When Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair this past summer, serving you more figure than an eight, the image immediately became emblazoned in the public consciousness. With Halloween around, the corner it stands to reason that the Annie Leibovitz-helmed cover would be a popular costume choice—so popular, in fact, it's giving Princess Elsa a run for her money, accrording to TMZ.
A rep for Wholesale Halloween Costumes, one of the retailers carrying the Call Me Caitlyn costume, claims they sold out back in August and haven't been able to restock in time for Halloween. Almost from the get-go, however, the costume was met with criticism, with accusations of transphobia and at least two online retailers removing it from sale. A petition calling to "Stop Exploiting Caitlyn Jenner" has received over 18,000 signatures to date.
“If a man wears the costume with the intention of mocking Caitlyn Jenner, and by extension all transgender women, that is just mean-spirited and unacceptable,” Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of programs for transgender media, told The Washington Post. “Transgender women are women, and when Caitlyn Jenner or any other trans woman steps out into the world as her authentic self, she isn’t wearing a costume.”
Spirit Halloween, a chain of pop-up costume stores, has defended their decision to carry the costume, arguing that it celebrates Jenner as "the most important real-life superhero of the year." Jenner, for her part, doesn't mind the costume—she just wishes they had stepped up their fashion game.
“I’m in on the joke. I don’t think it’s offensive at all. I know the community does and they’ve gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it’s great,” Jenner told Matt Lauer back in September. "They could have a better looking outfit for him [the model], you know? I mean that was a serious bustier on the cover of Vanity Fair, you know?"
Les Fabian Brathwaite—serious bustier.