Sebastian Faena for V Magazine; styling by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.
Valeria Lukyonova became a viral sensation in the U.S. when Jezebel posted a video about the alleged surgery she underwent to look this way. V magazine managed to book the Ukrainian, who calls herself “the most famous Russian woman on the Russian-speaking internet” for a feature in the new “Girl Power” issue hitting newsstands November 15.
In an accompanying interview Valeria describes her typical day: “In the morning I work on my face and I get a massage, then i spend some time on the Internet. I meditate and travel in my astral body, and after that I work out at the gym. I go for a walk with my best girlfriend, I get home, and I make dinner for the man I love. Then I spend some more time on the Internet, do some reading and meditating, and go to bed.”
When Valeria went viral, people wondered whether she was real or simply a photoshopped creation that exists in pixels alone. Through an anonymous source, V confirmed she was real, and booked her for this feature. The magazine notes, “Our source also claimed that the Security Service of Ukraine is having Lukyanova’s activities monitored. ‘Be careful,’ we were warned. ‘We’re worried for you and do not want you to suffer from her.’”
In addition to being an internet celebrity, which is amazingly a full-time job nowadays, Valeria tells V she’s “a teacher at the School of Out-Of-Body Travel.” This is “an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body, where you can visit any place on the planet and in the universe.” She adds, “I know that this is the future of mankind.”
Her “spiritual name” is “Amatue.”
In addition to out-of-body travel (which one must assume amounts to, like, meditation) Valeria devotes her time to music. “I have written most of my songs during my astral travels or during meditation,” she tells V. “My genre is new age opera.” Of course.