Mattel’s Barbie dolls are some of the most recognized toys in the world. However, Barbie’s rise to fame has been full of controversy. For example, many parents have worried that Barbie creates unrealistic body image standards for young girls.
If a Barbie doll is scaled to human size, then Barbie stands at 5’9” and weighs 110 pounds. Additionally, she has a 36-inch chest, 18-inch waist, and 33 inch hips. If a woman were to have these measurements, she wouldn’t even be able to menstruate! While we do not advise any of you to strive for a “Barbie” image, there are a few people who have made their life goal to become a real-life Barbie. Prepare to learn more about Valeria Lukyanova, the world-famous “living” Barbie!
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How It All Started
Valeria was born on June 21, 1991, in Ukraine to a family that lived from paycheck to paycheck. Valeria’s father even had to work part-time as a disc jockey to make ends meet, and Valeria knew from a young age that she wanted to be rich when she grew up.
Regardless of her family’s financial situation, Valeria’s parents tried to make her childhood as normal as possible and provided her with Barbies and other toys.