No, you're not looking at a computer generated character or an overly Photoshopped girl made to look like an impossibly big-eyed anime star. And it's certainly not one of those creepy guys that show up at anime conventions with those giant anime girl heads and head-to-toe schoolgirl outfits (yes, it's always a dude).
This is Anastasiya Shpagina, a 19 year old from the Ukraine who modifies her face and eyes with heavy makeup and contacts to appear as if she’s stepped out of her favorite anime series. Not only does she modify her eyes and face to freaky degrees, but she also apparently cinches her waist with a corset to appear impossibly thin (moreso). She also seems to pal around with a Real Life Barbie, who also manipulates her face and measurements to resemble the iconic Mattel doll.
Her geek-friendly looks have gotten her television interviews in her homeland and has stirred up debate between fans and detractors on her Facebook fan community over unrealistic body image issues and why she would go to such extremes to change herself. Most people see it as just something fun and harmless, an extreme form of cosplay, and look forward to seeing more tutorials on how to replicate her look for themselves. She currently has a YouTube video (below) that shows girls how to transform themselves into a “Flower Fairy” (with over 2.7 million views as of this posting). I’m sure that such techniques would also work on men, but I imagine that would come across a bit creepier than seeing an attractive Ukranian girl do it. To her credit, it’s the extent of her physical transformation that has gotten everyone talking, so she must be doing something right.
So what do you think – Is she being creative or just creepy? Does it appear that she has some self esteem issues or is she simply expressing herself no differently than a Star Trek fan would by slapping on a bumpy forehead to become a Klingon?
Check out additional images from her personal Facebook photo stream here (all images used in this post are owned by Anastasiya Shpagina and were taken from this album).