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Should Halloween Costumes Cross Racial Lines?

PHOENIX (AP) — When Colorado attorney Jeff Schwartz asked his 7-year-old son what he wanted to dress as this Halloween, the answer was clear: his favorite movie superhero, “Black Panther.”

Schwartz said his white son’s choice of a black character didn’t give him pause.

“I didn’t give it a second thought,” said Schwartz. “I think that if my son wants to idolize a character — be it a black character or a white character — race doesn’t need to come into it at all.”

NBC talk show host Megyn Kelly’s comments about blackface on Halloween have reinvigorated a debate over costumes that cross racial lines and what’s appropriate at a time when diverse movie and TV characters like Black Panther have become hugely popular.

The issue has reverberated across social media, from magazine articles about white children wearing Black Panther costumes to protests against costumes that perpetuate Native American stereotypes. Social media debates have focused on whether political correctness is spoiling the spirit of the holiday.

The fallout was swift for Kelly, who wondered on her show why dressing up in blackface for Halloween is racist: NBC said Friday it was canceling “Megyn Kelly Today.” She found little support from her NBC colleagues, including Al Roker who called on her to apologize to people of color nationwide. He later was asked on Twitter if a woman’s white son was OK to dress as Black Panther.

“Sure he can. Just don’t try to wear dark makeup on,” Roker wrote.

Others chimed in on the thread, including Schwartz, whose son only wants to don the Marvel character’s vibranium suit.

“We should encourage our kids to have black heroes whether they’re white or black kids. That’s healthy,” Schwartz said.

Some articles warn white parents away from such a choice, arguing that while Black Panther’s fabled homeland “Wakanda” isn’t a real place, the character’s race is essential to his identity.

Elise Barrow, a black mother of three in New York City, said she and her husband tried to persuade their 5-year-old son to be Black Panther, but he opted to be a dinosaur instead. Barrow said she was torn by the debate.

“Kids want to be what they want to be. I’m not going to prevent them,” Barrow said. “If my son wants to be Captain America, I’m not going to say no.”

A similar issue cropped up in recent years with the animated features “Moana,” set in ancient Polynesia, and Pixar’s “Coco,” which centers on a Mexican boy named Miguel and his family. A few months before “Moana’s” November 2016 release, Disney pulled a costume based on the character of Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson. The ensemble included a brown bodysuit with Polynesian tattoos and a faux-grass skirt. Some argued that it was off-putting to have a child wear the skin of another race.

Jim Quirk, a white father of three in St. Paul, Minnesota, said adults should stop projecting concerns about race and gender onto what is essentially “a kids’ holiday.”

“They want to be princesses, doctors, Black Panther or whatever,” Quirk said. “They do it because they want to be like them. It’s adults who put meaning onto these things.”

But he acknowledges there are some things that are over the line, such as blackface.

“You shouldn’t be disrespectful,” Quirk said.

Calling out cultural appropriation is what drives Amanda Blackhorse, a longtime activist against the use of Native images for mascots and logos. On Wednesday, Blackhorse and others demonstrated outside the Phoenix headquarters of Yandy.com, a lingerie company that has been selling “sexy” Native costumes including one marketed as “Chief Wansum Tail.”

Her group delivered an online petition with thousands of signatures calling on Yandy to stop using Native American culture for costumes.

“The people have always looked at or seen Native people through stereotypes — through headdresses, buckskin and fringe,” Blackhorse said. “This company is perpetuating that. They think that’s who we are. They don’t see us as different tribes.”

The group wants Yandy to discontinue the line, issue an apology and donate any proceeds from the costumes to agencies that help Native American women. A spokeswoman for Yandy did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Yandy’s far from the only retailer offering such costumes. Amazon.com and other mainstream sites offer Halloween-wear based on Asian stereotypes such as a geisha or “dragon lady.” There are also Mexican-inspired outfits that include a poncho, sombrero and mustache and a “sexy senorita” dress.

Kelly’s blackface comments, meanwhile, left many outraged.

“Back when I was a kid that was OK as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” Kelly said in discussion with an all-white panel.

Blackface dates back to the 1830s when white performers would put on dark makeup, wigs and exaggerated costumes, mocking slaves, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. They often depicted black people as lazy, ignorant or cowardly. Decades later, movie stars like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland wore blackface on screen.

 


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5 celebrities who totally killed it with their Halloween costumes this year

Heidi Klum included, ofc…

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By Rebecca Fearn.

Halloween is a time to go wild with your creativity – and let’s be honest, celebrities always do it best. With their unlimited resources, they pull it off every year. There were endless winners this year, but we’ve picked our top 5…

Heidi Klum as Shrek’s Princess Fiona

Every year, Heidi Klum knocks it out the park with her outlandish outfits and epic Halloween party. We loved last year’s Jessica Rabbit, but she may have just topped it with her scarily lifelike Princess Fiona.

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Lupita Nyong’o as Clueless’ Dionne

We’re obsessed with how dead on this interpretation of everyone’s favourite Clueless BFF is, from the nose ring to the chunky 90s phone that she didn’t put down all night. That’s dedication.

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Winnie Harlow as RuPaul

What a Queen! Winnie’s take on RuPaul was bang on – and pretty damn sexy! Nailed it.

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Kourtney Kardashian as Ariana Grande

Ok, hands up if you think the resemblance is uncanny?! KK did a great Ariana, captioning this eerily accurate interpretation with: ‘God Is A Woman’. Yessss.

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake as Lego Batman character

Always one of the best-dressed Halloween couples, the Biel/Timberlakes continued their reign with their awesome lego get-up. Their dedication to costumes is seriously admirable…

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See All of Your Favorite Fashion People’s Halloween 2018 Costumes

Though Halloween doesn’t officially arrive until Wednesday, the weekend leading up to Oct. 31 was packed with festivities in celebration of the spooky holiday. From Los Angeles to New York City, our favorite fashion people dressed up in their best and most over-the-top costumes, from the …

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No Glue Gun Needed: 7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Anyone Can Make

Costume parties in and of themselves seem like a great idea.

That is, until you realize that you’re about to spend $ 50+ and countless hours of work on an outfit that you’ll wear once before shoving it deep under the bed with the rest of your one-hit-wonder Halloween ensembles.

And while I always try to be frugal (because despite my over-the-top holiday enthusiasm, I’m still a Penny Hoarder at heart), I’m also pretty lazy when it comes to Halloween costumes.

I always think I’m going to go all out and DIY my costume, but then every year, without fail, I end up running to the store at the last minute and spending a lot of money.

There has to be a better way to go about this whole costume business — a way that, ideally, won’t cost any money at all.  

Shop Your Closet for Halloween Inspiration

If your aim is to wear a completely free (we like free!) costume on Halloween, start with your closet. Chances are you already have a few costume options lurking in the dark recesses of your wardrobe.

I mean, there’s gotta be a reason you didn’t throw out that Hawaiian print shirt from the summer of ‘92 yet, right?!

I started brainstorming a few costume options that I could make from just the pieces I could find in my closet, and I think they are all pretty doable.

7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Find in Your Closet

I managed to put together seven great options that I could wear to a Halloween costume party — using only things I already owned.

1. Tourist

 

Grace Schweitzer shows off a last-minute DIY tourist costume for Halloween.

This one might be the easiest costume on this list to pull off. I mean, who among us doesn’t have a pair of shorts, a brightly colored shirt and some tacky socks you can pair with sandals?

Slap on a straw hat or visor and some sunglasses and grab a camera or a map and you’re ready to go. A sunscreened nose will only make your costume more realistic (although a little messy).

2. Fortune Teller

 

Grace Schweitzer shows off a last-minute DIY fortune teller costume for Halloween.

For this one, you’ll need drapey, flowy clothing, a scarf or headband and lots of stacked jewelry (never enough jewelry). If you’re not totally convinced that your costume is convincing, carry around a prop like a Magic Eight Ball (or a plain glass orb, if you just so happen to have one lying around) and make vague but ominous statements all night about how your friends’ Mondays will go.

3. Minion

 

A woman wears a DIY minon Halloween costume.

Overalls were like the parachute pants of 2017: You either own three pairs already, or you’re desperately looking for an excuse to add them to your closet. Go ahead, I won’t tell anyone you didn’t actually already own these babies. Add in a yellow shirt (any shade will get the point across), black shoes and gloves and a pair of round glasses or goggles (find an awesome DIY tutorial here), and you’re all set to annoy the living daylights out of everyone at the party.

4. Pinup Girl

 

A woman dresses up as a pinup girl for Halloween.

High-waisted shorts + a button-down shirt + wedges + red lipstick + bandana = perfect pinup girl. Follow a YouTube tutorial like this one to achieve that flawless pinup hair curl (I promise, it’s actually so much easier than it looks), and you’re ready to make old-fashioned gentlemen swoon.

5. Witch

 

A woman dresses up in a DIY witch costume for Halloween.

This costume is less classic witch and more witchy-esque. I mean, does anyone just casually own a pointy hat?

No matter: Throw on lots of black layers, add some dramatic makeup, frizz up your hair and add some drippy black jewelry and no one will even question your costume (mostly out of fear). Bonus points if you’re willing to carry a broom around all night.

6. Zombie

 

A woman dresses up as a zombie for Halloween.

This one doesn’t take a lot of… wait for it… brains to figure out. (I know, I know. I already docked me three whole funny points.)

But seriously, all you need is holey, grungy clothes: ripped jeans, an old work shirt, a plaid button-up and a pair of dirty sneakers. This will either read as zombie or “midnight Taco Bell run” depending on how you accessorize — which is why you can’t skip the makeup.

Use dark eyeshadow around your eyes and under your cheeks, rat your hair and add some twigs and leaves and you’re good to go.

7. Greaser

 

A woman dresses up as a greaser for a DIY Halloween costume.

This one’s a classic, and honestly if you try to tell me you don’t own a white T-shirt and leggings or jeans, I won’t believe you.

Tie a scarf around your neck, slip on a pair of sneakers or wedges, throw a jacket (denim, leather or bomber) over your shoulder and you’re good to go.

Bonus: This one makes for an excellent couples costume, too.

Trick or Treat!

Assuming you own at least a pair of jeans and some dark makeup, I’d say we’ve just about solved your last-minute costume woes.

Now you officially have no excuse for not showing up to the party in a costume that could shock Frankenstein’s monster to life.

Grace Schweizer is an email content writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s just trying to figure out if there’s a way to combine all her best costume ideas into one. Is there such a thing as a fortuwitcheaserpinuzombieist?

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The ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes That Controversy Cannot Kill

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Like pretending to enjoy candy corn and scrambling to find an apple-picking partner, keeping up with “sexy” Halloween costumes has become a requisite October activity.

In simpler times, there were a few staples. Want to show off your legs? Pull out the plaid skirt that lives in the back of your closet and be a naughty schoolgirl. Got boobs and a feather duster? Congratulations, you’re a French maid!

But then social media joined the party, turning every night into a photo op that lasts forever on Instagram. Combine the pressure to look good with the fact that being considered basic in black cat ears is a fate worse than anyone knowing you regularly drink pumpkin spice lattes, and you have to step up your “sexspiration.”

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