If you thought that the real-life Barbie doll and her equally doll-like family were strange, we think we may have just discovered the ultimate in bizarrely hyperbolic character imitation. Behold: the real-life anime girl.
Check out 40 photos of Anastasiya Shpagina, the living, breathing Japanese cartoon character and tell us what you think. Is it cool or creepy? (Surprise, surprise, she’s actually friends with the real-life Barbie doll, Valeria Lukyanova, and you’ll see the photos they took together too.)
19-year-old Anastasiya Shpagina models herself after characters from cartoons and computer animations, spending hours painstakingly applying makeup to achieve her extreme look.
She is also considering eye surgery to further resemble her anime idols.