On March 9, 1959 Barbie was introduced to this world in all her glory weighing in at 49 kg with pencil-thin legs, creating the illusion of a 5 foot 9 frame that goes on forever and a day. Barbie boasted a chiseled silhouette housing flawless skin, the perfect hourglass waist and hips, and a twinkle in her eyes.
Not only was she perfect, her wardrobe was also perfected over the years with pink heart-shaped sunglasses and a selection of cute sets. While most young girls enjoy creating fantasy worlds with this pristine doll, others like Valeria Lukyanova hold onto these ideals to an alarming extent later in life; even going as far as transforming into a human Barbie.
But just how far did Lukyanova really go? Read on to find out.
1. A Little Doll
In 1985, Valery and Irina Lukyanova welcomed their daughter Valeria into the world. They strove to provide their beloved child with an ordinary upbringing, or at least as normal as they could in their hometown Tiraspol, Moldova, which was part of the Soviet Union at the time.
Her dad worked as a builder by day and a disc jockey by night, while her mother’s occupation was in the military. Everyone doted on Lukyanova’s beauty with her long blonde locks and big doll-like eyes. However, they had no idea how much she’d internalize the very word “beauty” and how far she’d go to uphold it when she grew up.