There are many cults which pervade modern life. Some of them are commonplace and even considered mainstream, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others are far from societally acceptable such as the Ku Klux Klan.
What makes a cult? In general, it’s an organization which promotes a dramatically extreme worldview with very little transparency as to its inner workings and membership requirements. Most are organized around a charismatic, self-appointed religious leader.
Cults are usually shut off from the world, and their members become rapidly isolated. You’d have thought that famous people would be immune to their pull, but in fact, many famous people have become involved in cults.
You won’t believe who is in 8th place on our list.
10. Valeria Lukyanova
Valeria Lukyanova is a Ukranian supermodel. She’s become globally famous for her “human Barbie doll” look. She is also a member of the breatharianism cult. They believe that “air and sunshine” will supply all a person needs to live just as long as they are faithful enough.
She said, “In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all; I’m hoping it’s the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone.”