Ukrainian Girl Turns Herself into Real-Life Anime Girl

A Ukrainian teenager has become famous in the Internet after making herself look like a Japanese anime character come to life.

With her enormous eyes, a doll-sized waist and purple hair Anastasiya Shpagina could have stepped from the scene of a Japanese anime film. Photo: Anastasiya Shpagina/Facebook

It takes 19-year-old Ukrainian hairdresser hours each day o transform herself into the real life anime character.

At first glance, a teenager can’t be distinguished from anime drawing and her photographs doesn’t seem as those of an actual living, breathing human being.

The anime-fan, who loved playing with make-up from an early age, combined it with her another obsession and the real-life anime girl, and has even adopted a Japanese name – Fukkacumi.

The hairdresser revealed in an interview that Valeria Lukyanova, the 21-year-old who sparked controversy in the spring by using plastic surgery and photo retouching to become a real-life Barbie, is one of her inspirations and the two are pictured together in many of her photographs.

Both young women live in Odessa, and according to images posted on the social networking site VK, they appear to be close friends.

Lukyanova is claimed to be the most famous woman on the Russian Internet, but Shpagina may have overtaken her, Buzz Patrol reports.

Shpagina started posting videos of herself online last summer and her YouTube channel has since received more than 1.9 million views in total. She also has more than 10,000 followers on Facebook, and has appeared on Ukrainian TV.

One clip, in which the teen demonstrates how she achieves her ‘flower fairy’ look, has been watched more than 150,000 times.

She revealed that her further plans to undergo eye-surgery to make her eyes appear bigger without using make-up to offer that illusion.

Fukkacumi also hopes that one day she’ll get one more surgery to make her waist smaller too, at just 39 kilos and 1.58 meters tall.

Anastasiya Shpagina is not the first young girl to take style inspiration from the world of fantasy and tailes. American Dakota Rose – also known as Kota Koti – has been dubbed the ‘real-life Barbie’ thanks to her doe-eyed stare and dainty proportions.

Kato Koti has gained her popularity over the Internet after she amazed audience with her YouTube fashion and beauty tutorials.

However, the American Barbi was highly criticized and even has been warned that she could encourage the sexualisation of children.

A Bolivian newspaper, Opinion.com.bo reported: “Thousands of girls around the world have shown interest in this girl, wanting to look like her. It is a great risk that girls are being influenced in this way.”

Experts have also expressed their concern. Dr Gray, clinical director at The British CBT & Counselling Service suggested that too much emphasis and attention on physical appearance from an early age could have ‘disastrous consequences’, encouraging anxiety, depression and eating disorders later in life.

She told The Daily Mail: “At any age placing too much value on physical appearance can be potentially detrimental to a person’s self esteem and sense of self worth. Equally concerning is why these images have been created and for what purpose.”

Dr Gray went on, adding: “Distorting or enhancing pictures of children so that they appear older and more sexual surely crosses the line between how we should treat the children in our society and how we should not.”

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