Online, 15 year-old Venus Palermo is "Venus Angelic". With her huge anime eyes and pale skin, she plays up her doll-like appearance with special contacts and make-up. And this London-based teen is starting to gain followers in both Japan and the West.
"Mommy cooks Japanese, thinks Japanese, goes to Japan with me," Palermo wrote on her blog (via Yahoo!). "Because we like it. Liking something, is soooooo GREAT!"
Um, great? Actually, that is great. Learning about a new culture and learning a new language are both wonderful. But that's not all that is going on here.
"The case of Venus Angelic is uncomfortably exploitative, as there is clearly a sexual undertone to what she is doing," Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD, a Harvard sociologist, told Yahoo!. "In general, young girls on YouTube is a disturbing, growing trend."
It's a trend that also exists in Japan—and, well, pretty much anywhere! Though, Venus seems to be trying to gain fame like Brit teen Beckii Cruel did a few years back after her dancing videos went viral in Japan.