Here is an interesting story I found this evening on The Daily Mail about a Ukrainian born 19 year old who lives her life as an Anime character.
With her enormous, glassy eyes, purple hair and coquettish pose, this girl could have stepped from the scene of a Japanese anime film.
Anime fan Anastasiya Shpagina has transformed herself into a living cartoon character, complete with miniature waist, vividly-coloured hair, and a defined pout.
Originally from the Ukraine, the 19-year-old takes style inspiration from the cartoons and computer animations that have a huge following in Japan, and has even adopted a Japanese name – Fukkacumi.
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Anime characters often feature huge eyes and heads that are disproportionately large in comparison to their body.
Shpagina, who is just 5ft2ins tall, is already reported to have slimmed down to just over six stone in her attempts to resemble a living anime character, and is said to spend 30 minutes painstakingly applying her dramatic make-up to each one of her eyes.
It is thought Shpagina may go even further in her efforts to achieve her desired look, with some reports claiming she intends to undergo surgery on her eyes to make her resemble her anime idols even more closely.
The teenager, who has over 10,000 fans on Facebook, also posts videos on YouTube demonstrating how she applies her make-up.
One clip, in which Shpagina reveals to fans how she achieves her ‘flower fairy’ look, has been watched more than 150,000 times.
Inspiration: Many anime characters are drawn with enormous eyes and tiny waists
Shpagina is not the first young girl to take style inspiration from the world of fantasy. American Dakota Rose – or Kota Koti – has been dubbed the ‘real-life Barbie’ thanks to her doe-eyed stare and dainty proportions.
The teenager has amassed a global audience by posting fashion and beauty tutorials on YouTube.