Group on trial for abduction and theft
A teenage make-up artist who sparked a torrent of abuse with her ‘porcelain doll’ look has hit back at critics of her viral YouTube video.
Mariya Lyubashevskaya, an 18-year-old Russian, who lives in Dubai, usually shows off her beauty tips to 20,000 subscribers on her channel.
But she said she was taken aback when a “fun tutorial” of her applying highlighter - usually used sparingly on the cheeks - to her entire face went viral.
Mariya told 7DAYS that she has been inundated with unpleasant criticism in recent days, during which the video has been viewed one million times.
But the recent high-school graduate shrugged it off and said she has since received offers to earn money for reviewing products on her channel.
She said: “I see celebrities pulling off that look and I wanted to try it. It was just for fun.
“But from reading some of the comments, I think they took me too seriously. I just don’t understand how people can talk like that.”
One comment read: “I’m sorry but this is so ugly. Can people stop overusing this stuff? I get it, it’s a joke but still... It’s like a unicorn sneezed on your face and it’s a no-no.”
Another mocked the video, saying: “’What highlighter are you wearing?’ No, I’m just oily.”
Another said: “Girl looking like a glazed donut.”
There was even an internet meme being circulated, in which Mariya was dubbed a “glazed donut”.
But Mariya, who is currently saving to attend university in Dubai, said she has not taken it to heart.
She said she was thrilled when American vlogger and singer Jeffreestar, who has millions of followers, made a similar video in support of her.
She said: “I choose to ignore all of them because Jeffreestar shared my idea and that’s like a dream come true. I’m also being approached by companies to review their products. People can say what they like.”
The video also received a positive response from viewers. One said: “Going to wear it tomorrow. To grocery shopping. Don’t even care.” Four men have appeared in court charged with abducting a man, beating him and stealing his possessions before dumping him in the desert. Abu Dhabi Criminal Court yesterday heard that the Pakistani men stopped the Bangladeshi on a street in the Musaffah area and forced him into their car. It’s claimed they then drove into the desert where they beat him and stole his cash along with two mobile phones. The victim told prosecutors that after robbing him of his belongings, the men left him there. However, he was able to walk to the main road to flag down a car. He was able to get a lift and he went to police to report the theft. Officers were able to arrest the main defendant and owner of the car after they tracked him down. The court was told that the main suspect then led police to the other defendants. The four were charged with abducting the worker, assault and theft. They denied all the charges though when they appeared in court yesterday. The trial was adjourned until September 19.
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