Welcome to the real-world version of the Uncanny Valley. A young Ukrainian woman explodes her eyes and cinches her waist to become a real-life anime character.
n the geek world, cosplay is an art form. Sometimes it's just masks and colorful spandex. Sometimes it's elevated to a high level. Consider Anastasiya Shpagina, a 19-year-old Ukrainian whom some might call a goddess among cosplayers.
Shpagina is obsessed with anime. She's so obsessed, she turns herself into a real-life anime character, complete with giant eyes and a teensy body. She probably has a secret stash of Ramune, too.
Strategic application of eye makeup and costumes really make the anime look pop. There's definitely talent involved here, but the results are both fascinating and a little unsettling. The eyes are strange enough, but the miniscule waist is a bit of a head-scratcher. I hope it's as much an optical illusion as the eyes are.
In case you thought things couldn't get any weirder, there are also photos of real-life anime girl hanging out with real-life Barbie, a fellow Ukrainian woman named Valeria Lukyanova. Together, they could form the world's first Unrealistic Body Image Itty-Bitty Waist Committee.
This may be giving you some ideas for Halloween. If Shpagina can pull off the look, so can you (unless you're a 250-pound hairy guy, which might make it less believable). She shares her makeup tips on YouTube. Watch as she transforms herself into an anime Flower Fairy.