost inhuman beauty" surfaced online.[citation needed] The first notable coverage of her from outside Russia was on the Jezebel blog, followed by a photo session in V by Sebastian Faena.[16] The media described her as being like a living Barbie doll.[17][18][3]

There has been scepticism of Lukyanova. ABC News suggested that Lukyanova was a hoax aided by image editing software.[17] Diane Levin regarded Lukyanova as an example of the negative effects of media objectification.[19][20] To counter the image editing accusations, Lukyanova posted videos on YouTube and appeared on Russia-1[21] and Channel One Russia[22] TV channels. Lukyanova admitted to having breast augmentation but no other plastic surgery,[21][23][24] and denies that she had ribs removed to make her waist smaller.[25][26] Lukyanova blamed people unconnected to her for altering photos of her younger self in a malicious attempt to imply she had received body modifications.[20]

Lukyanova is an instructor at the School of Out-of-Body Travel,[17] described as "an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body."[17] Her spiritual name is Amatue.[17][18]

She is a composer, an opera singer, and has recorded two albums of new-age music, Sun in the Eyes and 2013 using the name Amatue.[27] she wrote a book, Astral Travel Amatue, about her astral trips which she made available in 2012 as an RTF file to download for free from her website.[28]

In 2013 Lukyanova was the subject of an episode of Vice's My Life Online documentary series entitled Space Barbie.[18][29] In 2013 she participated in the documentary movie The Phase, which was released on YouTube in 7 languages.[30] She had her debut starring role in a feature film in The Doll (2017), a horror movie directed and written by Susannah O’Brien. The film, which also includes Mindy Robinson and Ron Jeremy, revolves around Lukyanova's character, an escort made from doll parts created by a doctor to recruit others to kill, and the two men who requested her.[31][32] The movie presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.[33]

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.[34][35][36]

Personal life[edit]

Lukyanova was born on June 21st 1991[37] in Tiraspol, in what was then part of Moldavian SSR in the Soviet Union.[7][38] She claims to be of "Eastern Baltic, but closer to Nordic" origin.[39] Her mother, Irina, worked for the military sector and her father was a builder who also worked part-time as a disc jockey.[40] Lukyanova lived in Odessa, Ukraine from age 16 until 2014.[39] She has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Odessa State Academy of Constructions and Architecture.[3][21]

She is married to Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Shkrabov, her childhood friend.[23][41] However, Lukyanova said that she does not want to have children or a "family lifestyle."[42]

Lukyanova is a strict raw vegetarian, living on a liquid diet.[7][21] She said that her weight was 45 kg (100 lb) in 2012.[43] In 2014 she stated she was training herself to live off only light and air, and converting to Breatharianism which is described as a cult, that believes food and possibly water is not necessary for survival.[44] 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".[45]

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".[42]

In 2014 Lukyanova 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.[46] She was hospitalized and released a week later.[46]

In 2014, because of the War in Donbass, Ukraine, Lukyanova moved from Odessa to Moscow.[2][47][48]

In 2015, Lukyanova participated in Dosso Dossi's fashion show as a model.[49][50] Lukyanova, has expressed anger at the nickname of "Human Barbie", as she feels that its "a little degrading and insulting" but that shes used to it now as its the image her fans "requested" so she has to "comply with it because it's become part of my aesthetic image, but I don't like it".[51]



  • 2009: Sun in the Eyes
  • 2013: 2013

Single appearances[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • 2010: "Venus"[52]
  • 2011: "Endless eternity"[53]


  • Astral Travel Amatue (2012)


  • The Phase (2013) – documentary movie
  • The Doll[54] (Sahara Vision Productions, 2017) – feature film, directed and written by Susannah O’Brien

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Amatue - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  5. ^ "LIVING DOLL". V Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b Whitelocks, Sadie (1 February 2013). "Our childhood dreams shattered". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Jackson, Kate. "Bizarre obsessions of real-life Barbie". London: The Sun.
  8. ^ "Одесская Барби Валерия Лукьянова".
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  10. ^ "Бриллиантовая корона 2007".
  11. ^ "Бриллиантовая корона» – всеукраинский конкурс красоты".
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  15. ^ "Одесская Барби обнажилась". Komsomolskaya Pravda.
  16. ^ a b "Living Doll". V Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
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  18. ^ a b c Mosbergen, Dominique (29 July 2013). "Real-Life Barbie Documentary: Valeria Lukyanova, 'Living Barbie,' Featured By Vice (Video)". Huffington Post.
  19. ^ Conley, Mikaela (23 April 2012). "The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll". ABC News.
  20. ^ a b "16 Questions for the Real-Life Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova". The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company.
  21. ^ a b c d "Живая Барби – Валерия Лукъянова".
  22. ^ "Выпуск от 16 марта". Channel One Russia.
  23. ^ a b Nemtsova, Anna (5 August 2013). "16 Questions for the 'Real-Life Barbie,' Valeria Lukyanova". The Daily Beast.
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  28. ^
  29. ^ "Space Barbie". Vice.
  30. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova in documentary "The Phase" on YouTube".
  31. ^ Sokol, Tony (10 November 2015). "Ukraine's Human Barbie To Play Evil Doll In Horror Movie". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on 11 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  32. ^ Walker, Danny (11 May 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 13 June 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  33. ^ "The Doll Trailer: This Bloodthirsty Barbie Will Creep You Out".
  34. ^ De Lacey, Martha (25 July 2013). "Inside the world of 'real life Barbie' Valeria Lukyanova". London: MailOnline.
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  36. ^ "Valeria Amatue21 Lukyanova". VK (social network).
  37. ^ "Amatue - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  38. ^ "Living Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova Reveals Her Spiritual Side". Huffington Post. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  39. ^ a b
  40. ^ "Things to Know About The Private Life of Living Doll". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013.
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  42. ^ a b Idov, Michael (April 2014). "This Is Not a Barbie Doll. This Is an Actual Human Being". GQ. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  43. ^ "Girl Barby Valeria".
  44. ^ "'Human Barbie' wants to 'subsist on air and light alone'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  45. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova said: I am always unhappy about myself".
  46. ^ a b "Human Barbie is punched and strangled by two men outside her home after two-year hate campaign by strangers".
  47. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova Finds Being Called "Human Barbie" Degrading".
  48. ^ "Одесская Барби увеличивает армию своих фанатов ("Odessa Barbie increases her army of fans")".
  49. ^ "Dosso Dossi Fashion Show'da Candice Swanepoel yerine canlı Barbie Valeria Lukyanova".
  50. ^ "Валерия Лукьянова (Барби) в модном показе Dosso Dossi".
  51. ^ "Valeria Lukyanova Says Her 'Human Barbie' Nickname Is 'Degrading'". Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  52. ^ "Amatue - Venus".
  53. ^ "Amatue - Бесконечная Вечность".
  54. ^ "See 'Human Barbie' Valeria Lukyanova as The Doll". Horror Entertainment Magazine. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

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