The Female Perspective: Space Barbie vs. Muscle Barbie

Welcome! This blog is written by author J.L. Metcalf and will chat about comics, movies, garden gnomes, ghosts or even books and daily life. It is a place where I offer my ladylike perspective on anything and everything my brain can think of. 

Every day I find something new to write about. Some are good, some are bad and some are just plain weird. I think today’s blog topic is firmly rooted in the “just plain weird” category. I stumbled across a video by the real life Russian Barbie Doll named Valeria Lukyanova. Valeria is a Moldovan-Ukrainian model who has made a name (sort of) for herself by looking like a living, breathing Barbie doll. That’s her choice and that’s great as long as she is happy but what I stumbled across today is…well, it’s something alright. It’s further proof to me that everybody’s gotta be doing something.

Here’s the full-length video:

Now that you’ve watched it, what do you think? Do you think that this woman is truly a space alien from Venus? Is she here to preach the gospel of…um…aliens?

My thoughts on aliens is that sure, they most likely do exist but do I think they are planting people like this on Earth to observe us and teach us their ways? Not so much. For one, I like to think that alien beings are smarter than that. They would never plant someone so…obvious. Not to mention, they wouldn’t choose to make so little sense. I have to hope that aliens would make sense when they speak!

We have Valeria at times going on and on about her mission and her purpose here and how she has left her body at times. All of this could very well be true but my doubts stem from comments like this, “when a nun starts talking nobody listens but a woman who is looking like this…” Ok, so she is using her eye-catching looks to garner attention for her cause. I can believe that and be OK with it except for the fact that great figures in religious history didn’t do this so much. True spiritual people with a message don’t care about their looks, they are merely part of their earthly packaging.

Yep. She looks like Barbie.
Yep. She looks like Barbie.

What truly amused me is how they’d be filming a segment, she’d be talking about her spirituality and then all of a sudden she’d say something like, “There are people over there, our stuff is there…I can’t do this…” and she’d be frustrated. Or, at the very end when she was upset that she forgot to put on her belt and she almost had a “stroke” because people would think she didn’t have a nice waist without her belt.

To me, she is very clearly a flawed human being like the rest of us. She is beautiful, sure. She has some smarts in there and I truly believe that she believes what she is saying. I don’t want to sound like I am judging her or condemning her in any way. I am merely fascinated by her beliefs and her video (what’s with the beard and the voice?). I suppose my only real concern is that near the end of the piece, she talks about how she once killed herself to move onto another existence. I sure hope she doesn’t decide to do that again.

She really favors the head tilt when she is filming herself.
She really favors the head tilt when she is filming herself.

On the other side of the spectrum is a woman named Julia Vins, from Engels, Russia. She is eighteen years old and she lifts weights. She is referred to in this article as the “Incredible Hulk” which isn’t very flattering or fair. She has won numerous competitions and as she states in the piece, she finally found her “true life calling”.

Muscle Barbie. Pretty, strong and smart. A deadly combination.
Muscle Barbie. Pretty, strong and smart. A deadly combination.

‘I’m no ordinary doll. I hope everyone finds their true calling in life like I did.” -Julia Vins

This is a young girl who was lost, then one day she started going to the gym and found a passion for something that is driving her to be better and stronger every day. Is she taking it too far? I don’t believe so. She seems quite smart and she seems happy. What seems to disturb so many is that she is also very beautiful. She has big, giant eyes that resemble a Barbie dolls (without fake lenses in them) and a very pretty face.

‘I have these big, beautiful eyes and wear make-up. But at the same time, I’m strong.

‘I can deadlift 180kg in training. I want to become as big as possible.’ – Julia Vins

She is very clear about who she is and what she wants. I admire that about both women actually, they know who they are and they know what face they want to show to the world and they work hard towards establishing themselves. How can I judge or deride them for that? Simply because their choices are not the ones I would make? Nah. Their choices are their own and while I may not agree, I certainly respect them for it.

Both women receive a lot of opinions about their chosen looks. Valeria gets criticized for too much plastic surgery and for being too small. Julia gets a lot of attention as well. She is told she is ugly, too big and unnatural. What makes up an unnatural look? If it’s a look that makes the person feel comfortable does that make it OK? I just don’t know. There has to be limits on this type of stuff or people will go too far. At the same time, people should be allowed to be comfortable in their own skin. I guess what I’m asking is, are these ladies going too far?


What do you think? Are these women going to far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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