Anastasiya Shpagina (Fukkacumi) – Ukraine’s Real-Life Anime Girl

It’s official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today’s example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name – Fukkacumi. Not the most inspired choice, I must say…

Just last Friday I wrote an article about a rather creepy-looking Chinese model called Tina Leopard, who had the pointiest chin I’d ever seen and had risen to Internet fame thanks to her anime-like appearance. I had discovered there was actually a trend sweeping China, with thousands of Chinese teens posting photos of themselves with anime-style makeup and hairstyles, but apparently it’s not just China that’s affected by this bizarre fashion. Venus Angelic, a young Londoner who made headlines in international media for her YouTube videos where she talks and makes herself look like a living Japanese doll, and Dakota Rose(aka Kotakoti) from America, were also praised for their genuine anime looks, and now the trend has apparently hit Eastern Europe as well. After Valeria Lukyanova sparked controversy in Ukrainian and Russian media with her doll-like features a few months back, it’s Anastasiya Shpagina’s turn to baffle us with her realistic anime-like looks. Coincidentally, she’s from the same town as Valeria, Odessa.

19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called “the new Barbie” by national news outlets, but she later revealed she’s striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted “I am not like a doll, a doll is like me …” as the tagline on her VKontakte profile page. Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn’t enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right. She has even taken the name Fukkacumi,to sound more Japanese.

Shpagina was interviewed by various Ukrainian newspapers and made appearances on television shows, where she admitted a lot of people are freaked out by her look swhen they see her on the streets of Odessa. She loves bumping into Japanese tourists, though. The young hairdresser says their eyes become as large as Europeans when they see how close her face resembles that of an anime character. Some of them try to talk to her, but they don’t speak Russian and she doesn’t understand Japanese.

Every day, Anastasiya gets up at five in the morning, in order to be at work by nine. That’s because she needs a lot of time to get into character. It takes her 30 minutes to do the makeup on one of her eyes, and the entire face is ready in about two hours. That’s probably why she would like to have surgery in order to change the shape of her eyes permanently. She says this kind of surgical procedure is very common in Japan, but she doesn’t know if it’s also available in the Ukraine. She would like to get her waist reduced surgically as well, in order to look more like an anime character. But for now, she has to make do with makeup in order to look as realistic as possible.

Nastya has said Valeria Lukyanova is one of her role models, and the two are actually pictured together in some of her photos. Although she does look exactly like a Japanese anime girl in some of the photos she posted online, in others she just looks like a huge-eyes creepy monster. Check out the photos and judge for yourself.














Videos are in Ukrainian



Photos: Fukkacumi and television show video captions

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Feedback (11 Comments)

  • How awful Posted on September 10, 2012

    To each their own I guess, but this trend is very disturbing and “over the top”. It’s very sad that these girls feel they need to look cartoon-ish to become popular. That is what this all about, popularity. Anything for 15 minutes of fame I guess. So sad.

  • savvy Posted on September 10, 2012

    Cute while she’s young. Remember, people, everybody gets old–everybody. You might not like it, you might not want it, but you WILL get older.

  • Art Funk Posted on September 11, 2012

    Great makeup skills. It’s not disturbing if you see it as performance art.

  • Anonymous 1989 Posted on September 30, 2012

    Is she Cross-eyed?

  • Mykle Posted on October 2, 2012

    THe last coupke of pictures are not so good. Dunno if it’s because it’s close-ups or the lighting or both, it totally diminishes the effect. I’ve no problems with her looks, but hope she doesn’t go the surgery route.

    And I love how all these articles are like “Ohhh, creepy”, yet lot of people got all hard-on-y when Gaga used the “look” in her Bad Romance video. And honestly, drag queens do the same thing to widen their eyes.

    So, what’s the story?

  • CeCe Posted on October 4, 2012

    She seems terribly cross-eyed… But I’m not sure if that’s not just the effect of drawing herself a pair of huge eyes that exceed her own on both sides of the face…

    Weird, to say the least. Only looks cute when you see her from quite a distance.

  • Jai Posted on October 7, 2012

    The eyes don’t bother me; the actual trompe l’oeil effect is very cool. What freaks me out is her waist. Eat a cheesesteak, honey. That small a waistline isn’t flattering, it’s disgusting.

  • Glen Posted on October 14, 2012

    She ac2ly looks scarey, cute only frm a distance maybe! She’s masqueraded herself 2 sch a degree that she almost looks a pale ghost or an unnatural being or at least a wax figure! I would much prefer dating a normal person who looks human! Inanimate objects r made 2 look almost real nowadays, she n other similar girls r tryin 2 reverse the trend! The rest of her body looks real enough n i have seen women even more thin-waisted than her! However, her face looks totaly UNREAL n INANIMATE!

  • Miku Zatsune Posted on October 18, 2012

    I think she’s pretty! Though I hope she doesn’t go through with the waist surgery, I think she’s a very pretty girl. She’s a bit cross eyed though which is what probably makes some people a bit frightened, but other than that she’s adorable.

    (Coming from a 12 year old)

  • Zanyka Posted on November 1, 2012

    She’s very beautiful, I wish I could do this.I hope she doesn’t get surgery though

  • Chuck Kopsho Posted on November 5, 2012

    Folks, it’s just make-up and contacts that she’s using to great effect, I see. She’s just living a dream.