Living Barbie dolls Valeria Lukyanova and Alina Kovaleskaya hail from Odessa, Ukraine, but couldn't be more different.
Us Weekly contributor Esther Lee's "Human Barbie Alina Kovalevskaya Is Rivals With Valeria Lukyanova, Claims She's Never Had Plastic Surgery" pits the two women apart based on what they consider beautiful.
Lee reports that in the April edition of GQ, Lukyanova made questionable comments based on mixed ethnicity and raced children. She believes since "ethnicities are mixing now," children are willing to go have surgery due to "degeneration."
The Ukrainian went on. "A Russian marries an Armenian, they have a kid, a cute girl, but she has her dad's nose. She goes and files it down a little, and it's all good."
Apparently the 1950s and 1960s were the epitome of beauty and women went "without any surgery." The plastic surgeons of the time would definitely welcome the compliment.
Once upon a time, the two living Odessa Barbies were friendly but Alina Kovalevskaya quickly squashed any kind of ongoing communication. "I realized she is not a person with whom I would like to talk to or even be friends." And the ending was rather abrupt, too. "I have had certain misunderstandings with her after which we ceased to communicate." Pretty big division, whatever it was.
Maybe some of the differences involved how to achieve the Barbie look.
In "Alina Kovalevskaya Facebook: Human Barbie Doll Reveals 'Misunderstandings' On Valeria Lukyanova, They Are Not Friends," Sam Machado from Enstars notes one difference between the two is Kovalevskaya avoids the sun at all costs since she doesn't "don't like to tan." How does she avoid the sun? "During the day I do not really like to be there." Pretty easy way, really.
The 21-year-old also told Barcroft TV that she was more inspired by modern ball-jointed dolls than the plastic, cheap Barbies that line chain store shelves. Looking more like a doll from Lukyanova's favorite era, the Ukrainian said the giant contact lenses made her friends see the resemblance. She doesn't believe in the plastic surgery since she likes how she looks. "I like big eyes, little nose, small plump lips.” And she really loves the way her tresses fall. “I love long hair, my hair is a meter long."
Instead of feeding into the beauty industry standards, the Odessa University student looks for similarities without copying directly. Wise decision since most people who follow the plan often look worse after the body image dysmorphia sets in. Good use of her psychology studies, too.
Kovalevskaya seems to be on the route to a better self-image, even if the end result might be a little less Barbie and a little more a H. Naoto-inspired Volks doll.