I know there have been a lot of wannabe Barbie girls lately, but the most recent takes the cake in my opinion. Her name is Valeria Lukyanova, and you’ve probably heard of her if you’re on your computer as much as I am. She’s my age (21) and from Ukraine. Here’s a picture:
Now, it’s pretty obvious she’s had a terrifying amount of plastic surgery, although apparently she’s claiming it’s “just good genes.” Ha. Ha. Ha. We’re not blind, sweetheart. So there are articles saying it could be a hoax, there are articles saying it’s not… whatever. For my purpose here, it’s all 100% real. I saw the video of her without makeup, I don’t really think it’s fake. I also don’t really see how this is news…. The fact that this is on multiple news sites, including (but not limited to) The Huffington Post, News.com, The Herald Sun, ABC, Yahoo!, ABC AGAIN, International Business Times, Entertainment Weekly (fine this makes sense), and The New York Daily News is a sign of our times. I mean, COME ON.
Yes, she’s creepy looking. Yes, the poor girl clearly has psychological issues. Yes, the internet isn’t exactly a haven for intelligent people who get famous because they’re talented or innovative. If you’re a fame whore, you can pretty much get famous for anything on the internet. The point is, we’re living in a world that’s basically falling down around us while we all gawk at some misguided, plastic-looking sideshow. I don’t want to come off as holier-than-thou. I definitely only know that she’s on so many news sources because I saw an article about her on The Gloss and decided to search her name on Google. I want to (and do) work in public relations and fashion for christ’s sake, I’m not exactly a saint. I just think the frenzy over the latest ridiculous thing, a girl’s appearance no less, is stupid.
Think about it this way: we already spend a disgusting amount of time focusing on looks in this country and in others around the world. Every single magazine is plastered with images of celebrities, either berating them for being ugly or fat, or trying to tout products and convince people that by using them they’ll resemble a celebrity. It even happens to political figures. Think back to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and remember how much time was spent in the news comparing her appearance to Sarah Palin’s. IT IS SO DETRIMENTAL TO WOMEN. The time spent oggling beauty (or making fun of a girl whose probable constant exposure to images of thin, gorgeous women prompted her to turn herself into a Barbie monster) would be much better spent celebrating women for their awesome achievements.
I’m going in circles here but I’d just like to point out that Sara Blakely just made the Time 100 because she’s the youngest self-made female billionaire. Guess how she made all that $$$$. By selling women Spanx! Which make you appear thinner! So Sara Blakely was honored for her achievement, and her achievement just feeds into the problem we already have. Just pointing that out.
Anyway, all I’m saying is that I think people need to stop being so stupid and realize that while beauty and fashion are REALLY FUN, all of the focus on them in the news is a complete waste of time and intelligence. Save the beauty and fashion for the people in those industries (hello Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Marie Clair, etc) and leave the news sources to the real news. Thank you!