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Real life Barbie not so in love with Ken

Going for cosmetic surgery to look like Barbie and Ken?

Apparently, it's not impossible.

The Barbie look-alike is Ukrainian Valeria Lukyanova, 23, with her long peroxide blonde hair, minuscule waist and large bust.

Ken look-alike is silicone-pumped American, Justin Jedlica, 32.

The two met for the first time for an upcoming edition of Inside Edition in New York, a half-an-hour American television syndicated news programme.

Unlike the "dolls", they hated the sight of each other, The Sun reported.

Miss Lukyanova didn't hit it off with her chiselled male counterpart and she bluntly said after their rendezvous: "He overdid his lips".

Photographs showed them posing awkwardly side-by-side, the Daily Mail reported, with forced smiles and Barbie looking rather cool and stand-offish.

Last November, Mr Jedlica said that he did find her beautiful but told The Huffington Post: "It appears to me that much of her look is added make-up, fake hair and "slimming" corsets. Drag queens have put on the same illusions with make-up and costumes for years."

Miss Lukyanova hit back during the Inside Edition show: "Justin said bad things about me but he had more than 90 operations, while I had only one... I had breast implants because I want to be perfect.

Explaining why he aspires to look like a plastic doll, he told Inside Edition: "Children play with Barbie and Ken all the time, so it has been fed to us from a young age... what is beautiful or handsome."

Mr Jedlica shot to fame last year when it emerged that he had spent US$100,000 (S$124,000) on body sculpting procedures. Recently, he went under the knife for the 100th time, the report said. "I've always been into plastic surgery because it's an extension of me being creative," he said during an interview on The Doctors, a US talk show.

Among his surgeries are five rhinoplasties (nose jobs), a cranial brow bone shape and augmentations to his cheeks, lips, buttocks and chin.

He was 18 when he had his first plastic surgery and has since had regular procedures done. "It was really something that set me apart and validated me. I felt so euphoric," he said of his first surgery.

Miss Lukyanova, meanwhile, has admitted that she had breast implants, but insists that the rest of her body is natural.

She attributes her figure to "daily gym workouts".

Aside from make-up and skimpy outfits, she wears blue contact lenses over her naturally green eyes to complete her Barbie look.

On the subject of being a living doll, she told Inside Edition that "Barbie is the ideal woman". She says she had been fascinated with the Mattel character since she was five.

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