critiquing the Barbie archetype
and promoting a realistic body image has been a popular trend online
and in digital art lately, Lukyanova has gone the opposite route. The Ukrainian model's physique is her medium, and she's consciously transformed herself into a living doll.
When images of Lukyanova first began circulating in 2012, some news outlets called her a fake. But since then, she's done a number of interviews and has been the subject of a short documentary. In a world overrun with airbrushed images, stick-thin models, a multibillion-dollar cosmetic surgery industry, and distorted ideas about what real women should look like, Human Barbie has touched a cultural nerve.
Researcher and artist Nickolay Lamm said that discounting Lukyanova as a freak or curiosity because she's so outrageous is a mistake and believes that she's emblematic of what Read More »from How Human Barbie Made Even More Headlines in 2013
Of all the stars to be born on the Internet, one of the strangest is surely Valeria Lukyanova, otherwise known as the "Human Barbie." While