(NEW YORK) — She’s one of the most widely viewed and discussed women on the Internet but now the Ukranian model known as the “human Barbie” for her doll-like figure is speaking out to deny rumors of rampant plastic surgery and reveal her higher purpose in life.
“Some people even spread rumors about me and retouch my pictures to hurt me. But I don’t take them seriously,” Valeria Lukyanova tells V Magazine. “I’m even flattered! It’s what success is like. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job.”
Lukyanova, also an artist and singer, first made headlines in April when photos of her seemingly inhuman-like proportions were posted on websites like Jezebel.com and Huffington Post and quickly went viral. Commenters questioned whether Lukyanova was manufactured and, if she was real, how much plastic surgery she must have undergone to get her impossibly whittled waist, buxom chest and symmetrical features.
A spokesman for Lukyanova told ABC News the only plastic surgery she has had is a breast enhancement. The “human Barbie” herself told V Magazine she achieves her look with makeup.
“Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves. It’s hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists,” she tells V. “This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. It’s how they explain their continued inaction. It’s just an excuse. There are plenty of video clips on the Internet showing what I really look like.”
Also revealed in the extensive interview for the magazine’s new issue, on newsstands Nov. 15, is Lukyanova’s deeply-held belief in the metaphysical and spiritual worlds, including her belief that the titles of singer, model and artist are just “labels for my creative potential,” not her “true essence.”
“I’m a teacher at the School of Out-of-Body Travel. It’s an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body, where you can visit any place on the planet and in the universe,” she says. “I know that this is the future of mankind and that it has huge potential. Hidden reserves will be tapped soon. ”
Lukyanova says her spiritual name is Amatue, an Atlantean reference to the goddess of the sun.
Though she describes herself as the “most famous woman of the Russian-speaking Internet,” Lukyanova says she is unfazed by the attention over her looks.
“I know the other side of celebrity is negativity, but I see it in a positive light,” she tells V. “If people care about me, then I am on the right path. In real life, I never hear bad things.”
“Indeed, I’ve noticed a trend,” she continues. “Every good-looking woman with fine features and a slim figure looks like a doll. I won’t deny that I play along with people’s perceptions. I’m amused by the reactions. I don’t take it seriously.”
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