Russian Barbie lookalike, Angelica Kenova, might look like she has it all, but a heartbreaking interview with the 26-year-old model has revealed life in plastic isn't always fantastic.
Instead, Angelica revealed that she lives under a strict regime of parental control that micromanages everything she does, from what she is permitted to eat and who she is allowed to date.
Although Kenova claims that she works as a professional model, a child psychologist and a ballet dancer, she still lives at home with her parents so they can keep a watchful eye on her. Angelica spoke out to News.au to explain the situation in more detail, she told interviewers that:
"Growing up, my parents raised me like a princess and never let me go out, date boys or have the usual adult experiences. As a result, I am not fit for real life – I’m like a living doll. My mum and dad have been overprotective all my life. Some parents practically chuck their child out of the family home when they reach the age of 18 but not mine."
It's upsetting to read that a 26-year-old woman with a career has been brought up to think that she isn't capable of living in the real world on her own, but that is just the beginning of the heartbreaking revelations Kenova has made in various interviews.
Angelica also explained how her controlling parents have been trying to shape her body to emulate Barbie's impossible figure since she was at high school, she told Metro that:
"When I became a teenager, my parents hired a personal trainer who created an individual training programme for me. I work out with him for 2-3 hours five times per week to maintain my beautiful figure. He makes me do a mixture of weight training and cardio. I jog in the mornings too. My personal trainer also advises me on my nutrition although I do not want to reveal my diet – it’s a secret."
Although she is clearly very sheltered, Angelica was given the most expensive education money can buy and she clearly has a wise enough head on her shoulders to know how restrictive her life is, she explained:
"Given how old I am, I should be independent but my parents insist I still live with them. They don’t want me to move into my own place and I am still dependent on them financially. I’m not even allowed to buy clothes without my mum there – she likes to choose attire that clings to my figure and emphasize my good features. My mother also demands that she accompanies on any dates. So I’ve never had a proper boyfriend. All the boys I know are just friends unfortunately."
While women like the infamous Ukranian Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova, seem to have made their own decisions when it comes to emulating the iconic doll, Kenova's doll-like stylings are very much the product of her mother's desires.
From an early age, Angelica's mother has encouraged her daughter to idolize the all American doll by encouaging her to copy the outfits in her Barbie collection and emulate signature poses, she explained that:
"When I turned six, my mum started buying me collectible Barbie dolls and enthusiastically dressing me up like one. My mother loved Barbie’s slender beauty, golden curls, cute face and beautiful clothes. My mother inspired me and urged me to be exactly the same. I would pose in the mirror for hours and put on performances for my parents’ friends. Everyone nicknamed me the ‘Russian Barbie.'"
Despite the strict rules of her upbringing, Angelica loves her parents very much and is motivated by a desire to keep them happy, she told News Dog Media that:
"I really love my family and I don't want to upset them. If I ever decided to live apart or do something against their will, it would be a scandal."
This love as respect for her family doesn't mean that Angelica doesn't want to break out of her box for good one day, she told interviewers that:
"My parents have kept me in a glass palace all my life but one day hopefully, I will be able to break free. It is never too late to start an independent life!”