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Living in a Barbie world: Teenager becomes second Human Barbie

Every little girl loves Barbie - but few try to become her.
Every little girl loves Barbie - but few try to become her.
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For generations, little girls have happily adorned their Barbie dolls in costumes ranging from ruffled wedding gown to itsy bitsy bikini. For Valeria Lukyanova, the desire to actually become a living version of the doll was so overwhelming that she had plastic surgery, went on an extreme diet and transformed herself into a walking, talking Human Barbie. Now Lolita Richi is drawing attention as the first teenage Human Barbie, reported Yahoo News on Aug. 20.

At 16, Lolita flaunts a 20-inch waist and boasts about her 32F bra size. To emulate Barbie's big eyes, Lolita wears colored contact lenses. But although she claims that she did not have any plastic surgery, experts are dubious.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn described it as "virtually impossible" that Lolita's appearance is natural. And her age makes surgery both dangerous and unethical.

Parental consent is required for patients younger than 18 when it comes to cosmetic procedures in the United States. And even with parental approval, many physicians refuse to perform elective surgeries in such casies.

"She’s not done maturing both physically and mentally," pointed out Dr. Youn. Her youth makes such invasive surgery extremely questionable.

Youn theorizes that such extreme transformations result from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). "A lot of them will go to extremes in a misguided attempt to correct something that wasn't a problem in the first place," he said.

BDD takes different forms. Some may go on extreme diets and set dangerously low weight loss goals, while others lift weights for hours in the gym.

But Lolita emphasizes that she did not have cosmetic procedures and does not diet. "I think I've achieved this image better than anyone else," she told Metro UK on Aug. 19.

Apparently there's competition among Human Barbies. "I’m the ultimate vamp woman. I haven’t even heard of Valeria Lukyanov," she boasted.

Delighted with the feedback that she's received, Lolita revealed, "People have openly told me that they’re jealous of me and how good I look. All of the boys at school fancy me as well but I don’t like any of them. They are not to my taste."

As she grows older, will Lolita follow in the perfectly arched footsteps of the original Human Barbie? GQ Russia's editor-in-chief, Michael Idov, visited Valeria Lukyanova to learn what it takes to be a real doll.

The model told him that she did undergo breast enlargement. But she insists that the rest of her "I am Barbie" body results from dedicated diet and frenetic fitness.

Valeria's diet is liquid, consisting of mixtures such as carrot juice mixed with chutney. Apparently it's the key to having plastic-looking skin like a Mattel doll.