It feels like every little girl I know grew up with a Barbie doll. We dressed them up, took them on crazy adventures and conquered the world whilst wearing the most fashionable dresses her tiny body could wear. We all wanted to be Barbie and live her perfect life in her perfect dream house. There were all different kinds of Barbie doll, gymnast Barbie, doctor Barbie, rock star Barbie, but Julia Vins has a different sort of Barbie in mind.

Twenty year old Julia Vins, from Russia, is a bodybuilder who has stunned the world with her impressive physique. She’s been weight training and powerlifting since she was fifteen years old and can deadlift an amazing 419 pounds, much more than the average adult man is capable of lifting.

Vins was a teenager when she realised that the wanted to change her life forever. She spoke about her decision, commenting, “When I was 15 I realised I needed to change something with my life. I was not satisfied, with everything. I did not do anything, I was very skinny. So I decided that I needed to become stronger – physically and mentally.” This led to her becoming one of Russia’s leading female powerlifters, but she’s not letting this traditionally male dominated pursuit rob her of her femininity.

She spoke out about her nickname, Muscle Barbie, in an interview, “People know me as ‘Muscle Barbie’ – I like this comparison. It’s nice. I have these big, beautiful eyes and wear make-up. But at the same time, I’m strong. I can deadlift 419 pounds in training. I want to become as big as possible.” Her appearance is truly striking and recently Vins has decided to share some photos that were taken before her powerlifting journey, here she is as a little girl.

As you can see, she’s always had those big doll-like eyes! Her unique appearance has gained her a giant Instagram following, she currently has over 607 thousand followers who leave encouraging comments on her photos and videos. Here’s another picture taken of Julia before her intense regime began.

It takes a lot of work to become Muscle Barbie, and Vims has to follow a strict diet which is designed to help her to gain as much muscle as possible. Combine this with her intense training schedule and it’s easy to see how maintaining her look can be a full time job! Vims has said that people have advised her to give up and look for a real job, but she’s not letting any haters stand in her way!

Vims has spoken out about the opinions that others have about her fitness regime, “Everyone has an opinion on what I look like – they either respect my work or reprimand me for being a muscly girl. But to be honest, I’ve noticed that the guys who are negative about my athleticism are just jealous.” I love that she doesn’t let what other people think affect her, she’s clearly as strong in her mind as she is in her body!

What do you think of Russia’s real life ‘Muscle Barbie’? Would you like to have a body like hers? Let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!

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