Inside the head of 'real life Barbie'

Valeria Lukyanova from Odessa in the Ukraine is widely recognised as the closest living thing to a Barbie Doll. Photo / Supplied
Valeria Lukyanova from Odessa in the Ukraine is widely recognised as the closest living thing to a Barbie Doll. Photo / Supplied

She has courted international controversy by turning herself into a human doll using plastic surgery and thick layers of dramatic make-up, confessing she wishes to be considered "the most perfect woman on the internet".

With her pinched waist, skeletal arms, enormous coloured contact lenses and vacant expression, Ukraine's Valeria Lukyanova, 23, believes she has become a living, breathing Barbie, something she sees as the ultimate embodiment of perfection. But how well do we really know her?

A Vice.com documentary-maker has gone behind the scenes with Valeria - who currently has 876,000 fans on her Facebook page - journeying to Ukraine to capture her idiosyncratic life on film.

"I'd seen her like everyone else when she popped up on the internet with all those bewildering and bizarre images and videos," Vice director Will Fairman told MailOnline.

"And thought there had to be something more behind it all, because I could see little flecks of esoteric stuff.

"I followed it up and discovered she was a new age opera composer and gave seminars on spirituality, so she obviously had a few more strings to her bow than just being a tumblr girl."

Will negotiated coming to the Ukraine to film Valeria, despite the model being "a little bit skeptical" at first.

"I think she was probably protection herself," said Will.

"She'd appeared on various talk shows in the past and they were mainly trying to do one on her, so there was a lot of back and forth. We finally secured coming over when we said we'd focus on her spiritual and astral theories."

Valeria believes she is from another planet - possibly Venus, but she isn't quite sure - so isn't really human like the rest of us

"She's not a fraud," clarified Will.

"She genuinely believes she's from another planet. 100 per cent. She's not making any money from her life - not even from the seminars she gives - which is originally why I thought she was doing this."

Valeria, who is supported by her construction-working husband who also acts as her manager, spends the film discussing theories about her pre-Earth space life, and how she has become an object of hatred within some internet communities.

"I come from a place where only love and joy exist," she says.

"But I noticed the media is only interested in negativity: show someone in a bad light, show someone's mistakes.

"There are hate blogs and communities about me who post bad pictures about me and try and worsen my mood.

"Perhaps at some point I was an energy vampire, because I constantly received their negative reactions and enjoyed it. Specifically for them I created posts that would make them angry.

"But people who think badly of me just aren't happy in their own lives. When they are happy they will forget about me."

Valeria, who says she has a "small group of friends who accept me for who I am", also admits she has visited a psychiatrist about the voices in her head. But just the once. She is not in therapy.

"I asked myself if everything was alright with my head. I hear voices all the time and see different beings. One day I decided to visit a psychiatrist. I told him everything.

"He listened to me carefully and said it was very lucky it was him because with another doctor I definitely would have been taken to a special place.

But he said, "I've been studying esoterism for years and can see you are psychic".'

Describing how he found Valeria, Will said: "She's kind of like the really pretty, popular girl at school who you're completely blown away by.

"She's like a little queen, and she carries herself like that all the time. She never breaks. It's not like the camera turns off and she whips out a cigarette and gets into a tracksuit.

"She's naturally like that: a girl who has been getting attention ever since she was a teenager and gets crazy attention wherever she is.

"And she is paranoid about not looking perfect. I don't know exactly where it comes from, but I suspect really it's down to... she seems to have a quite a lot of issues about her physical self, and is incredibly fixated with her image.

"She manages it down to the finest detail, which is why something so much as a missing belt can trigger a stroke."

Check out the full documentary on the Vice.com website here.

- DAILY MAIL

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