Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Here's What The "World’s Strongest Little Girl" Is Doing Now.

Joining The Circus

In 1995, when Vanya was only three years old, she joined the circus with her parents. In the beginning, Varya only performed her acrobatics and gymnastics. But it wouldn’t take long for Varya to join her father on the mainstage, continuously having to live up to the high standards that everyone had already put on the young girl.

Joining The Circus

Varya Akulova / Facebook

A Good Trainer

When Varya was only five, she began to perform right next to both of her parents doing weightlifting stunts, and obviously, stealing the show. The entire time that Varya was training for the circus, she was receiving advice from her parents, who made sure that she was practicing safe lifting skills. This was especially true for her father, who was her primary trainer. Sadly, there were some things that her parents had a difficult time providing.

A Good Trainer

Poverty Stricken

The economy was a disaster in Ukraine during the ‘90s, and unfortunately, the family of circus performers felt that crisis the hardest. When they weren’t traveling from show to show, they lived above a bar in a very small one-bedroom apartment. More often than not, Varya’s family had to go without the essentials, like a stove or a refrigerator, and the only bathroom they had access to was the one downstairs in the bar.

Poverty Stricken

Larisa Akulova / Facebook

Determined

It goes without saying that living in poverty isn’t easy, but Varya was never discouraged from adhering to her strict training schedule. Despite the fact that the family was stuck on a cheap diet of noodles and bread, Varya was still able to gain an impressive amount of strength, which was by no means limited to her physical prowess.

Determined

Varya Akulova / Facebook

Well-Rounded

Varya had an extremely good head on her shoulders. In spite of her unbelievably demanding training schedule and the hardships her family was experiencing at the time, Varya was still able to maintain excellent grades in school. That would be enough to make anyone collapse under the pressure, but Varya would only continue to prove how much she was capable of handling.

Well-Rounded

Varya Akulova / Facebook

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