Move over, Valeria Lukyanova. There's another "Human Barbie" on the scene, this time a curvaceous teenage beauty who insists she has never had plastic surgery.
Lolita Richi hails from the Ukraine like the other two "Human Barbies," Valeria Lukyanova and Alina Kovalevskaya. Unlike her older rivals, Lolita said she doesn't diet and her looks are 100 percent natural.
Richi, 16, has a 20-inch waist and wears a 32F bra, but said her curves are surgery-free. In contrast, Valeria Lukyanova, the 28-year-old original Human Barbie, admitted she got breast implants and follows a super-strict diet and workout regimen to maintain her Barbie doll bikini body.
“I have a gorgeous figure so I don’t even have to diet,” said Lolita. “I think I’ve achieved this image better than anyone else. I’m the ultimate vamp woman. I haven’t even heard of Valeria Lukyanova.”
Richi said her beauty secrets are a push-up bra, colored blue contact lenses, wigs and artful makeup application — not plastic surgery. Lolita said she hopes to become a psychologist one day, but would be just as content being famous for her doll-like beauty. “If I can become famous for my appearance in some other way,” Richi said, “I will be extremely happy.”
'Virtually Impossible to Look Like This Without Surgery'
Meanwhile, the proliferation of young women who are devoting hours every day to look like human dolls has some health experts alarmed they may be suffering from low self-esteem, neurotic narcissism and body dysmorphia. Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn told Yahoo it's “virtually impossible” for normal people to resemble these Human Barbies without surgery.
What's more, Youn is concerned that these Human Barbies are suffering from mental illness, notably body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). BDD is a chronic mental illness characterized by an obsession with a real or perceived physical flaw.
“When people [with BDD] look in the mirror, they see something different than what everyone else sees,” said Dr. Youn explained. “A lot of them will go to extremes in a misguided attempt to correct something that wasn’t a problem in the first place."
To outsiders looking in, body dysmorphic disorder may look like vanity run amok, but experts said the disorder can be crippling and can lead to severe depression and even suicide. Justin Jedlica, who has been dubbed the "Human Ken Doll," has undergone more than 125 plastic surgery procedures (at a tune of more than $158,000) to improve his appearance.
Jedlica, 32, was profiled on the TLC show, "My Strange Addiction: I'm a Living Doll," where he discussed his shocking plastic surgery makeover.
“I’ve had 125 procedures and spent $158,000 to make me really resemble a doll,” said Justin. “My chest was first, then I moved on to bicep implants and tricep implants. I got a brow shave, brow lift and I started having more nose revisions. They all get a little fuzzy after a while, but I’ve had five nose jobs now.”
Jedlica said he thinks the Ken and Barbie dolls' flawless (albeit unrealistic) facial features and bodies represent the aesthetic ideals of masculine and feminine beauty. “I think dolls are typically thought of as the ideal of what a man or woman should be, look like, live like,” said Jedlica.
Jedlica said he plans to get more plastic surgeries down the line and won't stop altering his appearance until he's satisfied with his looks. Despite his neurotic preoccupation with changing his looks, Justin insists he doesn't have any psychological problems, and said his plastic-surgery addiction is merely a creative outlet for his aesthetic vision.