There is a healthy confront for me upon discovering this Ukranian woman who underwent multiple cosmetic surgeries to look like a Barbie Doll. Valeria Lukyanova has become famous, her pictures are on the internet, she is a fashion model, all following her transformation into a living toy lookalike.
Obviously many people (myself included) want to change their appearance through exercise, diet and fitness to come closer to some aesthetic ideal they/I value and respect. Others resort to cosmetic surgery to alter a nose, a chest, a mouth to achieve a similar goal. I wrote about Orlan , who had various body parts reconstructed through surgery to look like the women in famous paintings and sculptures–the chin of Botticelli’s Venus, Mona Lisa’s forehead, etc.
So what should we think of Valeria’s unusual choice of looking like Barbie? Silly? Or smart? She has achieved notoriety, fame, money. She has perfected the glazed stare. She certainly stands out from the pack. I just wonder if she has violated any copyrights that the manufacturer has…maybe she agreed to give Mattel royalties. BTW I know this is a big change of pace from the sublime beauty of Zen Archery. Well a life can have many parts, and they don’t all have to be serious and admirable.