Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Barbie Girl in her Barbie World

Breaking news: Barbie and Ken are not mean to be ladies & gentlemen.

The happy couple

Justin Jedlica, also referred to as the Human Ken Doll, calls Human Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova, his “arch-nemesis.” Things seem to be a bit rocky at the Barbie dream house.

“She’s a cute girl…I don’t really get her. I don’t get why people think she’s so interesting. She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She’s an illusionist…Unlike me, who has spent nearly $150,000 permanently transforming myself into a human Ken doll, Valeria just plays dress up. But as soon as you wipe away all that makeup, she’s just a plain Jane and there’s absolutely nothing special about her,” said Ken [himself] about Barbie.

Human Barbie claims her breasts are the only fake part of her body, everything else is “real” (girl please). Her proclaimed fate partner, Human Ken has had over 100 different plastic surgeries to physically become the Mattel doll. I find it so interesting that this woman has come out to the public and is known as the “real” human-version of Barbie, as is her “friend” Justin (Ken).

According to other news article about the Ukrainian model, she eventually hopes to live without eating or drinking. "In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all," Lukyanova said, according to the International Business Times. "I'm hoping it's the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone." (um, excuse me?) It is all ludicrous, they both are taking Judith Butler’s representation of something/someone other than yourself to the ultimate extreme. It is obvious that both people have seen a Barbie and ken doll at some point in their lives, hence how they can imitate the dolls so vividly.

Ever wonder what Barbie looks like without makeup? Well you’re in luck, below is what she would apparently look like. The makers of Barbie with makeup and without makeup could essentially receive the same ridicule and response—they construct her. It isn’t natural. If she has makeup she will look one way, and without it she will look another way. But, there’s more to this, both representations of her are exaggerations…for god sakes she has braces when she has no makeup on. Last time I checked drug stores weren’t selling any cover up to hide the appearance of braces; otherwise high school might have been a little better.
This is the Barbs without makeupjust purse your lips, raise your brows, and open your eyes as wide as you can if your human. 


  1. I think I was scared when I read this article...honestly how can you live off of light and air? There has to be something deeper than just wanting to look like Barbie or Ken that is making these people want to look this way.

  2. Barbie without makeup is blowing my mind. Since she has no "real" underneath to begin with, does she??

  3. This blog post scares me. I still can't tell the difference between the real people and the dolls in those first two pictures at the top. Those are supposed to be the real people on the left, correct? The real people look so air brushed and plastic - like all their surgeries have somehow changed the texture of their skin. Also, as both Allie an Alexis have pointed out: "subsisting on air and light"? Really? Is that even possible? That just sounds like the stage in starvation when you no longer feel hungry. That makes me wonder what Valeria will look like when she's in her middle ages or later (if she lives that long with this extreme anorexia).

    The picture of the makeup-less barbie confuses me a bit because, as both Alexis and Robin have pointed out, it's still not real or an accurate representation. Even if they had just not colored on the makeup she would still look far more beautiful that the average person (which is the point, I think, in trying to "remove" her makeup) because she has an unrealistic bone structure. There's still nothing "real" to barbie, with or without makeup. And, I'm sure Valeria, like Justin, has had numerous plastic surgeries too look that way, especially to the face. Even those words "plastic surgery" rings with some kind of irony since they are trying to become a plastic doll. The next step would be to replace their skin with some sort of flexible plastic. At what point do they actually just become the plastic doll? Where does their humanity end?

  4. So, besides being really interested in the skin care regime of the human Ken doll, I would also like to point out that the human Ken doll partially financially sustains himself with his endeavor. The guy gets paid to go to parties, do photo shoots, and live his life as Ken--how the hell do you live your life playing the part of an inanimate object? If he were truly committing to the charade the boy would be laying face down, pants half off, with a remnant of Twinkie on his head in the corner of a room somewhere. I call bullshit Sir.

  5. "Human Barbie claims her breasts are the only fake part of her body, everything else is “real” (girl please)." I want to know why so many people are more than willing to alter themselves with surgery and fake body parts, yet they so desperately hold on to the claims of being "real." If they regard realness or true beauty so highly why do they change their bodies? And if they aren't concerned about being real, then go for it and own it! It's the same thing with "natural makeup" - if you want to look natural why wouldn't you just go natural instead of putting on makeup to look that way?


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