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#1 The Ukrainian Human Barbie Doll - Valeria Lukyanova - Is this the future of cosmetic enhancement?


Hank Pellissier
By Hank Pellissier
Ethical Technology

Posted: Dec 31, 2012

Immaculate doll-face, globulous breasts, teeny waist, slender limbs, vacant ice-blue eyes, long platinum hair - Valeria Lukyanova of Odessa, Ukraine, has re-designed her physical form to resemble Barbie, the plastic Mattel toy. Is the result “beautiful”? Critics screech that she’s “creepy” and “lifeless” with an “uncanny valley” absence of sexuality, but… let’s not kid ourselves here.




According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2012? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 16 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 600 in all), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on May 18, 2012 and is the #1 most viewed of the year.
 



The 5’ 7” 21-year-old Plastic Fantastic internet sensation is lauded as extraordinarily desirable - an ideal female aesthetic - by thousands of commenters and 215,000+ “Like” clickers on her Facebook page that’s only 24 days old. Plus she’s been awarded mainstream attention by ForbesHuffingtonPost, Daily Mail, Fox News, ABC News, New York Daily News, and International Business Times. Eventually, millions of wide-eyed adorers will gaze greedily at the 11,00 photos of her already online.

“Barbie” - the doll - has been castigated since her development in 1959 as a female caricature with impossible-to-attain proportions. Valeria hasn’t precisely copied her mentor’s dimensions - she’d need a 39-18-33 ratio at 6’ in height - but her curves - created via dozens of nips, tucks and lifts at the supposed cost of $800,000 - resemble the plastic icon close enough to re-animate the original prepubescent lust of many grown males, who secretly undressed, long ago, the dolls of their sisters.

Does the emergence of this life-size Barbie clone represent the future of cosmetic enhancement? Will other girls/women follow in the faux-Barbie’s slim pointy footsteps? Will thousands of ribs be removed to achieve the minuscule belly? (Valerie’s goal, she claims, is to be photosynthetic, a sun-eater, avoiding digestion entirely.) Will millions of chins and cheeks be chiseled to achieve her dainty visage? Will breasts world-wide be pumped up to impersonate her pontoon mammaries?

The answer to these questions is Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes they already have. Truth is, Miss Lukyanova’s plagiarism of a hottie icon trails South Korea’s idol-mimicry by at least half a decade. In Seoul - widely regarded as the world capital of plastic surgery - cosmetic enhancement is avidly accepted by the masses, entrenched in the culture. An estimated 20% of all SK women between the ages of 19-49 have had “some work done.” Additionally, it’s popular in SK to get your features restructured so you can resemble a hallyu star. The phrase, “imitation is the highest form of flattery” is taken seriously in East Asia; fans who identify with a beautiful TV soap opera or K-pop star can fulfill their desire to look like Lee Young-Ae, Kim Hee-Sun, Song Hye-Gyo, or Han Ga-In, by scheduling appointments in the Gangnam district of Seoul, where over 400 plastic surgery clinics and skin-treatment centers are located.

The West has not traveled down this copy-cat road as quickly, perhaps due to it’s higher regard for individuality. Taylor Swift has made squinty eyes and lace dresses popular, and Justin Beiber’s haircut is “cool” with middle schoolers, but few Caucasians have carved themselves up to resemble the famous. A notable exception is the OctoMom - Nadya Suleman - who hijacked the full lips and vulpine face of Angelina Jolie. Suleman is derided, justifiably, as an unlikable loon, and her brazen rip-off of Brad’s beau’s face has perhaps stalled copy-cat cosmetology in the West.

But now, the arrival of “Barbie” from the Ukraine… Her emergence from the ex-Soviet steppe-locale appears, simultaneously, both complicated and unsurprising. The Ukraine is known for both it’s radical feminism and it’s stunningly lovely XX gender - Traveler’s Digest recently selected the women of Kiev (the capitol) as the planet’s most beautiful.

The Ukraine activist group FEMEN is possibly the most visible, revolutionary feminist squad in the world today, organized by three women who committed themselves to “Marxism, instead of Marriage.”  FEMEN primarily opposes the legalization of prostitution and sex-tourism in its homeland, but it’s also staged demonstrations against Vladimir Putin (for being a “Gas Gangster”), Pope Benedict XVI (“Pope, Get Out of my Pussy!”),  Paris Hilton (for supporting the “corrupt” modeling industry), Dominique Strauss (for being “the symbol of lawless, arrogant rapists”), the embassies of Iran (for stoning women to death) and Egypt (to support the revolution), and it journeyed to Turkey (to protest domestic violence).

What is FEMEN’s primary “activist technique”? Toplessness. FEMEN’s protests are invariably led by young, attractive, bare-breasted women, a maneuver that guarantees the group street attention and press coverage.

I haven’t located any FEMEN opinions of Valeria Lukyanova, but I don’t think they regard her self-acquired shapeliness as a anti-feminist statement. If Valerie was a prostitute they’d decry her activities, but she’s not - her appearance lures attention to her career as a model, an esoteric singer (she claims to have written 70 songs) and a New Age spiritual-philosopher.  Capturing media gaze via sex appeal is, of course, a strategy that FEMEN itself does quite brazenly.

Returning now to examine Valeria Lukyanova’s fixed plasticine form, let us speculate…

In the fast-approaching future:

Will entire malls be filled with lookalike Barbies shopping for Barbie clothes? Accompanied by lookalike Ken-males?

Will these perfect people line up to sip smoothie drinks alongside other desirables, representing Latin, African, Asian, Arab, etc., startlets-and-stars-of-the-month? 

Will transforming our face and physique be easy and cheap in the next generation, in surgeries as simple as dental cleaning?

Will we abandon flesh-love altogether, preferring instead, sex liaisons with cyborg Barbies, Kens, and Kim Hee-Suns?

Will sex in the future be entirely virtual / pornographic?

Will we become nanobot-beings, metamorphosing into whatever enticing shape we want?

Will we be empathetically deeper, in love - and turned on - by kindness and wisdom; will we be absolutely disinterested in physical form, orgasming instead via emotional and intellectual channels?

Or… finally… will we have all these options, and more, in a highly-variable society that offers dozens of choices in lifestyle menus that continue to expand, exponentially?

I don’t know. Predictions?  I don’t see Valeria Lukyanova as instantly forgotten. I see her as a historical marker, a pioneer in a trend - where we actualize our desire to become our favorite toys.

The result?  “Spidermans” fly through our cities.  “Incredible Hulks” crash our parties. Everyday is Halloween.


Hank Pellissier was IEET’s Managing Director on January-October in 2012, and an IEET Affiliate Scholar. He’s the author of two e-books, Invent Utopia Now and Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High? He is currently at BrighterBrains.org
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couldn’t have said it better myself.  BTW, like most supermodels, she looks dangerously underweight.





You might find the following photography collection interesting, Hank:
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/plastic_surgery_androgyny_and_the_future_of_beauty





“Hmm. *I* don’t find her remotely attractive”


Perhaps you and Christian are a pair of contrarians? I think Valeria is great, just great. Goes to show you how subjective aesthetics are. If Valeria were to read this blog, the msg. would be “don’t pay attention to what saysayers think of your looks”. I do not trust anybody when it comes to aesthetics- esp. someone who would say a woman this beautiful is to be dissed merely because she had cosmetic surgery.
How ‘bout if one of your kin had surgery to bob her nose or something else relatively minor, and one or more of us here at IEET said she looked bad—you wouldn’t like it a bit.
Some people are just very hard to please.





Its not that she’s ugly, its just that she looks a little too weird for others tastes in appearances.  If you find her attractive then good for you.  As they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.





“(For the general population. For the subset of very socially awkward ‘nerdy’ men, and perhaps only for them, I concede you are partly correct)”


*Sorry* to comment 4x today, but this is a truly specious statement. Look at Hank’s photo: does he look nerdy? no, and he almost certainly doesn’t find Valeria to be a turn-off. BTW, I mistakenly wrote saysayers above but it is on target anyway; you think Valeria is lonely? Hell no. I read she came to America and is doing well, thank you. So why don’t you do this, if you please: contact Valeria and ask her how the men around her react—get the story first person, guys.





(our msgs. crossed) if she would have me, Chris, I’d go for her- however I read she is happily married; possibly more evidence of how specious the first comment is—I am genuinely surprised at it.
Don’t like Valeria? then don’t post on her!





... actually, ought to congratulate Adamison, if Valeria appears unattractive to him, he must do pretty well horizontally.
But to us she is pixels; in her presence we would have to re-evaluate our opinions.





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