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Reason for Warning: This is a sensitive topic and the controversy is discussed in depth at the bottom of the article. Some would argue that buying into this aesthetic and subculture is not far from a romanticization of pedophilia, although the community denounces these claims.

Babygirl is an aesthetic taken from the BDSM subgenre of DDlg(daddy dom and little girl/babygirl). Babygirl encompasses sweet and innocent imagery and attitudes that give the adult wearer an overall childlike feel. This aesthetic is similar to the soft girl or kawaii style. The Babygirl aesthetic is inspired by Soft Girl, Erokawa, and Babycore, but with the substyles can vary from Bubblegum Bitch or Bimbocore to E-Girl or Pastel Goth. Often this can cross over with bratty attitudes and behavior; this means the sweet and submissive nature can morph into teasing, pouting, tantrums, entitlement, and a compulsion to challenge others.

These childish themes allow the person to release typical adult stressors and fall into a more easy and comfortable state of mind as a stress relief technique sometimes known as voluntary age regression or littlespace. Although, this aspect in its depth is not required or utilized by all in the community and is reliant on individual preference.

The main purpose of this aesthetic, seperate from the sexual part, is to allow adults to feel and reclaim childhood wonderment and comfort, and to also overcome obstacles from abuse (similar to Traumacore's purpose) and heal while still maintaining a more matured sense of style and dignity. Be advised when searching terms related to this aesthetic as the results will show explicit content aimed at adults 18+.

History[]

TBA

Visuals[]

Visuals for babygirls lie on a vast spectrum under the cute, feminine umbrella. This ranges from baby and toddler motifs to traditional adult feminine silhouettes and beauty standards. Many visuals are colored pink or any pastel color, usually traditionally feminine colors. The visuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Baby toys like stuffed animals and blocks
  • Pacifiers
  • Coloring books
  • Glitter and sparkles
  • Playgrounds
  • Flowers
  • Esteem/confidence building, mental health art
  • Frilly beds and bedrooms
  • Pigtails
  • Relationship motifs like handholding, hugging, and knee sitting
  • Candy
  • Cartoons
  • Bondage photos/images
  • Fur, leather, and lace
  • Plastic and/or sparkly jewelry
  • Cutesy vintage imagery similar to Coquette aesthetics
  • Baby animals and kemonomimi
  • Little girl's cartoon characters such as Sanrio characters

Fashion[]

The main side of the Babygirl aesthetic tends to wear flirtier, pastel clothing, and younger clothing. Can look similar to Dollete except more babyish and Kawaii, very similar to Babycore, except often with a more erotic undertone that is not found in Babycore. Some staples include:

  • Lacy socks
  • Lacy bralettes
  • Pacifiers
  • Thigh highs and tights
  • Barrettes
  • Miniskirts
  • Co-ords
  • Mary Janes/sneakers
  • Jelly shoes
  • Lots of frills
  • Dainty vintage jewelry
  • Stuffies, blocks, and other baby items
  • Cherub and baby animal images
  • Loose sweaters
  • Onesies
  • Frilly dresses and Lolita dresses

Media[]

Movies[]

  • Baby Doll (1956)
  • Daddy Issues (2018)
  • Marie, the Doll (1976)

Music[]

Artists[]

  • Melanie Martinez
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Marina and the Diamonds
  • Ariana Grande
  • blackbear
  • Halsey
  • Doja Cat
  • Poppy
  • Devin Millar

Subgenres[]

Baddie Babygirl[]

Unlike the main, softer, side of the Babygirl, this aesthetic is less babycore and more bubblegum bitch. This means it's less cutesy and more chic. Baddie Babygirls may be more bratty, but still childlike at heart. This type often has visuals relating to makeup, playgrounds and Barbie or Bratz dolls.

Fashion[]

Similar to Barbiecore with more Baddie and Bimbocore influence.

  • Uniform skirts
  • Tight coords
  • Tights
  • White Air Forces
  • Stilletos
  • Graphic tees
  • Mini skirts and tiny crop tops
  • Glitter, sequins, rhinestones, iridescent fabric(anything sparkly)
  • Kidcore inspired accessories such as plastic jewelry, barrettes, and plushie purses
  • Faux fur
  • Bratz and Barbie dolls, Hello Kitty, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, and other childish characters
  • Clothing with suggestive words or phrases or political statements
  • Bejewled and sparkly dark imagery such as weapons and scrynges (similar to yami kawaii)
  • Succubus silhouettes
  • Cotton candy, lollipops, and bubblegum
  • Shirts with child-like prints
  • Princesses
  • Roller skates
  • Pigtails

Dark Babygirl[]

This the Babygirl style that tends to prefer darker colors than the typical Babygirl would enjoy. Often darker imagery is associated with this side as well, like weaponry, chains, and cute devil-esque figures. They may act like brats like the Baddie side would yet can still be sweet and small. This can encompass everything previously stated about Babygirls, just with darker colors and themes, although pinks and light colors are still used. This is similar in style to E-Girl, Pastel Goth, Gimbo/Goth Bimbocore, and sometimes Kinderwhore or Morute, with visuals stemming from these as well. This can include weapons with sparkles, nighttime, pink-hued photographs, roses, chains, and much more.

Fashion[]

  • Dark Sweaters
  • Dark miniskirts/skater skirts
  • Thigh high socks
  • Fishnets
  • Chunky heels or Mary Janes
  • White sneakers
  • Doc Martens and chunky boots
  • Chains
  • BDSM/bondage inspired fashion
  • Anime inspired fashion and character shirts

Criticism[]

Criticism of the Babygirl aesthetic primarily centers on concerns about its potential romanticization of pedophilia. This criticism arises from the aesthetic's association with ageplay and power dynamics, where a dominant caretaker assumes a parental role over a submissive partner adopting a childlike persona. Critics argue that this dynamic, despite being consensual among adults, may inadvertently contribute to the sexualization of childlike attributes.

The use of terms like "babygirl" has been criticized for blurring the lines between a consensual adult dynamic and darker themes associated with incest and child sexual abuse. Some critics fear that the aesthetic may create a dangerous scenario, particularly when it comes to underage individuals participating or being exposed to the sexualized elements associated with the aesthetic. Babygirl is sometimes likened to the controversial Nymphet aesthetic, where concerns about the sexualization of minors also come into play.

Despite these criticisms, members of the babygirl community emphasize the importance of consent, safety, and aftercare, distancing themselves from any association with pedophilia. The majority of participants argue that the aesthetic is a form of consensual adult roleplay that centers around trust, vulnerability, and healing, rather than endorsing inappropriate relationships with minors.

Resources[]

All resources are safe for work but may discuss the sensitive aspects.

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Pinterest Boards[]

Gallery[]

Baddie Babygirl[]

Dark Babygirl[]

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