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Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Sara, the 'Michonne The Walking Dead' costume creator:

This is a costume my boyfriend and I made, we are huge Walking Dead fans! And yes, my body is painted :)We made the "Zombie Pets" out of styrofoam, and sculpted the faces and bodies out of clay.

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#1 comment by Random Black Person February 9, 2013

Either you are racist or unabashedly ignorant. In any case this is still a terrible costume, the body paint wasn't needed. I'm sure people would have figured you were going as 'Michonne' by the TWO SWORDS AND JAWLESS ZOMBIES. If you had the stones to actually go out in public like this on Halloween, I really hope you got random things thrown at you.

#2 comment by That Guy February 28, 2013

You REALLY shouldn't do this. My first thought was WHAT-THE-FUU.... A lot of people will take offense to this so I highly suggest that you don't do it at all. You maybe a loyal fan but others won't see it that way when they first see you. Look up blackface if you don't know what it looks like you're doing.

#3 comment by Jessica March 3, 2013

So, this is possibly the most offensive Halloween costume I've seen. If you can't understand why this is offensive, you need to think long and hard. For everyone else, it's obvious. Disgraceful.

#4 comment by Meredith March 6, 2013

"And yes, my body is painted :)"

#5 comment by Doctor Butthole March 7, 2013

God, I love the whiners here. They're so desperate to show you how full of love and tolerance they are, and they do it by hurling insults.

#6 comment by Josiah March 7, 2013

I laughed when I first saw this because of how poorly executed this paint and make up looks. I think it was a cool idea, Michonne is a great character, but I feel that by doing this proves that you didn't have the skills to pull it off and have a blatant disregard for racial sensitivity in our progressive society. Fail.

#7 comment by Terri April 3, 2013

I don't understand the problem. Do you people actually watch the walking dead. Michonne is an AFRICAN AMERICAN and her skin color is dark. So what is wrong with making your skin darker to match the character you are dressing up as?? I doesn't make you a racist she obviously likes the character and wanted to execute the costume accurately or she would've picked someone else. You people are ignorant for passing judgment on this girl. You did a wonderful job on the costume. Some people just love drama and running their mouths. If you think it's racist and that word comes to mind then you are probably the one who is a racist!!

#8 comment by Asha April 8, 2013

Terri, you'll have to live with the fact that many people are offended by "black face". I find it really offensive but you won't listen to an argument from me so I'd suggest a simple google search which might explain more eloquently why that is.

#9 comment by Andrea June 17, 2013

As an African American I've seen other African Americans dressed as Caucasian characters for Halloween that did not go so far as painting themselves white. Lol! You look ridiculous. Take a bath and soak your brain while you're at it.
[at]Terri you're just as dumb : )

#10 comment by Rodden June 25, 2013

I am an African American and I understand the meaning of "black face". I also understand that when our soldiers are in combat in wooded or bushed areas, they darken their face as not to be seen. Where do we draw the line on what is racism and what is just a simple act of fun. I do not think this woman intended anything negative and we need to stop jumping on everything throwing racism out like candy to trick or treaters. Get over it and move on. This is why we can't get ahead cause we are stuck in the past. smh [at] ignorance

#11 comment by Terri June 25, 2013

Excellent point Rodden! The insults are just silly. I do know what "black face" is. I am a well educated individual and I just believe that this woman did not mean any harm by her costume. Maybe one day people will be able to move on without pulling the race card but there will always be those few that find it necessary. Have a great summer to you all!

#12 comment by Andrea July 24, 2013

[at]Rodden [at]Terri Well I am offended and its my prerogative to be so. I feel that the strength in Michonne's character is not defined by her being a black woman. It's really ignorant to focus on that aspect of the character when all she needed to do is replicate the essence of Michonne and her recognizable characteristics. For a Caucasian person to paint their faces black causes an uncomfortable feeling for not only blacks but most whites as well. I didn't play the race card. I never called her racist. Just ignorant. She's free to wear her costume but when she gets negative responses and dirty looks at least now she can't pretend not to know why.

#13 comment by Starr August 6, 2013

I'm bi-racial (white/black). I am "mostly" white, therefore I LOOK mostly white (or so I've been told). I am planning on going as Michonne for Halloween this year too. While I do not really find the blackface offensive, I do think the costume would look much better if you just went as a "white" Michonne. Buy blonde dreadlocks (or whatever your real hair color is). I'm getting red ones (if I can find them) because I'm a redhead. I was thinking about the whole paint thing, but then I realized that not only would that be offensive to many people, it will most likely look ridiculous. Thank you for proving my point.

#14 comment by Emilie August 11, 2013

This grosses me out so much.

Like, wow. This is highly offensive and scrolling through the comments, I do not need to say why, do I?

I didn't seek this, mind you, for it's in the walking dead google search, so I was unfortunate enough to stumble on it.

African American people are not costumes to dress up as. I assume you didn't meant to be offensive, but consider this; would you likely see an African American whitening their face to dress a part of a white-skinned character in any case? Likely not.

It's fine to dress as a dark-skinned character, but one should not make their skin color apart of that costume. You are then defining her by her race when, well, you shouldn't be.

Skin color is not something one just dresses up in.

#15 comment by Bajeezus August 16, 2013

I'll just assume you're somewhere outside of North America where blackface wasn't a thing

#16 comment by Joseph Morse August 16, 2013

Fellow commenters, This is not what "blackface" is. Blackface is an exagerated and mocking portrayal of a stereotypical back person characterized by pitch black makeup and giant lips. Skin color is nothing but an external physical feature and when you dress up as someone you recreate their external physical features. Lets all get over the past and not get overly exasperated by something just because it is slightly reminiscent of racism. She probably intended no offense and so there is no reason at all to take any. The only offensive thing about her makeup is how badly it was applied.

#17 comment by Stan August 27, 2013

These comments wtf. So you like an African American character in a movie, you dress up like her and do you makeup, so you must be racist? Liking a black character in a movie is racist? What the hell? You didn't mock anyone, you just like a character and you wanted to look like her.

#18 comment by Dominique September 12, 2013

There is no reason anyone has to paint their face to look like a character. How many black boys and girls ,like myself, have alot of black characters to dress up as...not too many. The fact is that we do not paint our kids faces white to look more like Superman or Cinderella. She isn't trying to be offesive, atleast I hope not because the reason she is dressing up as her is because that is one of her favorite tv characters. The only problem is no one should have to paint their faces to look more like a character because truthfully it looks ridiculous.

Also how many people here who are truly offended are actually african american. It seems that the people who do say they are african american really think it just looks funny or also giving suggestions on making it less offesive to ironically white people. I'm not sure if the white people are embarrassed for what their ancestors did or if they feel that the need to make it up to colored people because of slavery, but everyone calm down some people just maybe just weren't thinking of how it could and would offend people.

#19 comment by Carolyn September 19, 2013

I absolutely LOVE Michonne's character, and I was really wanting to dress up as her for Halloween. However, I am a white woman. I was definitely not planning on painting my face. I was just planning on going as myself and braiding my hair in a bunch of smallish braids (if I can do it - I suck at braids) rather than buying a dreadlock wig. I want to know if this is okay? I know that African American women dress up as characters that are white skinned, but when I talk about how I want to be Michonne for Halloween, people mention the fact that she is African American and I am not. I think that it is a badass costume and people would definitely be able to tell who I am, even without the zombies attached (I was also going to maybe add a wound from when she and the governor got into it), but I don't want to offend anyone. What does everyone think?

#20 comment by AK September 23, 2013

To understand why this is offensive you have to understand history. You can KNOW about the history of black face and minstrel shows and still not UNDERSTAND why even today, blackface is disgusting. Dressing in black face, even when it isn't in an exaggerated minstrel style, harkens back to a time when black people were horribly mistreated. Not to mention, using the black make up basically emphasizes that you think this character is nothing more than a color. The costume could easily be pulled off without the makeup.

Better yet, how about white people stop appropriating other cultures and races at Halloween completely. We have the privilege of looking like 90% of major characters and celebrities. Why do we think we are entitled to the few others.

#21 comment by anm September 24, 2013

Maybe you should be Andrea instead.....she's dead btw.

#22 comment by CTine October 1, 2013

I LOVE IT!! I am also going as Michonne this year and YES I AM Painting myself. I do not think its racist at all to want to fully embrace and honor the character. Why are people so serious?! Of course she's not trying to bash her she's trying to look as similar to michonne as possible. Stop referencing things that happened hundreds of years ago and get with the times people!
Ps. I'll be going to a house party lol.
Ps Thank You Joseph Morse

#23 comment by Jayqwell October 1, 2013

Can't believe there is even an argument in favor of this. When we saw this we were absolutely shocked and appalled -- costume wearer, If you are an elaborate troll, congratulations. If not, shame on you. Smh, read a book people.

#24 comment by Marvin G. October 1, 2013

This person might not be racist, but she damn sure is ignorant. I do not understand why she felt the need to paint her face "black" in order to um, "authentically" look like Michonne. My six-year-old daughter is going as Jasmine from Aladdin this Halloween, but I will NOT be painting her face yellow/light tan in order to make a point. SMH.

#25 comment by Etnahc P. October 7, 2013

You can still portray the essence of the character without having to change the color or your skin. Many African American people dress up as Caucasian characters simply because there are not many black characters out there, but never have I seen them change the color of their skin to look more like the character. This just looks ridiculous!

#26 comment by Chocolate October 11, 2013

I'm a black female and a big fan of the Walking Dead. I don't find the costume offensive but if your going to do it don't leave your lips stone cold white. It makes you look ashy. I will be dressed up as Michonne at the Walking Dead Event at the Angelika Theatre Uptown Dallas this Sunday for the Premiere of the walking Dead

#27 comment by Stacey October 14, 2013

Everybody calling the racist card. What a joke. The character is African American! Wake up and stop whining

#28 comment by Bajeezus October 14, 2013

For the folks saying this isn't true black face, and for the folks saying you should emulate a character as much as possible when putting together a costume you are both correct but being Asian, if I saw a person try to emulate "Asian eyes" heck ya I'd be offended and I'm glad I haven't seen anyone do it yet. So yes I apply that feeling towards this face coloring.

#29 comment by Sleazy Cortez October 14, 2013

I'll be going as the incredible hulk this Halloween. I'll just be shirtless though. I was going to paint myself green, but now now, no way.

#30 comment by Lonely girl October 16, 2013

Guess the wicked witch is out too...

#31 comment by Mike October 22, 2013

The movie "White Chicks". Has anyone seen it?

I am not racist one bit; but when I dress up for Halloween I dress to look like the character I'm portraying. That includes being whatever color that character is. Simpsons=yellow. Broom Hilda=green. A pumpkin=orange. Smurf=blue. Etc. Why should it be any different in this case just because some people are hyper-sensitive?

#32 comment by Nameless October 23, 2013

@mike you are more racist than you realize just by the fact that you listed off imaginary characters and compared it to black face.

#33 comment by Mike October 23, 2013

Michonne IS an imaginary character. This is not blackface. This a person innocently paying homage to a character she admires. What's sad is that people make such a comparison. In effect, keeping racism alive.

#34 comment by Nameless October 23, 2013

@mike so you don't see a difference between animated characters and a real life actress? Or are you stating that they could have gotten a white actress to play a black woman just as long as they painted her black?

#35 comment by Elaina October 23, 2013

I had a friend who dressed up as Nicki Minaj 2 years ago. Yes, she is white, but guess what she still embodied the character and didn't darken her skin to do it. Many people are saying they don't believe she is trying to be racist or offensive because this is her favorite character. I agree, maybe she really didn't think it through. People should also realize most comments may save her from people who are not on-line seeing this picture. Because out in the real world, this lady could get hurt, as not everyone is understanding whether we are hundreds of years in the future or not! The dumbest thing I have read so far is that "we are keeping racism alive by referencing black face". Well, it's not like I'm going to forget what can be considered highly offensive because people want to move on.
So if I correct someone when they say jew instead of the correct term of Jewish, am I now one who is "keeping racism alive"?! Many people are trying to correct her as well. Going without a painted black face is more acceptable and politically correct than going with one.
For everyone's ignorant information racism has never gone away, it's just not as extreme as slave ships and wips.

#36 comment by Mo October 23, 2013

Hey I love the character also, but as a
Black female with dreads I dont think its
Nessaary for you to darken you skin, but
if you want to more power to ya, Just
be careful people are crazy.

#37 comment by Ryan C November 27, 2013

It comes from ignorance. I don't think you meant harm, but you have to understand the history and sensitivity of what all minorities faced with whites dressing up like them. I think you could have pulled the costume off without painting yourself, just to be nice about it. Racism is still an issue, which means feelings are sensitive. If you've ever been made fun of, you would understand.

#38 comment by Black Blackerson February 26, 2014

Black face is black face no matter what way you try to slice it. This is a very dangerous costume to wear! You could've dressed up as Michonne and not used black face at all.

#39 comment by Laila fields July 4, 2014

Let's not do that one, ok? Lol

#40 comment by JMousey August 7, 2014

Good Costume, shoulda put some lipstick on tho...

Everyone who commented, shut the fuck up and quit calling this poor girl racist. She did absolutley nothing wrong. This isn't black face. This is simply a girl dressing as her favorite charactor. Your all just dramatic pieces of shit to try to make her feel bad for no reason. She did nothing wrong. There is nothing wrong with painting your skin to look like a charactor. Ever seen the movie White Chicks? Yeah, shut the fuck up! You did a great job on the costume hunny :)

#41 comment by Phire Halliwell August 20, 2014

I'm black and I don't find this costume racist at all. "Blackface" is someone is who is purposely trying to offend the other race. Everyone is so offended these days. When you realize that people whether intentionally racist or not have NO POWER over you--that is when RACISM will end! N word, blackface,etc will ALWAYS be here. It's apart of life. If life were perfect it would be HEAVEN! I swear some of you need to stop giving people a hard time and worry about changing yourselves FIRST before trying to dictate to other people what is racist and what is not. Everybody talks shit when they think no one is around.
If this were my friend I would just tell her, "Your costume is amazing, but just be careful because some people have nothing else better to do than to cry about racism."
She wasn't trying to be racist. She likes the character and wanted to portray it to the fullest. That's not racism. My 4 year old cousin was a bag of bread for halloween and painted her face white. You don't see WONDER BREAD coming after her. Take your power back. Nobody ever makes fun of something that doesn't hurt you. Stop letting these STUPID things hurt you. There's more things to worry about than words and painted faces. God bless you all.

#42 comment by Fed up with white folks b.s August 21, 2014

[at]JMousey Shut your racist white ass up. I dare you to share your views in the company of a real black person, but you won't, so shut the entire fuck up.

[at]Phire Halliwell You are not black. Nice try. No black person would ever not find that offensive. Shut your white ass up... You tried it, have a seat have a seat.

#43 comment by Nameless August 21, 2014

[at]Phire Hallowell "When you realize that people whether intentionally racist or not have NO POWER over you--that is when RACISM will end! N word"

This part right here tells me you're white and trying to sell yourself as black to try to prove a point makes you racist

#44 comment by Tia September 14, 2014

Phire hailiwelk I showed this pic to many people and races and this is blackface. If she was doing this costume to the fullest, she woukd have worn lipstick that was the same color of her skin, in she failed on the eye color too. To state you are black gives everyone the belief you are not. People need to stop comparing objects to human beings. Its a character, yes, but its a character portraying a human being.so she may not be racist but she is very offensive.

#45 comment by nearls October 3, 2014

Black face has a horrendous history and perhaps you were unaware, but now you're not. I'm white and dressing as Michonne for halloween (which is how I found this). I would never paint my skin in black face. Just dress the character. She is distinct and fierce and totally recognizable without donning a black face that you must have known people would find offensive.

#46 comment by Carol October 8, 2014

GREAT.....GREAT costume!! I am a huge fan also!! Wake up People....Michone is BLACK!! I'm sure she would be honored to have someone dress up like her!! You people that are hurling insults are the most racist people of all!! I would totally do the same thing and am probably gonna do it!! I love it!! What a GREAT character and I'm sure most people wouldn't get it if you didn't color your skin. I'm sure it will be a hit!! Good job!!

#47 comment by kgurlballin October 17, 2014

this is a disgrace! The costume was cool, but like most said, the blackface wasn't necessary. If you see a woman with dreads, a sword, (and oh yeah), 2 zombies on a rope, we know it's Michonne

#48 comment by camila.andradedasilva@gmail.com October 17, 2014

Good luck going out there on Halloween with a "black face". I can assure you it won't end up well.
Other than that, I think that if you drop the black face, your costume is very nice and creative.

#49 comment by Sophie October 19, 2014

the blackface wasn't needed AT ALL. pleae if you ever EVER wear this costume just leave out the blackface it is very offensive and otherwise people will get who you're trying to dress up as.

#50 comment by Denise Jordan October 28, 2014

I so want to do this costume this year. I don't think is nothing wrong. I am from Brazil and people in American get offended so easily. What is wrong of being black? or being white? or being Brazilian? OMG guys you are being rude here to her. I love Michonne too and I will make my skin a little darker. Nothing wrong you rock. Keep the spirit.

#51 comment by Nameless October 28, 2014

@denise jordan there's nothing wrong of being anything but not so old US history there was a thing called black face which was white people dressing as blacks (including face paint) and portraying them in a very poor way.

#52 comment by Black Guy From Florida October 29, 2014

There is not wrong with painting your whole body to be authentic with costume. Years ago people painted themselves blue for Avatar!

#53 comment by Shady October 30, 2014

@'Black' Guy From Florida. Either you're an Uncle Tom or you're not black at all. The fact that you would dare compare fictional characters to the weight of blackface proves that you are a moron.

#54 comment by Null_Shock October 30, 2014

#22 C tine you are an idiot, you may lose some friends. Best of luck, who knows maybe they will be understanding.

#52 You are an idiot, Your comment is idiotic, and you should feel like an idiot.

People who approve of this costume. . .They are likely kids, or lack knowledge of the U.S.'s history.

This is indeed black face, I can not begin to understand the emotions this evokes, I am of Irish Decent. I a lot of people these days(specially the white population.) want to prove that they are "tolerant"

I really have issues with Politically Correct douche bags, but Black Face? Really?

I know this chick made a dumb judgement call, but the people in the comments saying it is not a big deal to wear black face because of what happened a long time ago, is stupid, it was offensive then and it is just as offensive now. Stop being ignorant, and educate yourselves. Black Face has no place outside of a text book or documentary.

*shrugs* I need to sleep all nighter, I hope I worded everything, I do not want to come back to a bunch of pissed off people.

#55 comment by John November 1, 2014

While I do understand that when you do something publicly and makes posts, you will offend people.
There IS a difference between what this woman did and "Blackface". Everyone is saying "google it", "google it"..and I wonder if the people saying that have even Googled "blackface". It was waaaay more than just white people putting on black make up it was a part of a society trying to exclude blacks, make light of blacks, etc, etc so having a white girl putting on black make up to imitate a popular character played by a black actress. little different purpose behind the make up people. Be offended if you like about the make up but learn the difference between what "blackface" is and what this girl did.

#56 comment by Nameless November 1, 2014

[at]John the short of it is, there's no legit reason to paint your face black for a costume. You never see a person try to look Asian when imitating Asian characters so why the need to paint your face black? I'm pretty sure the sword and leashed zombies are a big enough hint.

#57 comment by John November 2, 2014

Nameless, well I would never paint my face black to be in character..mainly because I'm old enough to realize it would offend people. But there is a generation after me that doesn't realize this. My point is still that black face and what this girl did are two different things and people are trying to lump them together.
I do find it interesting while all movies have been pulled from broadcast that would show someone in black face, you can still see movies aired where whites portray asians or in particular Native Americans with make up for both and those still are used in our culture. Maybe it's because the outcry of public opinion for those races has not been heard as much. Don't know.
I only found this because I actually saw several white people on my fb feed that dressed up as Michanne yes 6with make up and the whole 9 yards but they were all 20-somethings different generation that have no clue that what they're doing can be construed in a different light than what they're intentions are.
On a different note I've known Philipinos that buy skin lightening products to be more "white", Michael Jackson was accused of lightening his skin to be more "white" and white people go to tanning beds so they're not so pale LOL and none of that has to do with portraying a character they admire.
Wish the world all was happy with the skin they were in, that they respected others for theirs, at the core realized truly it's not skin that makes us who we are but the content of our character.

#58 comment by Nameless November 2, 2014

I'm mestizo. The filipino whitening you talk about is not to be Caucasian but to look light skinned which is a sign of being upper class since only those working in the fields would be dark.

Ignorance is no excuse to do something offensive, actually ignorance is what spreads hate and racism.

Once again there is no reason to dawn blackface to portray a fictional character, there are plenty of other things within the costume that are enough to define the character.

#59 comment by John November 2, 2014

Well Nameless the filipinos I know do it ..along with lighter hair because they see American Hollywood stars and want to be more like them. Again trying to be like characters they see in film and television. This was stated from actual filipinos ..from their own admission.
And what this girl did is NOT blackface.. Not saying she should do this at all but as everyone says Google "blackface" and what it was for 100 years and it's intent. By it's definition and intent, this is not blackface. If people think she did this to make fun of, belittle, mock, or exclude blacks which was part of the purpose of blackface that's not this. Again again again not saying or endorsing her trying to be totally in character with the make up.
Come on she thought she did a great job, submitted her pic because she thought she has a great costume, etc. I bet she had no idea this would be associated with blackface. Of course she does now!
And again, because most people want see the point of the post, not endorsing what she did, I wouldn't do it .because of I'm 46. I grew up just on the back side of the civil rights movement with some of that left over tension still taking place in communities and schools. I have a different filter than 20-somethings do.

#60 comment by Nameless November 2, 2014

@john I've never heard a filipino say they lightened their skin for the sake of Hollywood but they will say things like "I am white and you are blackened by the sun" which is a direct refence to class and work, and figuring I grew up with them, married to one, and I'm half, I'm gonna be suspect of your source which means you're probably making something up to prove your point which actually devalues your arguments.

I never said the girl was intentionally racists but I do think the girl wasn't smart in her choice and made a poor decision that shouldn't be defended on the idea of detailed costuming.

#61 comment by Maxwell November 13, 2014

Im African American and I think it's flattering that she chose michonne. But the costume, mainly the body paint, needs work.

#62 comment by Jesse November 18, 2014

Love it! Great idea and beautifully done.

#63 comment by Laura March 14, 2015

I live in France, and here I've never heard anything about the "black face" (but I'll look it up).
I tried to understand why it was offensive but to be honest, if I were dark skinned myself and wanted to look like a blond-haired character, I would probably try to look as close as possible to the character. So if it implies wearing lighter foundation, I guess I would. And if I wanted to look like a red haired character with freckles, I'd wear a wig and draw freckles, etc.
I can see what you mean when you say Michonne has recognizable elements in her costume, which means we don't care about her skin colour but for cosplay I'd assume people try to look as close to the person as possible.
Anyway, I was looking for a costume for carnival and the poorly applied makeup all over the skin convinced me it didnt look good in any way... so I'd not put any in the end. The only problem is the wig because I like the dark haired dreadlocks and I'm really light skinned but I'll see what I can do with that.

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