Since the dawn of time, we have all tried to imitate our idols.
Be it religious figures in the Bible, Hollywood icons, or reality stars, we have always been subconsciously trying to emulate those in the limelight.
Once you understand this, you can begin to make sense of the Kardashians’ reign over the entertainment industry.
But long before the Kardashians, there was Barbie. The plastic fantastic doll is iconic for the way in which she has influenced culture. From her bleach blonde locks to her tiny waist, Barbie has is responsible for a lot of the world’s worst and best trends.
Today, the controversial dolls are worth a staggering $476 million, with one in practically every home across the globe.
The reason behind Barbie’s success is obvious: girls want to be her and guys want to date her. Not a real Barbie, of course, but a human that possesses her physical traits.
Since 1959, Barbie has been the reason why thousands of women (and men) have flocked to the hair salon to have their hair dyed a golden hue. She is the reason why many young girls skip their meals and plaster on makeup behind their parents’ backs.
Of course, there is only so much inspiration you can take from Barbie. Because, at the end of the day, who really wants to look like the doll? Her legs have no knees!
As it turns out, there are actually two people in this world who want to look identical to Barbie – and they both hail from Poland.
The first is Anella, an architect, who has spent an eye-watering $30,000 on surgery to help transform her into the plastic fantastic doll.
Then there is Wiktoria Sypucinska, who is currently competing with Anella to be unofficially crowned the ultimate ‘human Barbie’.
Sypucinska, a cast member on Warsaw Shore (Poland’s answer to Jersey Shore), is not ashamed to admit that she has had significant work done to transform her lips into a Barbie perfect pout.
But, by comparison to Anella, she has barely even begun her cosmetic surgery journey.
In her attempts to look like Barbie, Anella has had a nose job, boob job and a dangerous level of silicone injected into her lips.
Of course, this isn’t an official competition. The two wannabes are simply calculating the winner based upon their social media followings – which are practically neck and neck.
Anella boasts 138,000 followers on her Instagram account, while Wiktoria is slightly behind with 135,000.
Both believe that they are entitled to the crown, but those who follow them are divided.
Some believe that Wiktoria is the superior Barbie because her look is more natural. Whilst others support Anella’s dedication to her dream.
As for me, I don’t think I could possibly choose a winner. Surely the real winner is the person who forges their own identity rather than copying someone else? Because, whilst Barbie may be the idol for young girls across the globe, she’s not a real representation of women – well, unless you are happy to have some extreme surgery!