The Incredible Story of the Real Human Barbie
1. A Little Doll
In 1985, Valery and Irina Lukyanova welcomed their daughter Valeria into the world. They strove to provide their beloved child with an ordinary upbringing, or at least as normal as they could in their hometown Tiraspol, Moldova, which was part of the Soviet Union at the time.
Her dad worked as a builder by day and a disc jockey by night, while her mother’s occupation was in the military. Everyone doted on Lukyanova’s beauty with her long blonde locks and big doll-like eyes. However, they had no idea how much she’d internalize the very word “beauty” and how far she’d go to uphold it when she grew up.