Meet the glamorous powerlifter dubbed 'Muscle Barbie' who can bench press INCREDIBLE weights and has become Instagram star

This stunning self-titled "Muscle Barbie" would leave even Ken red-faced at the squat rack.
Instagram fitness star, Julia Vins, has 325,000 followers thanks to her '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, of Engels in the Saratov region of Russia, 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.

Caters News AgencyJulia Vins from Engels in the Saratov region of Russia shows off her impressive gains
Julia Vins from Engels in the Saratov region of Russia shows off her impressive gains

"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 power-lifting already.

Caters News AgencyJulia Vins from Engels in the Saratov region of Russia shows off her impressive gains
Julia has broken records at the World Powerlifting Congress

"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.

Caters News AgencyJulia Vins from Engels in the Saratov region of Russia showing her physique
Julia is grateful to her boyfriend for getting her to where she is now through his training and support

"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.

Caters News AgencyJulia Vins from Engels in the Saratov region of Russia with a shaker bottle
Julia said: "I'm proof to everyone that you can be cute and lift big weights at the same time without using steroids"

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.

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