'Human Barbie' Valeria Lukyanova Finds Her Nickname 'Degrading'
Valeria Lukyanova may be best known to the world as “Human Barbie,” but she isn’t a fan of being called that.
“I don’t want people to try to copy someone, and that’s why I don’t like when people think I am imitating a doll; it’s degrading,” she told Cosmopolitan. “I’m used to it now, since that’s what my work demands and this is precisely the image most fans request. So I have to comply with it because it’s become part of my aesthetic image, but I don’t like it.”
To achieve that image, the Ukraine-native, 29, spends an hour on hair, an hour on her makeup, and five to six hours at the gym daily.
“For me, it is normal, [like how] other people brush their teeth and take a shower,” she told the mag of her extreme workout sessions. “For me, it is necessary to engage in weight-lifting. It’s part of me. It’s my lifestyle. My body thanks me for constant training and an increase in strength.”
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Although she has claimed in past interviews that her diet consists of only air and light, Lukyanova told Cosmopolitan that she adheres to a raw food diet.
“I really like all kinds of vegetables and especially broccoli,” she said. “I also really like nuts, but I don’t eat many of them because they are very high-calorie. For fruit, it’s grapefruit and apples. For many years, I have eaten only raw foods.”
This means the social media star stays away from sweets.
“I’m working to have definition, especially definition in the abs,” she explained. “I’ve noticed that even if I eat one ice cream, the next day, I have a thicker fat layer, so I try not to eat that.”
Lukyanova – who claims in the interview that she doesn’t Photoshop her Instagram photos – may go to certain extremes to maintain her appearance, but tells the magazine she does not use Botox.
“I’m opposed to that,” she said. “I think that if we can preserve [our skin], we should do that. I’m not worried [about getting old] because the most important thing is our thoughts. We look however we feel.”