Ukraine's political turmoil dominates most headlines coming out of Eastern Europe these days, but this volatile nation also has a serious social disorder that revolves around Barbie- Mattel's classic doll.
The teenage beauty is a native of Ukraine, and her claim to fame is that she is a human doll. Not only her facial features are freakishly similar to that of the miniature plastic dolls, but she has a 20-inch waist to go with her 32F bra size!
Moreover, she claims that she has achieved her unnatural looks by completely NATURAL means. That means, no plastic surgery, dieting or Photoshop trickery was used for her transformation.
"I think I've achieved this image better than anyone else," she told Metro U.K. "I'm the ultimate vamp woman. I haven't even heard of Valeria Lukyanov [another well-known 'Human Barbie'].
"People have openly told me that they're jealous of me and how good I look. All of the boys at school fancy me as well but I don't like any of them. They are not to my taste."
Of course, Richi isn't the first Ukrainian model to turn herself into a real-life doll. Lukyanov and Alina Kovalevskaya both beat her to it.
The question remains that why people from this particular country are so interested in looking like plastic dolls. One possible explanation to that dilemma could be the easy availability of cheap cosmetic procedures. The Barbie look does sometimes open up doors to fashion and modeling, which is one possible way of escaping a tough life in Ukraine.
Valeria, Alina and now Lolita, as pretty (or fake) as they seem, are mutant forms of a social issue that will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.