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New Internet craze sees teens turning themselves into real Barbies

London, Fri, 30 Mar 2012 ANI
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London, Mar 30 (ANI): Young girls are fast becoming Internet sensations not because of their vocal skills or dance moves but due to their resemblance to living dolls.

Staring doe-eyed at the camera, with cupids bow lips and a porcelain complexion, Dakota Rose has been hailed a real-life Barbie.

Known to her fans as Kota Koti, she has amassed a global audience with her YouTube fashion and beauty tutorials.

In most of the videos, she remains silent while subtitles provide the viewer with a step-by-step guide on how to apply cosmetics, style hair or dress fashionably.I usually prefer something lighter. I would only wear this to a club, night time event," the Daily Mail quoted her as writing below a 6 minute video demonstrating how to apply "nighttime eye make up".

It is said that Dakota is especially popular across Asia as her sense of style appears to be inspired by the Japanese anime culture, in which big eyes and long straight hair are key features.

Little is known about the teenager but some websites suggest she is aged between 16 and 18 and from the west coast of America.

Despite her growing success, some commentators have warned that she could encourage the sexualisation of children.

"Thousands of girls around the world have shown interest in this girl, wanting to look like her," Opinion.com.bo, a Bolivian newspaper, said.

"It is a great risk that girls are being influenced in this way," it said.

Dakota is not the only one to have fashioned herself as a living Barbie.

Venus Palermo, known online as Venus Angelic, is a 15-year-old girl who has also taken to the Internet detailing how to look like a living doll.

After spending time in Japan and inspired by the craze for Japanese anime she decided to give her image an overhaul on her return to London two years ago.

She now has 78 videos on her official YouTube page - ranging from makeup tutorials and nail art to dancing and her Facebook page boasts over 13,000 fans.

Despite critics her mother has given approval to what her daughter is doing.

"She actually thinks it's cute to wear cute and frilly clothes," her mother said.

Venus also said that she will continue what she is presently doing.

"I don't think that I will ever stop. I think I will grow in my style and just keep doing what I love," Venus said.

While the living doll-look is going global, in Asia it has been a long-running trend.

As 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.

"I'm no great beauty, but I love to be made up. I want to change myself, to be unrecognizable. Who wants to go through life just being themselves?" Naoko Kamijyo, then 19, told the New York Times.

She reportedly woke up at 5am every morning, spending at least two hours applying false eyelashes, false hair extensions, layers of foundation and other makeup products in a bid to look like a Barbie doll. (ANI)

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