For a majority of New Yorkers fashion is the last thing brought to mind when they hear the term Lolita. Imported from Japan and gaining ground in New York City, Lolita is slowly becoming a style mainstay. Yanise Cabrera, 23, identifies as a Lolita and has found a community of like minded girls from the five boroughs. They celebrate their style with trips to the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival, tea parties, and sushi restaurants. Despite the growing popularity the New York City Lolitas are still faced with ridicule, confounded stares, questions and attention in public. The doll-like dresses and Lolita title also make some uneasy. But regardless of the reaction, Yanise Cabrera is proud to be a Lolita.

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