In Grimm's well known fairy tale, the new Queen - Snow White's step mother - has a magic mirror which is an animate object. Being beautiful and vain, the Queen often asks her Mirror: " Magic Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" The Magic Mirror would always answer:"You are the fairest of them all." But when Snow White turned 18, the Mirror said: "Snow White is much fairer than you."
In the year 2012 and the era of advanced technologies, very young girls no longer trust their mirror or what their friends and family tell them. They'd rather upload themselves on You Tube and ask their viewers exactly the same question Snow White's stepmother asked her magic mirror in Grimm's fairy tale. "Am I pretty or ugly?" followd by "Please comment" The wording is different, the meaning is exactly the same. The anonymous commenters are just like the "magic mirror on the wall". They feel free to say anything ranging from flattering comments to nasty and hurting remarks. The girl in the video below received more than 6,000 comments. Naturally, I didn't read them all but I did browse through and came across some really nasty comments which I wouldn't like to quote here.
What really saddens me is that these young girls - aged 11-13 - crave for comments, negative or positive. Surely, they lack self-esteem and self-confidence and they rely on total strangers to know whether they're pretty or ugly. But this is not what it boils down to. These kids seek to attract the attention they lack in their own home.