With platinum blonde hair, plumped-up lips and ample cleavage, Ashton Clarke is Barbie's walking, talking doppelgänger. But the hot 22-year-old is sick of people wrongly judging her due to her plastic-fantastic style. The multilingual student speaks four languages and is working towards her Ph.D. in psychology, yet people instantly brand her as "thick."
Ashton didn't always look like a living doll. At the age of 16, the mousy teen decided to revamp her look and started styling herself as a Barbie. To emulate the look, she dyes her hair blonde, applies fake tan, gets lip fillers and wears contouring makeup, false eyelashes, hair extensions and colored contact lenses.
Although Ashton, from Knoxville, Tennessee, feels happier and more confident as a Barbie, people are quick to judge her on her appearance. "They expect me to be an airhead or shallow."
This 16-year-old human Barbie claims that she has never gone under the knife. Lolita Richi, from Ukraine, says that she is "the ultimate vamp woman", and claims that she has the "best doll-like beauty."
Richi, who has a tiny 20-inch waist, a 32F bra size and uses contact lenses to get the wide-eyed doll stare, revealed that people are "jealous" and boys, who were "not to her taste" fancied her at school.
Meet Angelica Kenova, the new "Human Barbie" in town, who not only looks likes like a living doll, but is often treated like one. Angelica, 26, from Moscow, Russia, still lives with her parents and has never had a boyfriend.
She has been dressing up as Barbie since birth and is only allowed to go on dates if her mother, Natalia, accompanies her. Angelica—who claims to be a model, child psychologist and ballet dancer—regularly poses for half-naked photos with her parents' approval.
Meet the walking, talking, living doll who looks like Barbie despite never going under the knife. Alina Kovalevskaya, from Ukraine, is a YouTube star who has made a splash by showing off her doll-like charms. The 21-year-old has amassed a huge following for her figurine-like features which she claims to have achieved without the help of plastic surgery.
Kovalevskaya hails from Odessa—the same city as Valeria Lukyanov, who has made headlines around the world for her unique look and controversial opinions. The pair were once friends, but their relationship has since soured.
Brazilian Celso Santebanes, 20, spent £30,000 ($50,000) on surgery to turn himself into a human version of Barbie's boyfriend. He started his transformation into Ken after winning a modeling contest at the age of 16.
He was catapulted to fame after being spotted by a talk show in his native Sao Paulo and began to charge up to £10,000 for VIP appearances. Celso grew up with dolls and claimed that his family had always told him he looked like the doll, which inspired him to become a "human puppet."
Sadly, in 2015, Santebanes died after losing a five-month battle against leukemia.
Three years ago, the whole world became obsessed with Valeria Lukyanova, aka the "Human Barbie." She refuses to give her age, but various reports put her anywhere from 24 to 29 years old.
Everyone marveled at her physical Barbieness—huge boobs, tiny waist, long blonde hair, and creepily disconcerting made-up doll eyes. The Internet peanut gallery debated as to whether or not she'd removed ribs to make her waist appear smaller, and if it was indeed possible to survive on light and air, as she claimed she did. Some even accused her of Photoshopping her images.
In addition to her extreme physique (the only surgery she's admitted to is breast implants), she has created an intriguing backstory around herself. She claims to be able to speak to aliens, to time-travel and is spiritual leader called Amatue. She continues to share her life online, often posting multiple images per day of herself in rapid succession on Instagram, where she posts as Amatue. She is a self-described "opera/new age" singer, as well as an "actress, writer, and poet," according to her profile.
7Anastasia Reskoss & Quentin Dehar
When image-obsessed Quentin Dehar, 23, and Anastasia Reskoss, 20, met at a party two years ago, it was love at first sight. After deciding they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, they embarked on a mission to morph into Barbie and Ken. The couple has since splashed a staggering £209,000 to look like the famous plastic dolls. Their list of surgeries includes two boob jobs, four nose jobs, lip injections, butt implants, cheek fillers, ear reshaping surgery, Botox and eye bag removal. A large sum has also been spent on fake tanning, teeth whitening, nail extensions and veneers.
A surgery-loving human Barbie doll who had six ribs removed has said she felt trapped in her old body and described her struggle as similar to that of a transgender person.
Pixee Fox had already spent more than £80,000 ($140,000) on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But she has now taken her obsession even further by having her lower ribs removed to make her waist a record-breaking 14 inches. The 25-year-old says she was inspired by animated characters like Jessica Rabbit, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Holli Would from Cool World.
A California woman who describes herself as Barbie-obsessed says she uses hypnotherapy sessions in the hopes that it will decrease her IQ. "I just want to be the ultimate Barbie. I want to be brainless," Blondie Bennett, 38, told Barcroft TV. "I don't like being human if that makes sense. Natural is boring. I would love to be like, completely plastic."
Bennett has had five breast augmentations and other procedures in the hopes of attaining her goal. But now she says she's undergoing hypnotherapy sessions two-to-three times a week to dumb down her thoughts.
In May 2015, a man who has spent more than £150,000 on his quest to become a human Ken doll went under the knife to have "wings" implanted into his back. Justin Jedlica, who says he won't stop having surgery until he is "100% plastic," has had 190 operations, among them five nose jobs, shoulder implants, and a chin augmentation.
His latest operation involved having four implants, all self-designed, placed on his back in a bespoke procedure designed to "give the illusion of wings." The experimental procedure involved having one huge implant placed beneath the muscle on his back with further implants stacked on top of the muscle on both sides.
He also took the opportunity to have what he calls "Julia Roberts' veins" on his forehead dealt with in a dangerous procedure that could have left him blind.