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Kinderwhore was an image used by a handful of mostly female grunge bands in the US during the early to mid 1990s.

The kinderwhore look consisted of torn, ripped tight or low-cut babydoll dresses or nighties, heavy makeup, and leather boots or Mary–Jane shoes of various colors.[1][2][3]


The origin of kinderwhore is uncertain. It may have been started by Kim Shattuck of the Pandoras and the Muffs in the mid-1980s before Babes in Toyland existed, though it is believed that Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland was the first to define it, while Courtney Love of Hole was the first to popularize it.[4] Christina Amphlett of Divinyls can be seen sporting the image on the cover of her band's 1983 album, Desperate.[5] Love declared in an interview in the Los Angeles zine Ben Is Dead that she took the style from Amphlett.[6]


  1. ^ "Kinderwhore Grunge Fashion." From Accessed 7 June 2010 at
  2. ^ "Miss World" music video. Viewed on dailymotion at
  3. ^ "Kinderwhore." From Enjoy Your Style. Accessed 7 June 2010 at
  4. ^ "Courtney Love successfully introduced the kinderwhore look: filmy Victorian nightgowns with fright-wig doll hair and heavy makeup." Cintra Wilson. You Just Can't Kill It., 17 September 2008 (print version appeared in The New York Times 18 September 2008). Last accessed 18 September 2008.
  5. ^ Calendar 9 Dec.,
  6. ^ Ben Is Dead