There has been scepticism of Lukyanova. ABC News suggested that Lukyanova was a hoax aided by image editing software. Lukyanova admitted to having breast augmentation but no other plastic surgery,    and denies that she had ribs removed to make her waist smaller. Lukyanova is an instructor at the School of Out-of-Body Travel,  described as "an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body.
To look even more as a Barbie and achieve that effect Lukyanova often uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green eyes. She has stated that she has had breast implants and that the rest of her body thanks to gym workouts and her diet is completely natural and slender. Her photo-shoots usually try to emphasis her wearing little clothes that show as much as possible of her unreal doll-like figure. However Valeria is by origin Ukrainian same as her mother Irina that worker for the military during the period. Lukyanova had a thing for little doll toys from early age, probably one reason why she herself decided to go in such a direction later in life. Due achieve her body type she is a strict vegetarian, living on a liquid diet.