There is a real life Barbie and she’s Ukrainian model and Internet sensation Valeria Lukyanova, who will be featured in a new documentary called, “Living Doll,” as the directory tries to being her to life.
Lukyanova was fully aware of the effect her appearance created on-camera, “Every good-looking woman with fine features and a slim figure looks like a doll.”
The fashion spread made the then-23-year-old “Real Life Barbie” a controversial figure worldwide, and some people believe Barbie is a fake with altered photos. People were outraged by her extreme appearance — which the media attributed to rib-removal and breast augmentation surgeries, among other treatments.
But now, in an effort to set the record straight — or extend her 15 minutes — Lukyanova has teamed up with VICE to create a 20-minute documentary about her bizarre life.
Rather than solely focusing on her surreal appearance, Space Barbie chronicles Lukyanova’s work as a spiritual guru.
“I am a lecturer on the subject of out-of-body travel,” she says, explaining that she uses her appearance as a way to draw attention to her enlightened causes.
“If a nun starts talking about spirituality, will anyone notice her? No, No one will,” she says. “But if a beautiful, inspiring young woman starts talking about it, many people will start thinking. So I use my appearance to promote my spiritual ideas. It works perfectly.”
Likely at Lukyanova’s request, Space Barbie does not explore what viewers most want to know: how she arrived at her current physical form. But she admits: “When we think we’ve reached perfection, the degradation begins. I have a vast amount of work yet to do on myself.”
With millions of YouTube hits to her homemade spiritual advising videos, Lukyanova’s alien-like appearance and vain pursuits have won her a vast fan following.
In an effort to prove her clairvoyant talents in the documentary, she holds a ritual with her best friends, whom she calls her “spiritual soulmates.”
The scene perfectly expresses the yin and yang of Lukyanova’s life as a narcissistic sage.
In fact, she will be directing the camera, but she worries that it will look too much like a cult activity.