Every young girl loves her dolls as a child; but not every girl wants to look like those beloved dolls. However, a bizarre and potentially dangerous trend sweeping the Internet has teenagers gaining online fame because they resemble living dolls.
Young girls like Venus Angelic and Dakota Rose are quickly becoming Internet sensations because they resemble the child's plaything - with huge eyes, porcelain skin, bow lips and cascading hair.
Venus Angelic, whose real name is Venus Palermo, is a 15-year-old girl who is gaining enormous popularity on the Internet for her YouTube tutorials on how to look like a living doll. Venus Angelic has 78 videos, over 28,000 subscribers and over eight million video views on her official YouTube channel - ranging from makeup tutorials and nail art to dancing and cosplay. Her most popular videos are the makeup tutorials in which she teaches viewers how to use cosmetics to transform into a doll.
Some people were asking me, 'how do you do your makeup?' and I decided to put a tutorial on YouTube, Venus Angelic told the cast of RightThisMinute, a television show that puts a spotlight on the strangest clips circulating on the Internet.
Angelic has been dressing up like a doll for the past two years, according to The Huffington Post. She was inspired by Japanese anime culture after having lived in Japan for a couple of years. Angelic's look resembles that of a female Japanese anime character, with large eyes and flawless skin. She is not of Japanese descent.
Venus Angelic uses contact lenses with a full, opaque color to make here irises look extra large - like a doll's. Angelic then applies two coats of peach concealer to her face and then powder in her natural skin tone. We want the difference between powder color and natural color to be seen as it creates a natural but doll-like skin, she said in a YouTube tutorial.
Despite the fact that some might find her hobbies unusual, her mother approves. She actually thinks it's cute to wear cute and frilly clothes, Angelic said. I don't think that I will ever stop. I think I will grow in my style and just keep doing what I love.
Another Internet sensation is Dakota Rose, known to her fans as Kota Koti, who has amassed an online following of over 50,000 on YouTube with over 13 million video views. In most of her hair and beauty tutorials, where Dakota Rose teaches viewers how to mimic her doe-eyed, bow-lipped style, the young girl remains silent as subtitles provide a step-by-step guide for viewers.
I usually prefer something lighter. I would only wear this to a club, night time event, she wrote below a six-minute video detailing how to achieve nighttime eye makeup.
Dakota Rose is reportedly very popular across Asia since her style mimics that of Japanese anime with big eyes and long straight hair. Less is known about Rose than her counterpart, Venus Angelic. The Daily Mail reported that the girl is between the ages of 16 and 18 and from the West Coast of the U.S.
Dakota Rose also has a large and particularly malicious group of online adversaries, who have dedicated much time on the Kota-Koti Tumblr to pick apart the young girl's physical appearance. At first I saw in a second that her lower eyelid became darker for 1 second in her last video (the beginning of the outfits video when she shows her face), that made me think that she may be Photoshopping her whole video's frame for frame, wrote Tumblr user prettyuglylittleliar who claimed Rose Photoshops her portaits.
There are numerous Twitter accounts registered under the Kota Koti name, although it is unclear which one is legitimate.
These young girls who resemble living dolls might boast large fan bases, but others believe that they are constructing dangerous precedents for those who look to the Internet for beauty and fashion advice. The Lolita-style does not only over-sexualize young girls, but it also invites predators.
A Bolivian newspaper, Opinion.com.bo, reported: Thousands of girls around the world have shown interest in this girl [Dakota Rose], wanting to look like her. It is a great risk that girls are being influenced in this way.
When young girls are over-sexualized in the media or targeted with particularly adult-themed products like push-up bras or thong underwear, public outcry ensues.
Images of 10-year-old model Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau surfaced from the January 2011 issue of French Vogue, showing a highly-sexualized editorial of the young Blondeau-turned-Lolita draped over various animal skins, lathered in make-up, and staring seductively into the camera.
The photos caused a firestorm sparked by individuals furious that such images - which some claimed blurred the line between fashion editorial and child pornography - would be condoned. Despite shocking and appalling many, Blondeau's mother defends the racy spread. Quoted in an ABC News article, Veronika Loubry, a fashion designer herself, told a French newspaper, The only thing that shocks me about the photo is the necklace that she's wearing, which is worth 3 million Euros [$4.3 million]. Comments were later posted on Blondeau's Facebook fan page, possibly by the mother, stating bad person [sic] in usa [sic] for drawing attention to her daughter, before later posting something going's [sic] wrong at the moment. The page was then shut down.
According to the Daily Mail, Fleur Dorrell of the Mothers' Union in the UK described the images as physically disturbing and guilty of blurring all thoughts of beauty. She also expressed grave concerns over both Vogue and the modeling agency that represents Miss Blondeau.
She is over sexualized, just look what happened to JonBenet Ramsey, clinical psychologist Leslie Seppinni told E! News around the time the ads appeared in Vogue. When you dress a young girl up provocatively with makeup to give her the appearance of an adult, then these pedophiles who have a propensity for child abuse are receiving the message that's OK, when it's not.