Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova has become a viral phenomenon, but her appearance looking much more human in a recent video has cast doubt on her claims that she uses no PhotoShop in her shoots.
The website TheDirty.comhas posted new videos that show Valeria Lukyanova looking drastically different than she does in still images.
The site’s founder, Nik Richie, has dubbed her the “Michael Jackson of the Ukraine”.
“This girl is a FRAUD. She had been badly photoshopping her photos since the beginning of her time online,’ writes one anonymous TheDirty comment. ‘Her videos aren’t photoshopped. Does she still look the same? There is a ton more of videos out there and as you can see from them, she looks nothing like she does when she photoshops her photos.”
The site has also accused her of being a former mail-order bride.
Valeria Lukyanova has denied that she has had plastic surgery or used PhotoShop to create her images.
In one of her latest videos, Valeria Lukyanova tilts her head at uncomfortable angles and gives bizarre rebukes to critics, but also looks far more like a normal woman than the Barbie image she’s made her name on.
“Everyone who will try to ask me about my neck at least one more time in their life will be banned immediately,” she said.
“Mean people.. Can’t you understand I have neck problems? And I can’t hold my neck straight.”
Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova has become a viral phenomenon, but her appearance looking much more human in a recent video has cast doubt on her claims that she uses no PhotoShop in her shoots
She goes on to complain that her “thin and fragile neck” can’t support her “big head”.
Valeria Lukyanova recently finished her first photo shoot for V Magazine where she attempted to explain her obsession with looking like the iconic doll even as it confounds people.
“(I’m) happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job,” she said, before responding to accusations of plastic surgery.
“This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement.”
“I’m an idealist and a perfectionist,” she said.
“And I want my looks to reflect the world within me and how I feel.”
A Photoshop alteration raised alarms over a pretty model in a burnt orange dress, who appeared to have had a run-in with a very heavy airbrush.
The devilishly bad piece of retouching at Simply Be left the brunette with an apparently freakishly clawed left hand, complete with six fingers and right-angled gashes.
Alongside the sharp digits, the unwitting model’s right hand was given a stumped, forked thumb.
As Vernon and the team at the Photoshop Disasters write: “On the upside, her dress is a lovely color, and the photo has made this model the most in-demand guest at all finer marshmallow and wienie roasts.”
The alteration begs the question of whether the rest of the image – including the dress for sale – has been unrealistically and misleadingly enhanced.
A devilishly bad piece of retouching at Simply Be left a model with an apparently freakishly clawed left hand, complete with six fingers and right-angled gashes
After the story made its way onto Jezebel, Simply Be quickly changed the image to something for more human and less ghoulish.
The kimono dress is now worn by a model who, the site acknowledges, is a “non-mutant” – and, thankfully, rather more attractive – version.
As if Photoshop hadn’t already had enough criticism of late, the blunder adds fuel to the anti-retouching lobby.
Moves to restrict the use of retouching on commercial images are gaining momentum, no thanks to the embarrassing backlash that airbrushing errors such as this creates.
On the basis of a poll that found that readers were increasingly feeling deceived by commercial images, Glamour magazine has just announced that it will ask commissioned photographers not to alter the shapes of models – even if a celebrity requests a ‘digital diet’.
No matter how beautiful or famous, celebrities and models alike regularly fall foul of over-zealous retouching – with some companies, such as Makeup Forever, increasingly making a point of only publicizing entirely unaltered images.