You Definitely Never Noticed The Bisexual Lighting Aesthetic...Until Now

26 February 2018, 13:13 | Updated: 26 February 2018, 13:27

Bisexual lighting
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

The aesthetic has slowly but surely become an established part of bisexual storytelling in media.

Janelle Monáe's latest music video for 'Make Me Feel' is making the internet feel all sorts of things.

Aside from the incredible chorus and Janelle's showstopping dance moves, people are also taking note of the lighting in the video.


"Bisexual lighting", as it is commonly called, features prominently in the 'Make Me Feel' video.

via Bad Boy Records/Wondaland

This genre of lighting is often characterised by emotive pink, purple, and blue hues. The style of lighting is also associated with bisexuality because it evokes the colours of the bisexual pride flag. 

Bisexual pride flag

This particular aesthetic has been discussed widely by queer online communities who have noted its usage in film and other art spaces. As it turns out, you've been witnessing bisexual lighting in all your favourite media and you never even noticed.

Here's Charlize Theron playing a bisexual spy in Atomic Blonde.

via Universal Pictures/Atomic Blonde

Note the lighting, folks. 

The video for Demi Lovato's bisexual banger "Cool For Summer" was also bathed in this particular aesthetic.

via Safehouse Records

Could we ever forget San Junipero from Black Mirror?

via Netflix/Black Mirror

And, of course, Hayley Kiyoko: An icon

via Atlantic Records

Crazy Ex Girlfriend's Darryl Whitefeather even came out in this light, in front the pride flag, with an entire musical number about being bi.Crazy Ex Girlfriend

via CW/Crazy-Ex Girlfriend

Of course, this lighting isn't ONLY used to signpost themes of bisexuality. These ultraviolet hues often have other practical purposes, like making a person's skin colour, hair, or clothing stand out. 

Bi-erasure and bi-phobia are all too common in our media and it's SO amazing to see this aesthetic become an established part of storytelling in the bisexual community. 

via NBC