alloween season is here, which means so are all the skimpy, sexy costumes. Want to be a sexy pumpkin? A sexy wedge of cheese? A sexy table? Then Halloween is your holiday.
If you want to collect candy while dressed as a scantily-clad Godzilla, more power to ya.
But there are some costumes that should go unsexified, if you will, one of those being the costume of the first lady, Melania Trump. And yet, here we are.
Yandy.com is selling a "Model Wife Costume" for Halloween this year.
It’s a shorter, tighter version of Melania Trump’s inauguration outfit.
Before we go into this, we’d just like to say that sexy Halloween costumes in general are not the problem. Any person should feel empowered to show off what they got in a teeny-tiny unicorn leotard. Similarly, any person should feel just as empowered to cover their entire body in a giant, loose-fitting unicorn costume and lumber around with their back legs flying into things as they beg for Butterfingers.
However, sexualizing a real woman who's already faced untold amounts of slut-shaming and inappropriate comments/behavior from men (including her own husband) isn't a great idea.
Donald Trump has spent whole radio interviews sexualizing and exploiting Melania without her consent. While it absolutely sucks that a man has in many ways dictated how many people view this woman*, it’s not OK to contribute to that conversation.
*and many, many other women. Donald Trump has been a force when it comes to objectifying women and reducing them to their sexuality.
Now, Yandy sells all sorts of "sexy" costumes, including a sexy Donald Trump, or as they call it, "Donna T. Rumpshaker."
It seems they are an equal-opportunity sexifier.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Yandy’s vice president of merchandising Pilar Quintana-Williams said, “We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither do our customers. The Yandy Girl strives to be the talk of the Halloween party and we’ve found these topical, pop culture-inspired costumes with a little fashion-forward twist are always a fan favorite year after year.”
Still, it's one thing to make a mouse sexy and another to further objectify the already intensely sexualized-without-her-consent first lady of the United States.
Be a sexy vampire. Be a sexy pencil, if you want.
Just don’t contribute to an already toxic situation.
And Happy Halloween.