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Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Makes Defiant Debut in the Marketplace (Updated)

Spirit Halloween puts controversial getup on sale, despite outrage, and claims to the contrary

Updated, Wednesday, 2:55 p.m. PT: Good news, outrage junkies; despite earlier reports to the contrary, Spirit Halloween has not banished its controversial Caitlyn Jenner-inspired costume to the closet of bad ideas, and put the outfit on sale online Wednesday.

The Caitlyn Corset Set and Caitlyn Wig, which were modeled after Jenner’s now-iconic Vanity Fair cover, will be available in Spirit Halloween stores by late September.

In launching the new costume, Spirit referred to Jenner as “one of the most courageous celebrities of 2015.”

The Corset Set, which includes the corset, shorts and wig, retails for $49.99, but those on a budget can purchase the wig separately for $16.99.


The controversial Caitlyn Jenner costume has been pulled by at least one company in the wake of substantial backlash from consumers.

Spirit Halloween removed the recreation of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover photo after marketing director Lisa Barr released a statement defending the costume many believe to be transphobic.

“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based on celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes,” Barr said. “Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and our Caitlyn-inspired costume reflects just that.”

LGBT and trans groups condemned the costume, however, with the National Center for Transgender Equality saying, “There’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters.”

“When transgender women step out into the world as their authentic selves, they aren’t wearing a costume,” Nick Adams, a spokesman for GLAAD, said in a statement. “Companies should think twice before seeking to profit from mocking trans women.”

Other online retailers like Anytime Costumes and Wholesale Halloween Costumes are still selling the costume, however.

Representatives for Spirit Halloween did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment as to why the costume was pulled.

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