Ricky’s NYC, a super-shop for everything beauty, opened their annual super-shop for everything Halloween and it is undeniably clear that Halloween is around the corner! We all can’t wait to see the Village Halloween Parade, as well as all of the incredible costumes.
However, a costume in the poorest of taste, at least in my opinion, is the Anna Rexia costume that seems to find its way to the streets of New York every year.
While the costume has been removed from many stores, the costume remains available through other online retailers. The product description: “You can never be too rich or too thin. Knit dress with glitter screenprint. Includes headband, choker neckband, removable “Anna Rexia” badge and ribbon tie belt.” The “choker neckband and ribbon tie belt” look like a yellow measuring tape.
This seems to be both a mockery and a celebration of a serious, life-threatening disorder that is becoming more ubiquitous as the years roll on. Eating disorders do not discriminate and stretch further and further across racial, gender, socioeconomic, etc. lines. They also carry the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Is this something that we should be mocking? celebrating? What message does this send to the men and women are who are suffering? That a little bit of anorexia is okay but don’t get too sick? What do you think about this?