Real-life Barbie doll: Fake or flawless?

A Ukrainian woman sporting the plastic looks of a Barbie doll is under scrutiny about whether her appearance is real or not.

Valeria Lukyanova, 21, has posted hundreds of images on her Facebook pages that make her appear to be have every curve as flawless as the childhood doll.

But the wide-eyed, nearly fake looking images have been put under the microscope, and many wonder if her figure is actually Mother Nature's work or if they've had the assistance of photo editing.

ABC News reports if she is real and does not use Photoshop, she is likely the product of multiple plastic surgeries.

Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, told ABC News plastic surgery should never be used to transform oneself into a favorite celebrity or, in this case, a play toy.

"We believe evaluating any and all issues that may affect our patients' well-being, including psychological factors, is part of providing total patient care," Roth said in a statement. "Additionally, Valeria is also only 21, so certain milestones in growth and physical maturity ought to be considered before plastic surgery is performed. ASPS cautions patients to keep in mind that plastic surgery is real surgery with real risks, just as with any operation, so the decision should not be taken lightly."

Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, told ABC News the mystery of her existence is not the issue. Levin says her flaunted image epitomizes and exemplifies the issue of objectification of women in today's society.

"Barbie has always been controversial and really changed the discussion on how girls play," said Levin, author of the book, " So Sexy So Soon: The Next Sexualized Childhood and How Parents Can Protect Their Kids." "When Barbie came around, play suddenly became about dressing up and looking right and it eventually played a role in how women wanted to look in real life."

Levin encouraged parents to have an open discussion with their children about sexualization and objectification in the media.

"Rather than just writing it off as someone or something that is ridiculous, allow your child to share your thoughts and have an open discussion about healthy self-image and expectations for themselves and others," Levin said.

ABC News' efforts to contact Lukyanova have been unsuccessful.

Read more in ABC News' full report at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/23/the-real-life-ukrainian-barbie-doll/

 

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