Valeria Lukyanova has become an Internet celebrity for her often-criticized appearance, as she’s popularly referred to as the “Human Barbie.”
Recently, the model – who now goes by the name Amatue — agreed to a Skype interview with Cosmopolitan where she opened up about her life, the strange mystique she’s built up around herself, and her popular nickname.
“I don’t think they are right,” she said, when asked what she thought about people referring to her as “Human Barbie.” “I think it’s even a little degrading and insulting, but 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.”
Despite not liking the “degrading” moniker, she often tags her own photos with #Barbie. According to Lukyanova, this is so that she can easily be found online.
“When people look for me, they look for me with that hashtag,” she explained. “I’m the most popular [Barbie] copy in the world. When people say ‘Barbie,’ it’s clear that it’s associated with me, not anyone else. So that’s why I use that hashtag — so people can find me this way.”
Meanwhile, Brazilian-born Celso Santebañes, who earned the nickname of Human Ken Doll, has died after a five-month struggle with leukemia, according to Yahoo News.
The 21-year-old died from bacterial pneumonia, brought on by his battle with the rare blood cancer. He died on Thursday at the Federal University of Uberlândia Clinical Hospital in Brazil, where he was undergoing his latest round of chemotherapy, according to the Latin Times.