After releasing her Spring photos, which showcased her new look, and attracting a rush of criticism, “Human Barbie” doll may be “plastic” after all. A day after a backlash ensued over images of her taut six-pack abs and jorts, Valerie Lukyanova, aka Real-life and Living Barbie, made a confession to Cosmopolitan: the pics of her in the itsy-bitsy jean shorts were — drumroll — Photoshopped.
The human Barbie is a 29-year-old model from Ukraine. She rose to stardom — or infamy — in recent years over her obsession with channeling the assets of the iconic doll made by Mattel.
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Last year, Valerie vanished for months after she allegedly came under attack by two unknown knife-wielding men at her residence on Halloween. According to the Barbie aficionado, she was left with a disfigured face after the brutal assault. Lukyanova posted pics on her social media account. However, many accused her of staging the entire thing and using the beating as a smokescreen for her going under the knife — again. Valerie denied the allegations.
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Fast forward seven months, and the human Barbie’s jorts nearly break the internet. However, in a sudden departure from denials on body augmentation by means of digital technology, the living doll admitted the jort photos were Photoshopped — but she has a good reason. Excerpts from her Cosmo interview tell the story.
“Who did the photo shoot where you were wearing the jean shorts? Are those images [jorts] Photoshopped at all?”
“My best friend [took the pictures]. The pictures are photoshopped to achieve smoothness and color correction. The pictures were taken in the botanical garden on the phone. They were not high quality. I had to edit them in order to correct the defects of the phone picture.”
“Why do you think you got so much negative feedback for those photos?”
I’ve received compliments from my readers. There may have been some negative comments. I did not see them. Beautiful people are often envied. That’s why negativity does not surprise me. Instead, it touches me.”
Thursday, as reported by Inquisitr, the human Barbie doll came under attack by critics who decried her body image, commercial exploits, and the message she sends to young girls. Apparently, troubled by the jorts backlash, Val struck back. The Ukrainian human Barbie thanked her supporters and shamed her critics.
In all fairness, many people admire Valerie for her appreciation of beauty and ability to inspire others to strive for perfection. But even the human Barbie, Photoshopped jorts aside, admits that she’s not perfect — far from it.
“It is a pity that most people choose instead the path of degradation.
“Those who are unsatisfied with what I do and critique me and offend me clearly don’t have the same figure as I do. Otherwise they would not be so negative. People who are satisfied with themselves don’t comment on who they don’t like. They will pass by.”
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