Venus Palermo's living doll videos go global as she hits TEN MILLION mark on YouTube – but critics say sexualised images could have 'disastrous consequences'
13:52 GMT, 12 April 2012
A 15-year-old girl who transforms herself into a 'living doll' for YouTube videos has become a global star after attracting a staggering ten million hits.
Venus Palermo, who poses in doll-like clothing and offers tips to viewers on turning themselves into similar living dolls, has become an internet sensation thanks to her tips on achieving the bizarre look.
Together, the hits on her YouTube channel now total more than 10 million, with one video – How To Look Like A Doll – attracting almost 1.7m viewers alone.
Internet hit: Venus Palermo's YouTube channel has attracted 10 million views, with one video, How To Look Like A Doll, drawing almost 1.7m hits
Living doll: Venus as she appears on one of her internet videos
Many of those viewing the videos are rapturous about the young girl's appearance, taking to the comments boards in their droves to remark upon her wide eyes, clever make-up application or rose-bud lips.
Others are damning, with one pointing out that a 15-year-old girl should have more concerns than an obsession with make-up.
'You look and sound like a complete freak,' one user wrote. 'You're 15 – you don't need make-up! You should get some counselling. You had no father in your life and your mum obviously treated you like a doll as you're all she had. You shouldn't post videos on here encouraging normal kids to your WEIRD and unnatural ways.'
YouTube hit: Venus's channel on the video-sharing website has reached a staggering 10 million people and has 30,000 subscribers
Dividing opinion: Many of the 1.7m people who have viewed Venus's channel are fans of her look, but others complain her obsession is unhealthy
Another wrote it was 'narrow-minded' to
be so focused on one's appearance. 'Seeing young girls changing themselves and not loving their body or face and still doing nothing, this is narrow-minded, my friend.'
Coming out in her defence, another user wrote that in Japan, such 'Lolita' styling is completely normal.
'On the contrary, Venus is not conforming to the ridiculous standards that society considers “pretty” and is simply following the 'Lolita' style that is very popular in eastern Asia,' they wrote. 'Also, why do you feel the need to be so rude You may not like this video but that does not give you the right to insult a young girl, it's just being downright rude and narrow-minded.'
Last week, MailOnline reported that Venus, known online as Venus Angelic, had appeared on ITV morning television programme Daybreak along with her mother, who defended her daughter's choice of lifestyle.
explains it takes only 15 minutes to achieve the look using powder,
light pink eyeshadow, mascara, lip liner and gloss
Uncanny: One of her top tips is to use contact lenses with a full, opaque color to make your eyes look doll-like
Presenter Helen Fospero said she would be 'horrified' if her own daughter wanted to dress like a doll, saying it was 'not normal'. But Margaret Palermo claimed her teenaged daughter was an 'innocent and good girl who likes frills and ribbons'.
Margaret, from Brixton, South West London, responded: 'I would be horrified if she came home pregnant, I am not horrified
if she is innocent and good girl who likes cute clothes and frills and
'I am absolutely fine with that, her face is already doll-like and if she
likes the style I am fine with it, I would be more worried if she came
home drunk or smoked.'
Inspired by the craze for Japanese
anime, Venus set about changing her look to that of a porcelain doll
after a trip to the country.
Venus said:'I was always like this, I liked to dress in frilly dresses and tie my
hair in pigtails, then I discovered how and what I really want to be as a
'A lot of people like the look and I want to help them achieve it.'
who dresses as a doll every day, explained she takes only 15 minutes to
achieve the look using powder, light pink eyeshadow, mascara, lip liner
Support: Venus's mother Margaret Palermo appeared on Daybreak last week to defend her daughter's obsession with looking like a 'living doll'
Popular: Venus, known online as Venus Angelic,
has become an internet sensation after her online tutorials, in which she
gives tips on how to achieve her bizarre 'living doll' look, received millions of
One of her top tips is to use contact lenses with a full, opaque colour to make your eyes look doll-like.
While the living doll-look is going global, in Asia it has been a long-running trend.
early as 2010 it was reported that an increasing amount of Japanese
women were aspiring to look like dolls, embracing femininity and
obliterating sexuality altogether.
Experts however have expressed their
concern the trend could encourage the sexualisation of children.
Dr Gray, clinical director at The
British CBT & Counselling Service
(www.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.co.uk) warned that too much
emphasis on physical appearance from an early age could have 'disastrous
consequences', encouraging anxiety, depression and eating disorders
later in life.
She told MailOnline: 'At any age placing too much value on physical
appearance can be potentially detrimental to a person’s self esteem and
sense of self worth.
'Equally concerning is why these images have been created and for what purpose.
or enhancing pictures of children so that they appear older and more
sexual surely crosses the line between how we should treat the children
in our society and how we should not.'
VIDEO: I would be horrified if she came home pregnant…she is a good girl who likes frills and ribbons, Margaret Palermo tells Daybreak