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Dark Nymphet is a photo based aesthetic that shows a picture of a pretty young girl, but unlike its counterpart Nymphet it has a darker and edgier tone. Dark nymphet focuses on nymphets who had bad experience in their life in various ways and choose to be gloomy unlike playful nymphets, or simply use darker colors than a typical nymphet. Eventually, this evolved into a whole Coquette substyle more commonly called Dark Coquette, with the trauma and other negative aspects removed and instead focusing on a darker version of typical Coquette fashion, although the Waif aesthetic contains some of the more negative aspects. There is a lot of Kinderwhore influence, and due to Lana Del Ray, there is a large Femme Fatale overlap as well especially in the later version of the aesthetic. Female Horror Game Protagonist aesthetic is inspired partially by Dark Coquette as well. Dark Coquette/Nymphet is commonly confused with Gloomy Coquette, but they are not the same.

Controversy[]

This aesthetic has been criticized for "romanticizing kidnapping" and other illegal activities due to the aesthetic featuring women that have dealt with trauma and take their trauma out on others, or people who use said pretty young girls for disturbing or sexual activity. Just like with Morute, which ‘romanticizes’ similar things(and is definitely partially inspired by the original Dark Nymphet), there are many within the community who have experienced this and use the aesthetic as a way to cope. This being said, there are some people who simply use child sex abuse as an aesthetic, which Aesthetics Wiki does not condone. The modern version of Dark Coquette no longer really carries these connotations, as mentioned.

History[]

Dark Nymphet aesthetic has the same origin as Nymphet aesthetic in Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita published in 1955. During Dolores and Humbert's journey, the girl slowly becomes sick of her life with the guy and became more mischievous and labile; this innate rebellion inspired the type of the aesthetic we see today. However, unlike the traditional Nymphet aesthetic, Dark Nymphet also has roots inspired by old Hollywood when singer Lana del Rey appeared to merge this aesthetic with Femme Fatale in the 2010s with her songs about women being used and beauty yet sadness and youth.

Visuals[]

The visuals of Dark Nymphet are Grungier and have a darker color palette compared to other types of Coquettes such as Nymphet, Dollette, and Coconut Girl, as there is a gray-ish blue washed out tinge combined mostly with black and white in many photos. On the more mature side, vamp-like looks using dark red mixed with black are popular, as well as red nails and lipstick. The aesthetic is less polished than Nymphet, with messy hair and make-up, worn-down converse, grainy photography and video, dirty locations, small scars, gloominess, and grudge.

Subgenres[]

Dark coquette[]

Dark Coquette, not to be confused with Gloomy Coquette, doesn’t have the dark associations that Dark Nymphet originally had, and the fashion shares a lot of crossover with Femme Fatale as opposed to the Kinderwhore crossover in Dark Nymphet.

There’s “coquette”(or dollette) and then there’s dark “coquette”. When the coquette aesthetic got big, lots of people wanted a very similar style that was darker in color but still had the romantic feel that “coquette” had. It’s pretty much the aesthetic of every single female Tim Burton character ever created, but we’ve just given it a name. It keeps the silhouette of coquette, skirts, blouses, dresses, but makes them darker and gives the whole style a dark feel.

Fashion[]

  • Lace tops
  • Lingerie tops
  • Lace trim camisole
  • Empire waist top
  • Tie front blouse
  • Ruche tops
  • Square neckline corset
  • Ribbon corset tops
  • Cardigans
  • Lace dresses
  • Knit sweaters
  • Messenger bags
  • Pearls
  • Locket Jewelry
  • Mini skirts
  • Mary Janes
  • Loafers

Media[]

Movies[]

  • Buffalo '66 (1998)
  • Lolita (1962) and (1997)
  • Black Lolita (1975)
  • Jennifer's Body (2009)
  • American Mary (2012)
  • The Virgins Suicides (1999)

Anime/Manga[]

  • Higanbana no saku no yoru ni
  • NANA

Books[]

  • The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchinson
  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Music[]

Artists[]

  • The Marías
  • Lana del Rey
  • Amy Winehouse

Songs[]

  • ''Black Lolita'' - Lord of the Lost
  • ''Tag, You're It'' - Melanie Martinez
  • "Teacher's Pet" - Melanie Martinez
  • "... baby one more time" - The Marías
  • "Only in My Dreams" - The Marías
  • "Daddy Issues" - The Neighbourhood
  • "Seventeen" - MARINA
  • "Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?" - Arctic Monkeys
  • "Seventeen" - Ladytron
  • "Paper Crown" - Alec Benjamin
  • "Oblivion" - Grimes
  • "dead girl in the pool" - Girl in Red
  • "Video Games" - Lana del Rey
  • “The Black Dog” - Taylor Swift
  • "Stronger Than Me" - Amy Winehouse
  • “A&W” - Lana Del Rey
  • "Peppers" - Lana Del Rey

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