Recent years have seen the rise of the so-called “human Barbie” type of beauty but, out of all the women doing things to their face and bodies (with plastic surgery and makeup), no other has taken the idea of a living plastic doll and delivered on it as Ukrainian model and spiritual “guru” Valeria Lukyanova did.She rose to international fame in 2012 thanks to her YouTube videos and, since then, she’s been striving to convince the world that she’s as real as she seems. She mostly insists that the only plastic surgery she’s had is on her breasts, which were obviously brought up to a more generous cup.
Also in recent months, she’s been giving interviews to media outlets in the US, with GQ being the latest to send a reporter off to Ukraine for a sit-down with the one and only Human Barbie. And, he writes, never before has this nickname been used more appropriately.
In previous interviews, Valeria has said that she lives on a diet of light and air, that she’s an out-of-body traveler at night, and that she can even teach others to do the same. She dubs herself a spiritual adviser and teacher and goes by the name Amatue, which, she tells GQ, came to her in a dream.
The last thing that Valeria would consider herself is a feminist. She harbors under the impression that a feminist is someone who wants children, which she doesn’t want because they’re only good to offer you the illusion of having someone to rely on when you’re old, someone to bring you a glass of water on your deathbed.
Valeria, it turns out, would rather die of torture than entertain the idea of starting a family. She hates kids and everything they entail, but particularly the women who believe a child can solve everything wrong in their life.
“The very idea of having children brings out this deep revulsion in me. Most people have children to fulfill their own ambitions, not to give anything. They don’t think about what they can give this child, what they can teach her. They just try to shape her according to some weird script — whatever they couldn’t do in life, like becoming a writer or a doctor. Or some woman who’s almost 30 and thinks no one needs her, she says, ‘Oh, I’ll have a kid. He will love me and become my reason to live.’ And then this kid becomes a soccer ball she and her boyfriend will kick back and forth,” she says.
Even if she did have children, she would probably not have a man of color for a father. Speaking on the general topic of beauty and how ideals of beauty have changed throughout the years, Valeria says she believes it’s happened because of race-mixing.
“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,” she explains.
Valeria says she’s the “Nordic type” and she’s proud of it.
The full GQ interview is available at the link. It is a very interesting read, for lack of a better term.