This is a sensitive topic. Many would argue that buying into this aesthetic and subculture is not far from a romanticization of pedophilia. Please research the implications of this style thoroughly before making the decision to involve yourself in it. If this makes you incredibly uncomfortable but you do like the look, you can still be a part of the Nymphet community and frown upon people in the community who do romanticize pedophilia.
It's still necessary to acknowledge even harmful influences on modern visual culture, but we at the Aesthetics Wiki DO NOT condone the romanticization of pedophila and child abuse.
Nymphet is an aesthetic based on a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov - "Lolita", published in 1955 and it's movie adaptations from 1962 and 1997. Nymphet is a young girl, who is attractive and sexually mature, but still has childlike behavior and innocence. As an aesthetic, this word refers to the style of Dolores Haze in the movies, that influences the fashion nowadays. It mostly revolves around youth, summer dresses, carefree fun and flirting, with some going the extra mile and partaking in relationships with big age gaps (though most members in the Nymphet community frown upon this sort of behavior).
Vladimir Nabokov intended his novel to be a critique on beauty and how it can hide true evil, portray Humbert Humbert as a pedophilic abuser, and showed Dolores as a young girl who is only "sexually mature" as a result of grooming and the warped narrative of the villain-protagonist. Of course, multiple audiences were unable to see his themes and took it at face value, falling into Humbert's spell. This was further complicated with Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of the novel. In it, Dolores was portrayed by 15-year-old post-pubescent Sue Lyon, a great age difference from 12-year-old Lolita. Kubrick's own direction had not made it explicitly clear that Dolores's "seduction" was in the mind of Humbert, and many viewers did not see it as an abuse narrative, but rather an illicit and forbidden love story.
Teen girls (14-18) also both perpetuate this romanticization and are victims to society's over-sexualization. Young women who feel sexual/romantic attraction to their teachers, friends' fathers, and other men seek these sorts of relationships and try to seduce them. Of course, it is the adult's responsibility to end this. Society's portrayal of teenaged girls also pressures young women to be more sexual. Movies would romanticize and normalize age gaps, display sexual promiscuity in high school, and shame modesty and indifference towards sex. As such, young women would pursue the relationship and aesthetic to gain approval from society.
Nymphet visuals focus heavily on adolescence and the gateway between childhood and adulthood.
- "Lolita" (1962), (1997)
- "Leon the Professional" (1994)
- Natalie Portman was 12 at the time and was sent sexual letters from grown men.
- "American Beauty" (1999)
- "The Crush" (1993)
- "Pretty Baby" (1978)
- "Breezy" (1973)
- "Copenhagen" (2014)
- "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" (2015)
- "Jeune et Jolie" (2013)
- "The Lover" (1992)
- "Lolita", "Put me in a movie", "Off to the Races" - Lana del Rey
- "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - Marylin Monroe
- "Guys My Age" - Hey Violet
- "You're Sixteen" - Ringo Starr
- "Lolita" - Knee High Fox
- "Moi... Lolita" - Alizee
- "Girls In Their Summer Clothes" - Bruce Springsteen
- Laura Palmer and Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks
- Dale Cooper talks Audrey out of her pursuit and Laura's journey was explicitly borne from trauma
Note: This fashion should not be confused with Lolita fashion, a Japanese street fashion that is heavily inspired by Rococo and Victorian era clothing, which has entirely different rules and mentality behind it, and is no way related to Nabokov's "Lolita", despite sharing its name.
Face and Makeup
- Clean, Dewy Skin
- Rosy Cheeks
- Highlighter to Achieve Soft Glow
- Pastel and Shimmery Eyeshadows
- Cute, Long Lashes
- Red Lipstick (must have for nymphets)
- Glittery and Sheer Glosses in Pink, Red or Peachy Tones
- Long Natural Hair
- Soft Waves and Curls
- Milkmaid Braids
- Tennis Skirts
- High-Waisted Shorts
- Cropped Tops
- Plaid/Floral/Cherry Patterns
- Thigh-High and Knee-High Socks
- Mary Jane Shoes
- Red/White/Pink/Baby Blue Clothes
- Preppy Clothes
- Clothing with Lace
- Heart Shaped Sunglasses (must have!!)
- Ribbons/Bows/Hairbands/Cute Hair Accessories in general
- Cute, Soft Necklaces
- Delicate Chokers
- Small Earrings
- Vintage Backpacks
- Stockings and Cute Socks
- Bubblegum and Candies
- Cherries or Strawberries
(Played straight) signifies the sexual activities and pedophilic elements of the aesthetic, while none means that both the pro-age gap and anti-age gap members of the community participate/aestheticize these activities
- Baking or cooking for your friends or family
- Chewing bubblegum
- Dancing, particularly in a modern or lyrical style
- Eating fruits and certain sweets
- Fashion or shopping at thrift stores
- Femme fatale-like behavior such as murder or running someone over with a car. Either the man's wife or the man himself after realizing his abusive nature. (played straight)
- Going to parties
- Having a secret relationship with an adult (played straight)
- Making out/kissing
- Sitting in his lap
- Maintaining a carefree and childlike demeanor
- Painting your nails in bright, girlish colors
- Risque party games such as Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven (played straight)
- Rollerskating, running or riding a bicycle
- Sexual behavior at a young age such as fantasizing, mimicking behavior in movies/TV, etc. (played straight)
- Trying to be more "adult" via dressing up and wearing make up. (played straight)
- Writing physical letters with paper and pen
Faunlet is the male equivalent to a Nymphet. The main inspirations for the aesthetic are Tadzio from the 1971 adaptation of Death in Venice, Leonardo DiCaprio and vintage boys clothes, especially sailor clothes and woodland themes and colours.
The Faunlet aesthetic does seem to have more of a following in the LGBTQ community than in heterosexual circles, though theoretically, one could be involved in the Faunlet community and be straight (but it's nowhere near as common). Examples found on Tumblr of the Faunlet community do seem to factor into a teacher/student dynamic as well.