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.com has 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.”
Anne Taylor’s LOFT line has given its shoppers an obvious and embarrassing Photoshop fail.
In product shots for Ann Taylor’s LOFT line, two models sport extremely bent out of shape and misplaced thumbs.
Advertising the brand’s Linen Twill Shorts, the model appears to have a jarring thumb popping straight out of her wrist, with the rest of her hand in the front pocket.
In a shot for LOFT’s Marisa Cargo Pants in White Cotton Poplin, the model seems to have her whole hand in the pant pocket, with a foreign thumb poking out from her wrist.
Advertising the brand's Linen Twill Shorts, the model appears to have a jarring thumb popping straight out of her wrist, with the rest of her hand in the front pocket
One can only assume the models stuffed their whole hands into the pockets for the shoot – forgetting to place their thumbs naturally outside the fold.
Instead it appears the digital team has added two thumbs in post-production, in an effort to get rid of the “disappearing hand” syndrome often seen in shoots.
This is not Ann Taylor’s first Photoshop fail, however.
The brand’s most famous airbrushing mishap was featured on its website a year ago, when a model’s entire arm was removed.
Anne Taylor eventually pulled the image from its website, replacing it with a variety of T-shirt color options.
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.
A model in an advert for Bloomingdales appears to have lost her entire pelvis thanks to some creative use of Photoshop as she presents the latest sweater dress.
The description for the Max & Cleo turtleneck sweater dress says it “boasts a waist-cinching belt for the most flattering fit”.
Models tend to be on the skinny side, but it looks like this woman’s belt has managed to squash her hips and completely remove her bottom.
A close-up of the dress shows it has been digitally altered to make it “drape” over her body.
The software is regularly used to create the ideal look for magazine or advertising purposes.
The description for the Max & Cleo turtleneck sweater dress says it “boasts a waist-cinching belt for the most flattering fit”
In May this year, Grazia magazine came under fire after a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge on its cover appeared to have been altered to slim down her waistline.
Less than a week after the Royal Wedding, the image of Kate in her wedding dress revealed a discrepancy between the line of her corset and the fabric of her Alexander McQueen skirt.
The Duchess of Cambridge was already slim, so it hardly seemed necessary to doctor the image.
H&M was also guilty of altering its images after a campaign featuring model Gisele Bündchen this year was deemed too risqué for the Middle East.
Despite revealing only her bare arms or a hint of cleavage, t-shirts or vests were Photo-shopped into the images for adverts running in Dubai.
In November, Beyoncé’s usually voluptuous legs were shaved until they were virtually stick-thin for the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar.
The image also did not show any hint of a baby bump – despite the fact her first child is thought to be due in February.