Top ten Missouri Women to be for Halloween

26 Oct

Tired of the constant struggle to look sexy on Halloween? Empower yourself by being a Missouri women from the past:

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

10. Josephine Baker: If you insist on making it a scantilly-clad halloween keep your self esteem intact and make yourself a banana skirt like Josephine Baker’s. All you need is some rope, a few fake bananas and some panties. Shirt optional. Difference between Josephine Baker’s banana skirt and dressing as a sexy banana? Baker had talent, and when she danced she embodied freedom and grace.

9. Tina Turner: The coolest part of your Tina Turner costume has to be the wig, which may require a slight investment. If you have a man in your life, though, this is the costume for you – dress up as Tina and Ike ca. 1958 when they met in St. Louis.

8. Kewpie: Grab your flesh colored unitard, some hair gel and blush and you’ve got your kewpie doll costume. Kewpies were invented by Missourian Rose O’Neill in the early 1900s.

Tallest woman in Missouri

7. Ella Ewing: Who doesn’t long for an excuse to wear stilts on halloween? All you need is a really really long dress, stilts and some friends to help you navigate.  Ella grew to between 7-8 feet tall (her actual height at the end of her life was disputed). She was born in 1872 and lived her whole life in north Missouri.

6. Pearl Curran/Patience Worth: A 1920s dress and ouija board are all you  need to be the medium Pearl Curran, who channelled Patience Worth from the 1910s – 1930s. The fun part is, you can go around channeling the words of Patience Worth all evening, so blame her for insulting the sexy crayon, sexy hot dog and sexy chewbacca at the party.

5. Belle Starr: Cowboy hat, pistols and a petticoat are pretty much all you need to be the infamous outlaw Belle Starr, from Carthage.

4. Bonnie Parker: Bonnie and Clyde hid out in Joplin for quite some time before being caught by police in a shootout in the garage of their apartment. A 1930s dress, a pistol and some blood splatters would make for a believable costume.

3. Kate Brewington Bennett: Use some white make-up to impersonate Kate Bennett, who was one of the most well known beauties in St. Louis because of her pearly white skin. She achieved the pale skin by ingesting small doses of arsenic. In 1867 she died from the cumulative affects of the arsenic and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

2. Carrie Nation: Trade in your push-up bra for an axe this halloween and pay homage to Missouri’s famous vandalizing prohibitionist. You need an 1890s dress, a Bible and a hatchet. To be historically accurate you really can’t drink, so this costume is more for you pregnant women and designated drivers.

Carrie Nation

Carrie Nation

1. Celia: Since the main character from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not from Missouri, lets settle for Celia, who may be even more hardcore. Bloodstained old-timey clothes, an axe and assorted racist owner body parts are all you need!

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2 Responses to “Top ten Missouri Women to be for Halloween”

  1. Susan Scott January 8, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Rose Cecil O’Neill has been nomintated to the Hall of Famous Missourians but as yet not selected. She was nominated as America’s first female cartoonist. Not because she was a Kewpie creator but because she was the first female artist who broke into the American comic scene working for national magazines in the late 1800′s. O’Neill was the first female artist to be hired by Puck Magazine and remained the only woman on staff for six years. She was the first female artist to be admitted into the prestigious N.Y. Society of Illustrators in 1916. O’Neill marched in suffrage parades and her suffrage art appeared on posters and postcards that were distributed all across the U.S. O’Neill’s cartoons appeared in nationpwide newspapers and magazines supporting the soldiers and adovocating suffrage messages. “I am always indignant when women are denied the creative power of art”, O’Neill once said. An outspoken advocate for women’s rights, O’Neill’s favorite place on earth was Bonniebrook, located 8 miles north of Branson, Missouri, where she wrote novels, poetry, and short stories and illustrated for magazines. O’Neill was an artist, sculptor, author, poet, suffragist, philanthropist, and womens and minorities activist and yet her creation of the Kewpie character that turned into a doll (1909) has overshadowed all her major accomplishments in the field of art. Please research her history http://www.roseoneill.org. In addition, please nominte her for the Hall of Famous Missourians because she was a genius of the arts who placed her career on the line with compelling and heart piercing illustrations for the underdog. Her art depicted Ozark cabin-folk reading newspapers and books which were scenes taken from childhood when her family cabin home was filled with books and yet they lived in poverty. The power of literacy was a commom theme in her illustrations. O’Neill’s art contained subtle and powerful in-your-face messages about the strength of women. O’Neill was a generous genius of the arts and deserves to properly be remembered in history and in the Missouri Hall of Famous Missourians.

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