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Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Ukrainian Barbie Flu

"It seems to have been triggered by 21-year-old Valeriya Lukyanova, who made international headlines back in April for turning herself into a living Barbie with the help of plastic surgery, eyelash extensions, colored contact lenses, and styling. Her heavily exaggerated proportions — 34-inch bust, 18-inch waist, 34-inch hips — come pretty close to what real-life Barbie's would be."



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Cat named Virtute

This makes me feel really sad and icky. Also hungry. I am going to go intuitive-eat some hummus and make sausage-yam soup.

But seriously. Why do we live in a world where this can even become a Thing? *hugs tummy that Self has been hard on lately for unevenly holding all recently gained weight*

jhonsons

This is lovely.@j

SarahP

I made the mistake of looking up the human Ken doll and I'm just so sad.

frigwiggin

@SarahP Wow, he kind of looks like...Cher?

New Hoarder

@SarahP I know I'm awful, but all I could think when I saw the Ken doll video was, "He's had all that work done and still no cleft in his chin?" To me that is the #1 Ken-identifying trait. That and the fake underwear-thong thing.

purefog

I'm glad he was wearing clothes. I would have hated to see how far his quest for verisimilitude had carried him.

frigwiggin

Oh, I thought this was going to be an actual flu caused by, like, a lowered immune system due to so much elective surgery? Eh. I can't rag on people who want to do extreme things to their bodies; obviously it's at least somewhat informed by society and media messages, but at the same time, it's their choice.

par_parenthese

@frigwiggin I agree that ragging on them is Not The Thing, but talking about a society that engenders such things is, I think, a fair call.

frigwiggin

@par_parenthese Oh, for sure! It just ends up with so many articles covering folks who do this sort of thing, they end up being (overtly or not) viewed as pathetic or awful and kind of inhuman, which troubles me.

OhMarie

@frigwiggin Me too!! But I thought it was going to be flu that she spread by traveling around for her surgeries, patient-zero style.

squeee

ok but I LOVE this girl! purely from an artistic expression standpoint. her skills at turning her eyes anime-i-fied is totally awesome, and I love how unique she is....

werewolfbarmitzvah

WHOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOH! This is so uncanny that I can't even hate on it. She wanted to look like a Barbie, and by god, she looks like a Barbie! I'm kinda curious what this is all going to look like at 31, 41, 51, etc., though.

Megasus

I do not like any of this "extreme plastic surgery to look like a doll" trend.

fondue with cheddar

Is that anything like Graft-vs-Host?

remargaret

@fondue with cheddar ...Like tennis star Steffi Graft versus Happy Days star Donny Host?

fondue with cheddar

@remargaret I hope this doesn't jeopardize funding for all the fine research that's being done on TBA.

punkahontas

What I want to know is: With an 18" waist, WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR INSIDES?

CinnamonSwirls

@punkahontas In your boobs

werewolfbarmitzvah

@punkahontas On your outsides, in a stylish handbag.

olivebee

@punkahontas I was wondering the same thing. When my pants are too tight around my midsection, I basically can't think about anything else because I am so uncomfortable. I can't even imagine what an 18" waist would feel like (besides missing a few ribs, I am guessing).

par_parenthese

@punkahontas The same place that the corseting/waist-training ladies (and gents, I suppose) keep them! They squish together and they shift upwards just like in pregnancy!

[Side note: I researched this recently and may or may not have found all the totally-G-rated videos on youtube of women lacing up their corsets UNBELIEVABLY SEXY. Why I find that hot and not surgically-altered bodies might be something for me to explore with my therapist. But there you go.]

fondue with cheddar

BUT...HUMANS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO INHABIT THE UNCANNY VALLEY.

par_parenthese

@fondue with cheddar Please, Joan Rivers is the fucking QUEEN of the Uncanny Valley.

fondue with cheddar

@par_parenthese Haha, good point. But she just looks like someone who went too far with plastic surgery. She still looks human and not like a doll. Even though these women are more aesthetically beautiful than Joan Rivers and that lady whose name escapes me who made herself look like a cat, the fact that they look so perfect is what makes my lizard brain say NOOOO. It's like they're androids or something.

riotnrrd

Google image search for "Valeriya Lukyanova" followed by fifteen minutes of screaming

fondue with cheddar

@riotnrrd She got rid of her freckles. :(

sceps yarx

I can kind of see how these girls get there. I love clothes and fetishy styles, and before I leave the house, I have to ask my sister to tell me honestly if my gothic lolita outfit makes me look like a crazy person. If you took someone with my temperament and threw in a big, big dose of body dismorphia on top of that, then there you go: doll disease!

Hammitt

Okay, so I googled and fell down a tumblr hole and for some reason the thing bothering me THE MOST? The fact that everyone keeps confusing Russian and Ukrainian. I know we think weird things happen in Russia, but is it too much for Americans to learn the names of more than, say, five countries?

Hammitt

@Hammitt Okay, I lied - most disturbing are the number of girls reposting her with things like "I know she had surgery, but I want her body" or "how is it possible to be so pretty?" or "I want to do this too!"

shudder

Hammitt

@Hammitt WAIT, and then I'll stop posting. This is the most disturbing one:

"ok well do you know what annoys me

when people tag valeria lukyanova as thinspo

like no bitch she got ribs removed to have a waist like that

stop it"

Because everyone else on your thinspo boards are, what? Perfectly healthy?

thatgirl

Honestly, I think of this more as extreme body modification than anything else. Like that guy with the tattoos of the skull all over his head? Or the cat people?

Maybe it's just this disconnect that I have, but it feels somewhere between that and performance art.

Scandyhoovian

Whenever I see something like this I just wonder... how long will they want to do that for? Like will these girls wake up one day and be like, "You know what, I'm tired of doing my makeup like this all the time, I'm going back to a natural look in jeans and t-shirts," and will they look back at this phase of their life fondly or with regret or...?

I mean, to me it kind of looks like hugely prolonged performance art in its own way, so it's... I don't know, it's sort of fascinating.

New Hoarder

On a related note, I found this page through the Barbie article page: http://theweek.com/article/index/234931/7-of-the-scariest-spiders-in-existence. (Sorry, can't makes links or anything fancy in my ancient IE browser at work.)

fondue with cheddar

@New Hoarder WHY DID I LOOK AT THAT WHYYYYY

Though I did encounter the weirdest body modification I've ever seen, with one of the weirdest quotes in an article I've ever read: "There's no point to the whole thing, other than to wear a skin bagel." WHAT IS THIS.

fondue with cheddar

@fondue with cheddar Don't watch the video if you're squeamish because NEEDLES.

New Hoarder

@fondue with cheddar Do you decorate the hole? I don't get it. And forget the saline. I can give you a bagel forehead with my fist.

Mmm, bagels.

fondue with cheddar

@New Hoarder I don't get it either. Though part of me wishes this fad had come about when Wesley Willis was still alive so he could squash everyone's head bagels.

Scandyhoovian

@New Hoarder WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THINGS HOLY COMPELLED ME TO COPY THAT LINK INTO MY BROWSER THE NAME IS RIGHT THERE IN THE URL

D:

New Hoarder

@Scandyhoovian #4. Unidentified jumping killers. Currently searching on Amazon for a hermetic bubble with one day shipping.

Scandyhoovian

@New Hoarder quiet sobbing

cheeseandcrackers

This doesn't bother me nor does it make me feel sad. Like I guess the extreme dieting must suck, but otherwise, so what if Anime spends hours painting her face/doing her hair etc? THAT TIME COULDA BEEN SPENT WATCHING TWO AND A HALF MEN? Or reading edifying literature for young ladies? My pearls, they remain unclutched.

tea sonata

Good Grief. Surgeons, Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Anyone here seen pictures of Ioana Spangenberg?
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/news/human-hourglass-model-with-20-inch-waist-i-snack-on-chocolate-all-the-time-201272
Apparently this is Barbie Girl, yet claims it to be natural.

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