The Barbie doll is the most famous and biggest-selling girl toy in the world. The Barbie doll has existed since the ’50s, and the doll’s popularity has kept growing over the years.
It is not your ordinary toy as it has attracted criticism and controversy, especially from feminists. When the doll was first released, it was for a white audience, but racially inclusive versions are available over time.
Some of the races that have been represented over time are; Hispanic, Chinese and Hawaiian. Feminists have claimed that the Barbie doll sets unrealistic standards for girls based on physical beauty and appearance.
The Barbie doll’s primary focus is on fashion. The founder’s vision was to boost the self-esteem of girls and grow their fashion sense. A counterpart of the Barbie is known as the Ken doll. Ken also has a fashion statement with clothes and accessories for boys.
With all this hype surrounding the dolls, it is no surprise that some crazed fans have gone to great lengths to look like the dolls in real life.
The most famous real-life look-alike to the Barbie doll is Valerie Lukyanova and her Ken doll counterpart, Justin Jedlica. Valerie is a Ukrainian model, while Justin Jedlica is an American model.
Their careers speak for their desire to resemble the world-famous dolls. The pair has spent millions of dollars in cosmetic surgery to resemble the Ken and Barbie dolls. Their doll resemblance fetish has brought with it a reasonable amount of criticism and controversy.
The Ken and Barbie dolls have created conceptions for children and teenagers of what physical beauty resembles. It is, therefore, no wonder that they grow up wanting to resemble the dolls they idolize. Some like Valerie and Justin have gone to great lengths to achieve this.
The duo is famous for their attempt to mirror the dolls, but their appearance is far from picture-perfect. The two models have opposing personalities.