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Kinderwhore was a clothing style 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 and peter pan collared dresses, slips, heavy makeup with dark eyeliner,[1] barrettes, and leather boots or Mary–Jane shoes.[2][3][4]


The origin of kinderwhore is uncertain. It is believed that Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland was the first to define it, while her former roommate Courtney Love of Hole was the first to popularize it. Love has claimed that she took the style from Divinyls frontwoman Christina Amphlett.[2] The look became very popular in 1994.[5]


  1. ^ "Kinderwhore grunge fashion guide". Mookychick. 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Garis, Mary Grace. "THE EVOLUTION OF COURTNEY LOVE". Elle. Kevin O'Malley. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Miss World" music video. Viewed on dailymotion at
  4. ^ Meltzer, Marisa (2010). Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music. New York: Faber and Faber. p. 48. ISBN 9780865479791. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Stegemeyer, Anne; Price Alford, Holly; (2014). Who's who in fashion (6th ed.). New York: Fairchild Books. ISBN 9781609019693. Retrieved 13 December 2015.