Valeria Lukyanova was like any other little girl when she was growing up; she was obsessed with Barbie dolls. Yet unlike her friends, Valeria’s fascination with the pretty plastic doll didn’t fade.

The story of the girl from Ukraine who grew up to become a real-life Barbie doll is a strange one. Since reaching her teens, she has dedicated her entire life to becoming the human Barbie, and won’t stop until she reaches the perfection she desires.

But exactly how did Valeria’s obsession transpire to an unhealthy relationship with body image? From her spiritual beliefs to her strict diet, discover more about her incredible journey below. How did she become known as the world’s first real-life Barbie doll?