The women we admire and try to embody all year round can come to life in costume on Halloween – a chance to put on a mask or reveal the woman you want to be. We asked our readers and a few staffers to dress up in their “go-to” Halloween costumes.
Confidence radiated from our portrait studio as we all stepped into the personas of our costumes. The mask we wear on Halloween can reveal a lot about our intentions, goals, and hidden potential. When throwing together a last minute costume, remember there is more than one way to be sexy.
All photos taken by Karla Turner, with lighting equipment and technical assistance provided by Thomas Hammond.
Says photographer, Karla Turner, “Frida turned her personal struggles into art and painted life with an unflinching eye upon herself and an unfailing allegiance to the colors, symbols and indigenous culture of her beautiful Mexico. She was such a bold and unique woman who seemed to embrace life with ardor, even when it was severely unkind to her.”
“I picked Frida because her unconventional qualities were what made her stunningly beautiful inside and out.” Brittany Braddock, model.
“I wanted to represent someone strong, smart and who looked like ME. With everything going on, I cannot let black women forget how impactful and important we are. Angela Davis is a prime example.” Mila Burgess-Conway, model.
LUMOS! “I wanted my costume model, Jenni Brennison, to dress as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter stories. Hermione is a literary heroine notable for her confidence, talent and intelligence, as well as for having more than enough bravery to match the boys. Generations of girls get to grow up feeling proud to be smart and take risks because of this fierce, fictional witch. A warrior for the bookworms!” Karla Turner, photographer.
“I chose to be a member of Pussy Riot because as a female front woman myself, they have been one of my biggest personal inspirations. What makes their project so incredible is that they’ve never had a hit song, they’ve never been on billboard charts, but they are one of the most important and brave bands on the planet. They unapologetically spoke their minds in an act of performance art and were thrown in prison for it, continuing to hold their beliefs. They are a political and cultural masterpiece.” Katie Sheridan, model.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“I chose to dress as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because she is an absolute badass. She started her legal career at Harvard Law during a time when women just didn’t do that sort of thing. While she was in law school she also became a mother for the first time and cared for her husband through testicular cancer. She then went on to champion women’s rights as an attorney for the ACLU and eventually made her way to the Supreme Court bench. She has dramatically changed the face of American jurisprudence all while overcoming personal obstacles I can’t even imaging facing. Now, at 82, she is still going strong and refuses to retire. For an aspiring lawyer she is more than an inspiration; the woman is a living legend.” Annie Rumler, model.
“It’s hard out there for women in comics, and not every author gives a character justice, but Catwoman is my ultimate foil to every hulking, brooding, male superhero. She’s Batman’s equal and has been around since Batman #1. There’s something empowering about embodying a character defined by her strength, ferocity, and passion.” Roxy Lenzo, model.
Pop Art Rosie the Riveter
“I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on a costume this year. The past year or so I’ve been getting into the vintage modern movement and Rosie is an icon from that time. I also really love doing makeup so I thought I’d put a twist on the traditional Rosie and turn her into a Pop Art cartoon character.” Brooke Troxwell, model.