The "Human Barbie" Valeria Lukyanova has spawned some competition. Alina Kovalevskaya, a willowy 22-year-old blonde beauty from Odessa, Ukraine, is making headlines for her doll-like appearance.
"Now I have the image of a Barbie doll," Kovalevskaya told Barcroft TV. "I consider big eyes, small noses and small plump lips as beautiful."
Interestingly, Alina hails from the same town as Lukyanova, who is now a global sensation. Valeria has more than 1.1 million Facebook fans despite never having starred in a movie or done professional modeling, all thanks to her Barbie doll looks.
Kovalevskaya said she and Lukyanova used to be friends, but "misunderstandings" have caused a rift between them. “I have had certain misunderstandings with Valeria after which we ceased to communicate," said Alina. "There was a certain negative attitude from her towards me and now we do not communicate."
Are the Human Barbies Promoting Anorexia and Bulimia?
The Human Barbies' soaring popularity has raised concerns that their super-skinny bodies promote eating disorders and poor self-esteem, especially among their young fans.
Earlier this year, Lukyanova made headlines after revealing she wanted to convert to the extreme breatharian diet and subsist on nothing but air and light. "In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all," said Lukyanova. "I'm hoping it's the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone."
The tiny-waisted Valeria explained that her light-and-air diet is part of her conversion to "breatharianism," a belief associated with the concept of inedia, or fasting.
Proponents of breatharianism believe people can subsist for extended periods of time without food or water, fueled solely by transcendental life energy. Not surprisingly, some breatharians have starved to death after following this starvation diet.
Valeria is no stranger to extreme diets. For years, the super-skinny Human Barbie has followed an extreme low-calorie, vegetarian diet. "If you want to live a long life and stay beautiful, eat vegetables and herbs," Lukyanova told the Daily Beast. "Eat very small portions. I do a serious workout in the gym three times a week and I run a lot."
Both Human Barbies Deny Multiple Plastic Surgeries
Despite their inhuman appearance, both Human Barbies insist their beauty is natural. Lukyanova has been accused of getting multiple plastic surgeries, including a nose job and other face work, but she said she has only gotten breast implants. Meanwhile, Alina claims she has had no plastic surgery, and credited artful makeup application for her doll-like beauty.
When asked why she prefers to live her live as a Human Barbie, Lukyanova said she wants to inspire others. "The Barbie doll looks perfect," said Valeria. "I believe the way I look inspires other people to improve their appearance, eat healthy, and live a more active, creative life."
Lukyanova, 28, also said she's not human and has visited many alien civilizations. "My out-of-body experiences began when I was a little girl: I could travel outside of my body to other planets and universes," she said.