5-Year-Old YouTube makeup guru Madison Hohrine of Hurst, Texas is the latest YouTube sensation in the makeup community. She had her first brush with fame online with millions of people searching the internet to watch Madison’s makeup tutorials. She has also appeared on Good Morning America-GMA, where they interviewed Madison and also spoke about a debate which arose questioning whether Madison is too young to be doing makeup videos.
The little guru’s inspiration for doing the makeup tutorials is her mother, Mary Hohrine. Like most little girls, Madison watches her mother apply makeup. Mary explained in an interview with Good Morning America that Madison watches YouTube makeup videos with her and asked if she could make videos too. So Mary began to film her, shortly after, people began to take notice. YouTube viewers were captivated by Madison and her ability to explain everything she was applying as well as the products she was using.
Parenting experts have expressed concern for little girls like Madison Hohrine fearing that society is sexualizing little girls. This has been a hot topic for debate ever since the tragic death of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996, who was murdered at only 6-years-old. She was best known for competing in beauty pageants for little girls. With shows on the air such as “Toddlers and Tiarras” on TLC and the uprising of little girls between the ages of 3 and 11 doing makeup tutorials on YouTube, this concern is rising up again.
Author and New York Psychologist Dr. Logan Levkoff stated in her interview with GMA that “we live in a society where we sexualize little girls, almost from birth on”. She believes that it sends a message that women aren’t good enough and are mainly valued for their appearance. Madison’s mother does understand that she has to be cautious about how this may be affecting her daughter’s self-esteem. Mary Hohrine stated that she does not allow Madison to wear makeup every day, “It’s a game for her to play. It’s the same as when she’s playing dress up.” It seems that Madison is taking it as a game as well. When Madison was asked in the GMA interview “who is makeup for?” she responded that “Makeup is for everybody”, the ABC reporter stated that when she asked what she meant by “everybody” Madison said, “It’s for adults”.
Sources: abc news go.com
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