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Coconut Girl (also known as Malibu Barbie and Key West Kitten) centers around the Nymphet interpretation of tropical beaches typically associated with Florida from the 1960s to the 2000s. It creates an atmosphere that expresses the femininity and youth associated with young women vacationing during the summertime.

The aesthetic has multiple interpretations; while in the beginning, it was known among the Nymphet community, it later gained more mainstream appeal and was connected to other beach-related aesthetics such as VSCO and surf culture[1]. Because of this, visuals may differ and is connected to the practice of mass-tagging.

Origin[]

The aesthetic stems from early 2000s girly summer tourist culture and is influenced from pictures on Pinterest illustrating those times. It then began to grow popular on TikTok by young women who have developed a fascination with the unreleased songs of Lizzie Grant (Lana Del Rey), specifically the songs "Mermaid Motel," "St. Tropez," and "Wayamaya."

The last song is largely the most frequently played in Coconut Girl TikToks, and its imagery largely codified the aesthetic; ukelele, Lana's girlish and dreamy tone, and lyrics centering around vacationing in the upper-class areas of Hawaii are traits that can be easily translated into visuals.

Like other aesthetic TikToks, these content creators play the songs while rapidly showing images of Coconut Girl aesthetics.

Philosophy[]

The ideology around the Coconut Girl aesthetic comes from the followers of the aesthetic, who are mostly young women in their teens and twenties. Feminine sensuality and youth is strongly associated with the aesthetic. However, anyone of any age or gender can participate in Coconut Girl. The most important part of the aesthetic is the mindset of relaxation and fun.

Visuals[]

Much of the imagery associated with this originated from the Surf Crush trend of the early 2000s, combined with the brightly colored and plastic Tween culture of the time period. And due to the influence of Lana Del Rey/Lizzie Grant, Americana motifs are common.

  • Ice cream
  • Tropical beaches
  • Disposable Camera/Polaroid
  • Halter tops
  • Miniskirts
  • Temporary glitter tattoos
  • Hibiscus prints
  • Plumerias
  • Shell or beaded jewelry
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Tropical fruits like mango and coconut
  • Dolphins
  • Butterflies
  • Crochet
  • Patterned bikinis
  • Chunky sandals
  • Blow up chairs
  • Blue nail polish
  • Mermaids

Popular places that can be associated with the Coconut Girl aesthetic include:

  • Southern Californian beaches
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • The Caribbean region

Fashion[]

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Popular Coconut Girl fashion opts for fashion from and inspired by clothing and brands that were popular in the early 2000s among the Teens and Tweens of the time. Some of these brands can include: Roxy, Billabong, Delia*s, and Claire's. A very common fashion figure associated with the Coconut Girl aesthetic is the early 2000's version of Rihanna with her eclectic blend of the sort of pop music that was popular at the time with the stylings of her native Caribbean islands (Barbados, to be exact).

  • Brightly colored swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Brightly colored roller skates
  • Flower hairpins (usually Common Frangipanis or Hibiscus flowers)
  • Pink, blue, or yellow acrylic nails
  • Hair in a ponytail hairstyle
  • Somewhat secure jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, stud earrings, etc.)
  • Temporary glitter tattoos

Media[]

Film[]

  • Sabrina, Down Under (1999)
  • Blue Crush (2002)
  • My Scene Jammin' In Jamaica (2004)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  • Scales: Mermaids Are Real (2017)
  • Spring Breakers (2012)
  • Teen Beach Movie (2013)
  • Barbie in A Mermaid Tale (2010)
  • Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia (2006)
  • Holiday in the Sun (2001)
  • Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014)
  • Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2018)
  • Palm Springs (2020)
  • Barbie (2023)

Television[]

  • Two and a Half Men (2003-2015)
  • H2O: Just Add Water (2006-2010)
  • Mako Mermaids (2013)
  • Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure (2021-2022)

Video Games[]

  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure (2023)
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
  • The Akusuka District from No Straight Roads (2020)
  • Tropical Liquor (2018)
  • HuniePop 2: Double Date (2021)

Music[]

Artists[]

  • Lana Del Rey
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna (Music of the Sun Era)
  • Honey Gentry
  • Hilary Duff
  • Britney Spears
  • LONE

Albums[]

  • Surfers Paradise by Cody Simpson
  • Born To Die by Lana Del Rey
  • Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey
  • Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
  • Wiped Out! by The Neighbourhood
  • Music of the Sun by Rihanna
  • Aquarium by Aqua
  • Plastic Beach by Gorillaz

Songs[]

  • High By The Beach by Lana Del Rey
  • Florida Kilos by Lana Del Rey
  • Brooklyn Baby by Lana Del Rey
  • Ur So Gay by Katy Perry
  • Juliet by LMNT
  • Bailando by Paradisio
  • Pretty Girl by Clairo
  • Heaven, California by Honey Gentry
  • Island In The Sun by Weezer
  • It Doesn't Get Better Than This by Alex Band
  • Pon De Replay by Rihanna
  • If Itโ€™s Lovin' That You Want by Rihanna
  • Who I Am Hates Who I've Been by Relient K
  • Florida Kilos by Lana Del Rey
  • '03 Bonnie and Clyde by Jay-Z ft. Beyoncรฉ

Subgenres[]

Tropicalcore[]

Tropicalcore is an internet aesthetic that could be interpreted as a more Kawaii take on Coconut Girl, often featuring Tropical beaches, the ocean and sea, mixed with cute filters and effects like glitter, saturated colours, clutter and bright flowers. Tropicalcore images often feature fictional characters from anime, video games, and also Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty. Commonly these people wear colorful swimsuits, accompanied by flowers, tropical fruits, a drink or lollipops. Although many Tropicalcore edits may feature fictional characters and the editing techniques might resemble Cutecore, there are other images that only display imagery relating to the beach, the sea, and/or food and beverages with flowers in the image.

Tropicalcore fashion is inspired by what a tweenager would typically be wearing at the beach, with some elements inspired by the Gyaru subculture. It consists of hibiscus flowers, see-through swimsuit coverups, floral accessories, sandals, anklets, friendship bracelets, crocs and beach-themed Jibbitz to go with it, dolphin accessories, mermaid accessories, earrings, goggles, colorful bikinis, and swimsuits.

Music[]

Tropicalcore Gallery[]


Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Playlists[]

Pinterest Boards[]

Gallery[]

  1. โ†‘ Multiple articles such as this one contrast older Pinterest boards. There is no discussion of Lana del Rey, for example
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