Back in 2012, the internet discovered a 21-year-old Ukrainian woman named Valeria Lukyanova, whose life goal was to look exactly like a Barbie doll. Through a combination of plastic surgery, makeup, and self-starvation, she achieved the look in uncanny fashion.
She really did look like a Barbie doll. And not just in some general way: you know, insanely small waist, large bust, long blonde hair. She looked just like a Barbie doll: all those things, plus plastic-looking skin and a vacant stare.
It was easy to assume that Lukyanova was just another young woman in a world of global popular culture who'd internalized oppressive beauty ideals.
Well apparently there are some other oppressive ideals at work in her Barbie doll image.
Lukyanova sat down recently for an interview with GQ magazine. She offered some insight into the motivations behind her transformation. And they aren't pretty.
She first told her interviewer that her image was the same one that women around the world were striving for.
"Everyone wants a slim figure," she said. "Everyone gets breasts done. Everyone fixes up their face if it's not ideal, you know? Everyone strives for the golden mean. It's global now."
When her interviewer noted that beauty ideals had changed over time, Lukyanova offered a strange observation.
"That's because of racial mixing."
For example, 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. Ethnicities are mixing now, so there's degeneration, and it didn't used to be like that. Remember how many beautiful women there were in the 1950s and 1960s, without any surgery? And now, thanks to degeneration, we have this. I love the Nordic image myself. I have white skin; I am a Nordic type—perhaps a little Eastern Baltic, but closer to Nordic.
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