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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Valeria Lukyanova

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Famous For:
Actress, Model, Miss Diamond Crown of the World
Networth:
$1-5 Millions
Currently Known For:
The Doll
Famous Years:
2007 - Present
Birthdate:
August 23, 1985
Valeria Lukyanova


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  famous for:
Actress, Model, Miss Diamond Crown of the World

  networth:
$1-5 Millions

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More celebrities than would like to admit have "had a little work done." For some that may mean more extensive plastic surgery, while others may only have a sagging neck tucked in or an occasional bit of filler added in order to maintain a youthful look. After all, when you're in show-business, your appearance is a big part of the job. And there are those celebrities who not only aim to correct this or that, but completely reinvent themselves through cosmetic surgery. Such is the case with Valeria Lukyanova, who has been called the Human Barbie Doll.

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Miss Diamond Crown

Born on August 23, 1985 in the Ukraine, Valeria Lukyanova first rose to fame through her win at the 2007 Miss Diamond Crown of the World beauty pageant. The pageant saw her competing against three hundred other women, and was an open contest. Her stunning, Barbie-like appearance made her an instant overnight celebrity in Russia, and immediately she had newspapers and magazines lining up to interview her. A photo shoot with Sebastian Faena for V Magazine then helped her to branch out to an international audience.

In the United States and elsewhere, people were not only stunned by her appearance, but in literal disbelief, with many in the US theorizing that her photos must have been doctored through Photoshop or some other photo-editing program. Or maybe she didn't exist at all, but was produced on a laptop by some special effects wizard. She is very real, however.

To date, Valeria has publicly confessed to having had her breasts augmented, and of course, using contact lenses to make her eyes look larger and more Barbie-like, but beyond this she has generally denied all of the plastic surgery rumors that have followed her. Many have speculated that she may have had some lower ribs removed for a tighter hourglass figure, or that she had her nose trimmed so that she could look more like a Barbie doll. We're not here to speculate, ourselves, only to say that if her looks are mostly natural, she is one of the greatest contouring makeup artists alive.

A number of photos of a younger Valeria have surfaced, showing her to be a beautiful young woman, but with enough physical differences to her present appearance as to prove that she has undergone extensive plastic surgery. Valeria, however, insists that these images have been faked in order to discredit her claims that her beauty is one hundred percent natural.

Breatharian

You're not going to believe this, but Valeria is a bit of an eccentric. She is a lifelong raw-vegan, surviving mostly on a liquid diet, but once tried to phase out even that, as a "breatharian." This means that she would consist solely on light and air. She gave up on this goal for a time because it's not scientifically possible, but if she ever does pull it off she'll certainly go down in the history books.

Surprisingly, Valeria was, at first, a little bothered by the "Human Barbie" nickname, but came to accept it as her claim to fame. You can't always pick how you're going to get famous, all you can do is make sure to capitalize on it should it happen.

While Valeria is mostly known for her work as a model, she has also worked as a composer and opera singer, recording the album Sun in the Eyes and 2013, a pair of new-age records, under the stage name of Amatue.

With all of the fame that has come Valeria's way, she wound up marrying not a "human Ken doll," but her childhood friend Dmitry Shkrabov, a Ukrainian businessman. Perhaps once you've had a taste of the celebrity world you wind up being a little more comfortable around the people you grew up with than you are in the world of stars, reporters and photogs.

You can say of many glamorous celebrities, people with an eccentric appearance or an unusual lifestyle, that they are "surprisingly down to earth." Not so with Valeria Lukyanova. From her oddball new-age albums to her interest in quitting food for good to some of the startling views she's shared in interviews, she is as unique a person as you might have guessed from looking at her. Whether you think she's one of the most beautiful women you've seen in your life, or you just find her a little strange, we can all agree that there aren't a whole lot of people like her on this planet of ours.

"My communication with aliens is not verbal, we speak the language of light."