Group on trial for ab­duc­tion and theft

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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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