The Real Life Barbie and Ken Meet: Do You Believe in Plastic Love at First Sight?

Many believe that little girls who grow up playing with Barbie dolls will come to have a distorted image of what the female body should be. Barbie can make girls feel like they have to be tall, skinny, blonde, tan, have large breasts and perfect feet for high heels. Well, in human form, the proportions aren’t as desirable as the doll may lead young girls to believe.

Barbie as an actual woman would be approximately, “5’9”, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips, and a size 3 shoe.” I would hope that if anyone could actually visualize the human version of their doll in this way, they wouldn’t want to look like one. At least not literally, right? Wrong. Which is why humans are so awesome! There is literally one person who thinks just about anything is a good idea. And in this case, two humans, because where would Barbie be without her Ken?

The “Real Human Barbie” is Ukranian 23-year-old Valeria Lukyanova. She has already spent $800,000 on her “look”, which may or may not definitely include surgical enhancements. It pains me to do this breakdown for you, but here it goes. Let’s pretend this girl actually had the money and is not festering in debt. With 800k, she could have earned 3.45 Harvard undergrad degrees or purchased 80 Hermès Birkin Bags or bought just shy of a decade of court side Bulls season tickets or closed on a really nice house/apartment or bought a fleet of 2013 Range Rovers or proposed to herself with 2.29 of the engagement rings that creepy old man Olivier Sarkozy gave MK Olsen. Point is, she could have bought a lot of nice things, but she didn’t. She sank all that money into making herself look like an anime doll and I’m not sure how many young girls who play with Barbie would go so far as to do the same. I’m also not sure if there are enough “anime appearances” to pay that bill off.

Anyway, Ken is 32-year-old Justin Jedlica of New York City. He’s had 90 surgeries so far – including silicone implants in his butt, stomach, biceps, triceps and chest (yes, male boob job). I mean, $100,000 later, he does look plastic, but he’s not even done yet. After all, perfection is so hard to achieve.

I would think this pair would be a match made in Mattel factory heaven, but the two met and it didn’t go very well. While Jedlica found Lukyanova to be “beautiful”, he also said in an interview with HuffPost Weird: “It appears to me that much of her look is added makeup, fake hair and ‘slimming’ corsets … Drag queens have put on the same illusions with makeup and costumes for years.” Meaning- she’s not good enough for him.

I’m sorry, Lukyanova may look absurd – and trust me, I think she does – but okay dude, you’ve had over 90 surgeries. I certainly don’t expect this guy to look beyond “imperfections” and appreciate Barbie’s personality, but based on his looks, I don’t really think he’s in a place to judge.

So what now? Will Barbie and Ken be able to find true plastic love? Maybe, but I really don’t know if I want that to happen.

Do you think Ken should have gone for Barbie? What do you think of this “body mod” movement? Let us know in the comments!

Featured image via HuffPost Weird

  • Bobbie Aleen Hendron

    It’s kind of a good thing they didn’t “hit it off”. If They had children, imagine how critical they would be on their appearance.

    • Caitlin Fitzgibbons

      Bobbie I agree- really don’t need any Barbie families.

    • Melanie Moir

      I agree, but I don’t see her having kids ever, it might ruin her look and she’d need to spend the money she wants to maintain her look on them instead. Unless she sees the child as an accessory….

  • Jes Seaman

    these people are so gross!!!

  • €ha$e

    The real barbie smh kkkkkkk

  • Veronika Lomakina

    its Ukrainian not Ukranian

    • Caitlin Fitzgibbons

      Sorry for the typo!

  • Eugenia Sendzuk

    i wonder how these people sleep at night – i mean does it hurt??))))))))))
    fortunately Barbies became popular here in Ukraine relatively not so long ago but i doubt whether this girl really understands what she has done to herself)
    the guy is just sick.
    the whole tradition of natural Ukrainian beauty can just explode!

  • Larissa Strong

    I’m looking at photos of her now, and she actually isn’t as distorted as a Barbie would be. Make-up enhances her already large eyes, and her breasts are a lot larger than her body. That’s really about it. Justin’s face looks fragile, though.

  • Hans Johan Svensson

    There has allways been various ideals on how we should look or act. Many of them has been questionable.
    I belive it´s a question of where we find ourselves and where we choose to go and why. We can only choose from what we know. And if a Barbiedoll is the only thing presented to us. . . .

    • Caitlin Fitzgibbons

      You make a good point. However, I don’t believe these two individuals only “know” Barbie.

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