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A Femme Fatale is a mysterious, intelligent, beautiful, and seductive woman whose charms ensnare anyone who meets her, often leading them into deadly traps and webs of crime. People who adhere to the Femme Fatale aesthetic try their best to embody the traits of the classic femme fatale archetype, which leads to a lot of crossover with the Baddie aesthetic; one of the key differences between the two is the Femme Fatale has an air of mystery and elegance to her, whereas the Baddie follows a more "what you see is what you get" philosophy (combining the two leads to the Cherry Emoji Twitter aesthetic). Femme Fatale also influences Dark Coquette, with the latter having more of a youthful Nymphet vibe to it.

History[]

The Femme Fatale (also referred to as a Vamp,[1] Maneater, among several other titles) is a stock character that came into prominence with the film noir movie genre and dime novels of the 20th century. The most prominent codifier is Brigid O'Shaughnessy in the most famous film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941), in which she uses her beauty as a distraction and murders the protagonist's partner.[2] Femme Fatale means Fatal Woman in French, referencing the actions of this character trope. These days, there are also most male characters in media that break the gender stereotypes and embody the "Femme Fatale" trope too, starting from the late 10s/early 20s with which they can be referred to as the "Homme Fatales".

Personality[]

A Femme Fatale embodies the seductive and mysterious traits of a woman, normally avoiding giving information about themselves. Femme Fatales are typically not the emotional type and tend to keep their emotions outwardly neutral and ambigious. They normally don't have long relationships but if they do their significant other is either her partner in crime or her submissive(or both). Their main goal is to entice and use. Femme Fatales have to be smart, quick witted, and independant. If a Femme Fatale seduces and then kills several men, she becomes a Black Widow.

Visuals[]

  • The colour red (e.g. blood, lipstick/make-up, etc.)
  • Black and white (referncing/due to the film noir era when the character archetype gained distinction)
  • Dark color schemes
  • Ambiguity/mystery (e.g. not showing the characters face, fake names, etc.)
  • Easily concealed weapons (e.g. knives, small handguns, spy-like firearms, etc.)
  • Wealthy backgrounds and possessions
  • Alcohol and cigarettes (which were typically shown as alluring/desirable in the 1940s-1950s)

Fashion[]

Outfits[]

A femme fatale will be known to wear dark, sexy, well-cut and form-fitting clothes. Black, dark reds, dark emerald, and dark blue are commonly seen colors in the femme fatale wardrobe, outfits being largely monochromatic, patternless, and smooth.

  • Bold coloured silk cocktail dresses/ballgowns
  • Fitted blouses
  • Leather pants
  • The Little Black Dress
  • Fur coats
  • Women's suits, possibly without a shirt layered beneath
  • Very expensive clothes (couture)

Accesories[]

A powerful sense of self and a sharp mind are just as important accessories as any dress. Pair your look with high heels, walk in like you're the hottest person in every room, and you're well on your way to embodying the spirit of the femme fatale.

  • Bold red lipstick
  • Heavy gold jewellery
  • Concealed thigh holsters (often holding a gun or a knife)
  • Tacticlip
  • Musky signature scent
  • Pocket mirror

Stores[]

Media[]

Music[]

Music for this aesthetic is based on the personality traits of the femme fatale. Genres for this aesthetic are diverse and can be from the perspective of the femme fatale or someone who encountered a femme fatale.

Musical Artists[]

  • Ariana Grande
  • Beyoncé
  • Britney Spears
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift
  • PinkPantheress
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Everybody Loves an Outlaw
  • Sir Chloe

Albums[]

  • Blue Banisters by Lana Del Rey
  • I See Red by Everybody Loves an Outlaw
  • Beyoncé by Beyoncé
  • Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
  • Dangerously In Love by Beyoncé
  • Party Favors by Sir Chloe
  • reputation by Taylor Swift

Songs[]

  • Back To Black by Amy Winehouse
  • Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
  • Knew Better by Ariana Grande
  • Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande
  • Naughty Girl by Beyoncé
  • 6 inch by Beyoncé ft. The Weeknd
  • Partition by Beyoncé
  • Kitty Kat by Beyoncé
  • Haunted by Beyoncé
  • All the Good Girls Go to Hell by Billie Eilish
  • you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish
  • Body & Blood by clipping
  • I See Red by Everybody Loves an Outlaw
  • Luxurious by Gwen Stefani
  • Black Widow by Iggy Azalea
  • Tourner Dans Le Vide by Indila
  • VILLAIN by K/DA
  • Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
  • Black Beauty by Lana del Rey
  • National Anthem by Lana del Rey
  • Off to the Races by Lana del Rey
  • Blue Jeans by Lana del Rey
  • Salvatore by Lana del Rey
  • Cherry by Lana del Rey
  • A&W by Lana del Rey
  • Peppers by Lana del Rey ft. Tommy Genesis
  • The Perfect Girl by Mareux
  • Cheri Cheri Lady by Modern Talking
  • Sudno ( Судно ) by Molchat Doma
  • Maneater by Nelly Furtado
  • Feeling Good by Nina Simone
  • Sonne (TikTok Version) by Rammstein
  • Breakin' Dishes by Rihanna
  • Ring by Selena Gomez
  • Femme Fatale by Sir Chloe
  • Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground & Nico
  • Diamondz n Roses by VaporGod

Film[]

  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
  • Gilda (1946)
  • The Killers (1946)
  • Out of the Past (1946)
  • The Paradine Case (1947)
  • Niagara (1953)
  • Clue (1985)
  • Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Species (1995)
  • Cruel Intentions (1999)
  • Charlie's Angels movies (2000-2019)
  • Femme Fatale (2002)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Kill Bill movies (2003-2004)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • Jennifer's Body (2009)
  • The Tourist (2010)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • The Dressmaker (2015)
  • Focus (2015)
  • The Love Witch (2016)
  • Red Sparrow (2018)
  • A Simple Favor (2018)
  • Anna (2019)
  • Hustlers (2019)
  • Promising Young Woman (2020)
  • Ava (2020)

Television[]

  • Charlie's Angels (1976-1981)
  • Nikita (2010-2013)
  • Femme Fatales (2011-2012)
  • Mr. Robot (2015-2019)
  • Imposters (2017-2018)
  • Killing Eve (2018-2022)
  • Girl From Nowhere (2018-2021)
  • Taxi Driver (2021-present)

Fictional Characters[]

  • River Song in Doctor Who
  • Catwoman in the DC Comics
  • Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel comics
  • Fujiko Mine in Lupin III
  • Sam Carpenter in the Scream series
  • James Bond (Daniel Craig) in the 007 series
  • China Sorrows in the Skulduggery Pleasant series
  • Ada Wong in Resident Evil
  • Simone in The Pink Panther (1963)
  • Tomie Kawakami in Tomie (1987-2018)
  • Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Abigail Williams in The Crucible (1996)
  • Jane Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • Effy Stonem in Skins (UK) (2007-2013)
  • Jennifer Check in Jennifer's Body (2009)
  • Kensi Blye in NCIS: Los Angeles (2009-2023)
  • Irene Adler in Sherlock (2010-2017)
  • Alice Morgan in Luther (2010-2019)
  • Young Moira O'Hara in American Horror Story: Murder House (2013)
  • Amy Dunne in Gone Girl (2014)
  • Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot (2015-2019)
  • Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde (2017)
  • Villanelle / Oksana Astankova in Killing Eve (2018-2022)
  • Nanno in Girl From Nowhere (2018-present)
  • Cassie Howard and Maddy Perez in Euphoria (2019-present)
  • Cruella De Vil in Cruella (2021)
  • Kim Do-Gi in Taxi Driver (2021-present)
  • Cassie Thomas in Promising Young Woman (2022)
  • The Prince in Bullet Train (2022)
  • Wednesday Addams in Wednesday (2022-present)

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