Not just a pretty face she’s a Barbie powerlifter
The stunning self-titled Muscle Barbie would even leave Ken red-faced at the squat rack.
Instagram fitness star, Julia Vins from Engels in the Saratov region of Russia has 325,000 followers thanks to her girly doll-like facial features and an extraordinary, muscle-popping body.
At just 20-years-old, Julia has broken records at the World Powerlifting Congress, squatting 215kg, bench pressing 120kg and dead-lifting 190kg- all with a bow in her hair.
Julia said: “I was going to the gym just to get fit for a year when I turned 15, but I didn’t know anything about weights so I just found the biggest guy in the gym and repeated exercises after him.
“For me it’s very cool to now be a role model. Many young girls in Russia make a big mistake and use steroids, which changes their voice and face.
“I’m proof to everyone that you can be cute and lift big weights at the same time without using steroids.”
Julia is grateful to her boyfriend of four years for getting her to where she is now through his training and support but not all men have been as encouraging or even agree with her profession.
Julia said: “My boyfriend, is my coach and it is because of him that I have achieved significant success in powerlifting already.
“We met when I was 16 and I was at the initial stage of my career, and together we have come to what I have now.
“Some men can be intimidated by me and there are many people who wonder around me at the gym when I lift such heavy weights.
“I don’t show my strength on the street though. Many men say to me, ‘With your face you could be a model, why have you disfigured your body?’
“But often, these comments are made by men who are not happy with their lives and own achievements so I don’t care about their opinion.
“I guess that society’s view of women will not change in Russia anytime soon. There are a lot of people who still think that the only function of the woman is cooking and cleaning the house.
“When I have traveled in Europe and Asia, I have noticed that people are more respectful to me and even if they don’t like what I do, they still respect my choice.
“The feminine body is a strange concept, because so many men have it too, I think what is more important in someone’s personality.
“I know a lot of women with a feminine body, but they behave disgustingly and it doesn’t attract men at all.
On top of powerlifting, Julia’s size and contrasting barbie doll image-complete with pigtails and buns- has landed her modelling jobs in the video gaming industry.
The pro-powerlifter said it has been far from easy to reject society’s expectations of her in Russia to become fully independent as an athlete so young.
Julia said: “I have been living separately from my parents for a long time although in Russia children rarely live separately from their parents at such a young age- many people continue to do it after their 30.
“In Russia there are a lot of stereotypes, such as everyone should have a university degree but I left my university for the sake of my career and I’m very happy that I did.
“I was afraid to make the mistake of people who spend a lot of time for getting education and then they don’t work in the relevant profession.
“My parents did not support my idea but sometimes, in order to build a happy life, you need to sacrifice all that you have.
“Besides, I need to keep my daily regimen and diet, it’s much easier to do it while living apart from my parents.
It is hardly surprising Julia boasts the muscular frame she does given her commitment to the weights room and diet.
“I have training seven times per week and I never take a break. Even when I travel I continue to go to the gym because I feel bad when I’m not being active, this is my way of life.
“I live in a small town in Russia, so I don’t have a vast choice of food, my diet just consists of buckwheat, rice, oatmeal, eggs, chicken, beef and vegetables.
“In the summer we have a lot of vegetables, but in winter it is often frozen broccoli and green beans, I also take a lot of sport nutrition supplements.
She may love protein shakes but Julia blasts claims that she owes her hulking muscles to steroid abuse and is happy for doubters to challenge her claim.
Julia said: “I know many do not believe it, but I’m always open to talk about it, and anyone can come to me for training.
“Also, I always suggest to people who do not believe that they pay me for doping control but for some reason they always refuse…”
“My family are proud of me for what I’ve achieved in powerlifting and my mum has helped me throughout my life which I’m really grateful to her for.
“I don’t really talk to many of my old friends because I don’t like their attitude to life and I do not think that communication with them is meaningful.
“I do not go to parties because I do not think I can meet interesting people there. But we often get together with my friends for the holidays.
“Now my entourage consists of intelligent and successful people who I’ve learned a lot from.
“Many people have inspired me in different periods of life, but not all of them are athletes. At the moment, it is Anthony Robbins, I watch his videos and have read his books-I think he’s fantastic. I hope to visit his workshop in near future.
“I’m motivated by my development altogether and since building muscle and lifting heavier weights don’t conflict with each other, I just keep lifting.
“Building muscle wasn’t my main goal at all- I even thought that it would be impossible, I just liked to lift heavy weights, which is why i still do it.
“I had never thought about getting fans or followers but now I’m working on it and try as often as possible to create content for my Instagram and communicate with my followers.
“We talk about all sorts of different topics and I get thousands of interesting comments from people from around the world.