A group of topless women activists stormed Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.
The women, who are affiliated with the radical feminist group FEMEN, flashed their breasts and banged the bells in the cathedral.
Each woman had a slogan drawn on their torsos. Some of the slogans read “Bye Bye Benedict” and “No more homophobe”.
The pope’s announcement of his resignation shocked the Catholic community. But FEMEN seems to be quite happy to hear the news.
The “French Femen sextremists” wrote on their website that the protestors had a “funeral march” for the pope.
One photo was captioned:
“FEMEN France noted the final hour of the homophobic Pope. FEMEN is congratulating the whole progressive world with the resignation of fascist Benedict XVI from the place of the head of the Catholic mafia. It’s symbolic that today is the day of the voting of law of same-sex marriage in France. The ex-Pope was a fierce opponent of gay marriages. FEMEN applaud the complete capitulation of the middle age homophobia! Pope go to the devil! Viva common sense! Viva freedom!”
The topless women entered the cathedral where they banged on the bronze bells that were made for Notre Dame’s 850th anniversary. The staff eventually turned the lights off and alerted security. The women were then dragged out by security.
FEMEN has been known to stage topless protests to raise awareness for poverty among women. Some of their protests include protests in the Ukraine and during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Anastasiya Shpagina shows her take on anime characters.
The 19-year-old real-life barbie doll takes inspiration from the Japanese cartoons and animations.
She even adopted a Japanese name – Fukkacumi.
Her new look features round, glassy eyes, and a tiny waist. She also slimmed down so she can look more like a living anime character. She reportedly spends 30 minutes applying eye make up to each eye.
In recent photos, the young woman originally from Ukraine, transformed herself by using bright coloured hair and anime character outfits.
She is said to be considering surgery on her eyes to closely resemble her anime idols.
How far would you go?
In the lyrics of the song, Barbie Girl, it goes, “I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world, life is plastic, it’s fantastic.” But this time a woman from Ukraine may have achieved Barbie-dom and she is not plastic…well, sort of.
Photos of her show that she actually looks like Barbie!
However, many doubt the authenticity of her looks. Were the photos photoshopped or are they real?
According to a video she posted on Youtube, Valeria Lukyanova, described undergoing surgeries to achieve the Barbie-esque figure. After doing so she may be the closest to a real-life Barbie doll.
She has a tall, slim body, wears her blond hair long and has a perfectly shaped nose.
Of course, like any internet sensation she has received praise from fans AND comments from haters.
One comment said, “she was not only ugly, but stupid.” Another one wrote, “A woman with a perfect shape is a woman completely boring.”