I was perusing OneSTDV's blog the other day and read his piece, "Good Girls Gone Bad." In it he gives his thoughts on the Youtube sensation juicystar07 (the girl on the right in the above video). He describes her as "a beautiful, sweet, and just plain adorable "good girl" and says:
I've followed her off and on since I blogged about her awhile back, just mainly because she's a fun, not too serious, nice girl. Yet, Miss Fowler has a lot of haters, so there's a ton of information about her on the Internet. Most of the information constitutes attempts to undermine her purported "good girl" image, such as that she takes money for product reviews, that she's a bitch in real life, and other stuff like that.I have to say, this was so interesting to me. In the video OneSTDV showcases, juicystar07 does look very young, pretty, and appealing, but my two-word almost immediate reaction to her was, "Regina George," and I believe I can say that with very little jealousy in play. I hadn't actually ever heard of her before, so I went and did a little research. She and her sister (the girl on the left in the video above) have made hundreds of Youtube videos demonstrating beauty tips and other girl topics. They also do video "hauls" in which they show off stuff they've just purchased - again, refer to above vid. They been at it a couple of years and have become popular enough, with enough subscriber interest, to snag an offer for a sister reality TV show. Their real names are Elizabeth and Lisa Fowler, and they hail from Tennessee. Their father is a gynecologist. They've recently moved to L.A. and they also seem to have both gotten the same nose job as a token of their success. The nose job thing has resulted in some interesting online outrage from young women who reject that as a valid choice for "good role models" such as juicystar07 and allthatglitters21. There are also rumors that they are both fake and bitchy and that they are essentially shills for the beauty business rather than objective reviewers.
Having read a significant amount of online commentary - most of which could be boiled down to either jealousy or female attempts to curb other females' power, I'd have to say, as objectively as I can, given that I am also female, that it's unlikely that the Fowler girls are nice people and they are definitely not good role models.
First, the "good girl" debunking. These are pretty girls at the height of their social/sexual power. It's hard to say what they really look like under all that makeup, but they are attractive and can certainly get more attention from men (and other women) than they need. They also come from an affluent background and have clearly been spoiled. You cannot buy all the stuff that they display on their haul videos on the paycheck of a retail wage slave. Daddy bought a lot of it, probably most of it, at least until recently when they started getting freebies in exchange for publicity. People who spend copious amounts of time thinking about the shallowest aspects of themselves and how to garner more attention - and, therefore, more social power - aren't in the same category of "nice" as, say, Anne of Green Gables who was expected to pull her weight on a working farm and had a strict female relative clamping down on any show of pride or vanity. Any girl that has ever gone to high school would know that the juicystar07s of the world are going to be queen bees, a la Regina George or Cordelia Chase, no matter how Girl-Next-Door the exterior. Girls with social power use it. And girls who crave their own reality TV shows are fame whores of the highest order. There may be something to them underneath all the glitz and attention seeking, but it has not been developed. At all. Have they learned any domestic arts, child caregiving, or any other useful or marketable skill? I doubt it.
Now on to the "good role model" debunking. Youtube has a number of videos of young girls declaring how outraged they are that juicystar07 and allthatglitters21 got nose jobs. They "feel betrayed" and "have unsubscribed" to their Youtube channels now that they know that these two are not the role models they seemed to be. I find this logic (and outrage) confusing. Yes, it is foolish, shallow, vain, and frivolous to get their perfectly fine noses reworked, but juicystar07 and allthatglitters21 made hundreds of videos detailing 1) exactly how shallow and vain they are and 2) teaching other girls how to deceptively alter their features with makeup. Plastic surgery would seem entirely in keeping with their mutual worldview and previous behavior, none of which at any time was good role modeling. Good role modeling is not about giving makeup tips or publicly seeking fame and wealth. It's about showing other people how to be better - more compassionate, more empathetic, harder working, humbler, kinder, more generous. It certainly isn't constantly buying and hawking cheap products made in foreign sweatshops by people working for slave wages. It isn't spending someone else's money or figuring out how to get free stuff in exchange for free shilling. Fame and wealth isn't character and will prove for these two to be ephemeral. They have assets - their looks, whatever talent they may possess, a family willing to invest in them. It is clear, though, that instead of using these to gain skills or form families they will squander them in pursuit of fame and publicity, fun times and the chance to "explore their sexuality" in the Big City.
Their parents would have better served them taking them to a real sweatshop and the community it supports rather than a NYC fashion show and nipping the Youtube attention seeking in the bud when it began. Learning how to support yourself is essential to any young person, but these girls are not teaching that or any other truly useful thing.