• Wed, Sep 21 2011

Chain Store Ricky’s Sells, Then Pulls, Anna Rexia Costume

Earlier today, the Village Voice reported that beauty and costume chain store Ricky’s was selling a costume designed to look like anorexia nervosa. It came complete with a minidress featuring a skeleton (cause it’s sexy anorexia nervosa, of course), a bone hairpiece, and a tape measure going around the waist.

No sooner was the post published, though, than Ricky’s got in touch with the weekly and let them know that the costume wasn’t supposed to be on sale anymore, and that it had been pulled from the website.

Which is good news, I guess, except for the fact that it ever existed at all. Is Ricky’s really that short on ideas for Halloween costumes that they have to start paging through the DSM IV? I mean, aren’t there other sources of inspiration to go to first? I know someone who dressed as a q-tip for Halloween one year. Why not simply dig through the medicine cabinet? Surely a bottle of Advil, while not very funny, is at least more amusing than a disease with one of the highest mortality rates among all psychiatric illness. Call me crazy, but that bums me out. And no one wants to be bummed on Halloween.

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  • Ashley Cardiff

    I don’t understand how this thing can still exist, it’s been stupid for going on 4 years now.

    http://boingboing.net/2007/10/08/anna-rexia-halloween.html

  • Liz

    Ricky’s has actually sold this costume for a few years, but I’m glad to hear they’re finally pulling it. I remember that it’s been for sale for awhile because in 2007, I had a friend who was anorexic and wrote a really powerful Facebook note (back when Facebook notes were a popular thing) and how it felt that a “humorous” Halloween costume made light of a disease that was making her hair fall out and her vision go black.

  • porkchop

    I don’t know. I think this costume is ugly, but the idea of a slutty glittering skeleton representing an anxiety disorder seems really…Halloween. I mean, when I think about someone sticking a bunch of toy cats all over themselves and adding a fright wig and saying they are a crazy cat lady, it’s kind of funny, but only in that “Ha ha, you have COPD and all your cats are dying and your children hate you” way.

    Or what if someone made themselves up to look like there was a steering wheel through their head? Or just as a murder victim. Or if you used different balloons to make yourself into the bacteria that caused an epidemic disease?

    I would never tell someone they -shouldn’t- be offended by this because I can see how they would. Still, I thought that laughing at death was a major theme of Halloween.