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Cigarette Waif is a type of blogger who posts content relating to an ironic image of beauty, wherein the imagery reflects the negative aspects that maintains the aesthetic. Arguably, it can be seen as a continuation of Heroin Chic, and it was influenced by Dark Nymphet, Fairy Grunge, and lolcow culture. In addition to aesthetic images, much of this information comes from memes, whisper confessions, and text posts of things happening within their personal lives.
What distinguishes this aesthetic from the previous aesthetics above is the persona of these bloggers. Rather than portraying themselves as delicate and broken, they put on a confidence and rudeness that shows independence and openness. Specifically, the memes and text posts produced have a flippant or egocentric tone. Slurs such as "retard" and "faggot" are also used often.
This aesthetic first appeared in 2020 on Pinterest, accounts who have had this aesthetic usually have boards dedicated to whispers, certain aesthetics and horror shows
Images of glamorous types of people are one of the most common photo subjects. These are women who carry across the energy of this aesthetic in that they are beautiful but have an unapproachable aura about them. Thin, with either blasé or cheeky expressions, and unglamorous clothing are their common qualities. Supermodels, often Devon Aoki, Kate Moss, and Lily Rose Depp in candid photos with unprofessional lighting and grimy environments are popular. Ballet dancers are also featured.
One of the main modes of conveying this aesthetic are whispers, which are from an app of the same name. In them, users have to overlay a confession over an image. Waifs use imagery that matches the aesthetic, and text that communicates the typical thoughts relating to the characteristics of a waif.
- Jennifer’s Body (2009)
- Gossip Girl (2007)
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