Valerie Lukyanova, a Ukrainian model/singer attempting to become the human embodiment of Mattel’s Barbie, has announced that she is currently undergoing training in order to survive without food. She was quoted by the International Business Times as having said:
In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all; I’m hoping it’s the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone.
While all of this might sound absurd to some, there is a small, not so well known, number of followers who practice Breatharianism. The doctrine of this belief essentially entails human survival through the absorption of energy through spiritual means rather than the intake of food. For those wondering whether or not there is any legitimacy to this belief, it’s worth noting that the movement has come under fire for the starvation deaths of a number of followers.
Amongst those who have perished as a result, there was a Swiss woman who had watched the controversial documentary film In the beginning there was light and read a book by Jasmuheen, an Australian Breatharian whose real name is Ellen Greve. According to a report by Fox News, the autopsy of her body indicated that she had passed away from starvation.
For those wondering about the human Barbie’s beliefs, here’s a short list that we compiled from a Metro report. She believes that:
- She is from outer space.
- She can speak with aliens through light.
- She has the ability to time travel.
With a 50cm waist, she doesn’t appear to have much stored energy so it does come as a surprise to this writer to learn of her attempt to survive without food. To this writer, the basis of this movement sounds strangely reminiscent of anorexia. What do you think will happen with Lukyanova’s attempt to embrace Breatharianism?