'I would be more worried if she came home drunk': Teenage girl's mother praises her obsession with looking like 'living doll'
00:56 GMT, 5 April 2012
The mother of a teenage girl who posts shocking videos of herself posing as a 'living doll' has defended her daughter's lifestyle.
Margaret Palermo claims 15-year-old Venus is an 'innocent and good girl who likes frills and ribbons'.
Venus, known online as Venus Angelic, became an internet sensation after her online tutorials, in which she gives tips on how to achieve the bizarre look, received thousands on hits.
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Margaret Palermo has defender her daughter's obsession with looking like a 'living doll'
Venus, known online as Venus Angelic,
became an internet sensation after her online tutorials, in which she
gives tips on how to achieve the bizarre look, received thousands on
Venus appeared on ITV show Daybreak with her mother, where presenter Helen Fospero admitted she would be 'horrified' if her own daughter wanted to dress like a doll, branding it 'not normal'.
Margaret, from 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.'
The 15-year-old dresses like a doll every day and says it will always be a part of her life
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.'
Venus, 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 and gloss.
explained she takes only 15 minutes to achieve the look using powder,
light pink eyeshadow, mascara, lip liner and gloss
One of her top tips is to use contact lenses with a full, opaque color to make your eyes look doll-like
She has 78 videos on her official YouTube page – including makeup tutorials and nail art. Her Facebook page boasts over 13,000 fans.
One of her top tips is to use contact lenses with a full, opaque color 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.
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