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Forget That Predictable ‘Sexy’ Costume And Instead Dress Up As Your Favorite Latina Icon This Halloween

Halloween is finally here! And costume party season is at its peak. If you’re stuck for inspiration and don’t want to wear a predictable and overdone costume, we scared up some of the best personalities from the Latinx community to inspire your own trick-or-treating outfit. 

Dress up as a Latina icon and rep your Latinidad even on Halloween. 

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Forget about dressing up as a milennial pop singer or a horror movie character, this year rep your Latinidad by dressing up as your fave Latinx icon. Whether it’s Celia Cruz or Frida Kahlo, the Latinx community has plenty iconic personalities with distinctive looks to choose from. Dress up as one of the people in this list and share your Latinx icon with the world. 

1. Selena Quintanilla

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You already know we had to include the queen of Cumbia and Tejano in this selection. No Latinx costume selection is complete without Selena’s classic bustier and high waisted pant look. So get ready to bedazzle your bra, get some hoops and red lipstick and you’re ready to bidi bidi bom bom!

2. Ellen Ochoa 

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Chicana astronaut Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina woman to go into space. This iconic woman was also the first Latina/Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center and its second female director. Dress up as her in an orange NASA-emblazoned jumpsuit this Halloween. 

3. Amara La Negra

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This lady appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Miami and wowed viewers with her singing and dancing skills. The Afro-Dominicana’s signature sparkly and colorful outfits won’t be hard to recreate. She’s all about the big beautiful afro, skin-tight bodysuits and sparkly high heels, a trip to Forever 21 should do the trick.

4. Frida Kahlo

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Her look, her work, her words, what’s not to love about this legendary artist? Her classic Mexican folkloric aesthetic can be easily recreated. Add a bold brow, statement jewelry and ribbons and flowers to your hair. You’ll look just like Friducha with minimum effort. 

5. Cardi B

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Cardi is a living Halloween costume. With so many wild outfits you can make your own pick. Whether it’s the monochrome outfit and yellow hair look on the cover her album “Privacy”, the all-pink “Be Careful” ensemble of her music video, or the “Bodak Yellow” short bob look, make sure to find the matching wig, accesories and makeup look to channel your inner Hip-Hip queen. 

6. Jennifer Lopez

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J.Lo is another legendary Latina that just couldn’t be left out of this list. Jenny from the block has served many iconic looks throughout her long trajectory as a Latinx star. But may we suggest the actress and singer’s most iconic outfit yet? The green palm print Versace gown she wore to the Grammy’s in 2000 was a moment worth recreating. Find a beach cover-up in a palm print with matching panties et voila! 

7. Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman’s classic red gold and blue ensemble is always a big hit on Halloween. The 70s rendition of the Queen of the Amazons was played by none other than the Chicana bombshell Lynda Carter. Make sure to order the retro-inspired costume, not the modern version by Gal Gadot. Remember to carry your matching cuff bracelets and lasso of truth —invisible jet optional. 

8. Celia Cruz

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No better costume on a night out than a rumbera with a lot of tumbao. Celia Cruz, the Afro-Cubana queen of Salsa is a whole mood. Go over the top, wear a platinum blonde wig, think of big dramatic sleeves, puffy dresses, sequins and feathers; and you’ll be ready to be la reina del carnaval. Don’t forget to yell “¡Azúcar!” as much as you want. 

9. Raquel Welch

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The iconic Bolivian actress was a whole sex symbol in the 60s. If dressing up in a sexy getup is your thing, Raquel Welch is just the girl for you. She played every role in the book, from futuristic space explorer to Neanderthal cave-woman. Channel the 60s bouncy hair and heavy eye liner look by dressing up as this movie icon in “1000 Years B.C.” Find some fuzzy fabric and fashion yourself a little wraparound bikini to emulate her look. 

10. Carmen Miranda

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Her most recognizable look featured a pile of fruit atop her head, stacks of necklaces around her neck, bold sleeves and color everywhere. This Brazilian actress, singer and samba dancer popularized the ‘fruit hat’ and starred in many films back in the 30s and 40s. Dressing up as the ‘Brazilian Bombshell’ will be the perfect opportunity to be the star of the party in a tutti-frutti ensemble that you can probably put together with what you already have in your closet. 

11. Sonia Sotomayor

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The Bronx native was the very first Latina to be part of the Supreme Court, and you can pretend to be her for a day. Dress up as this legendary Boricua justice in a black robe and the judge’s quintessential necessity, a little gavel.  

12. Lola Falana

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This Afro-Cubana was a Las Vegas staple. Her beauty and talent —and sparkly looks, are the perfect combo to channel for a Halloween costume. Look for crystal-covered bodysuits, feather boas, glam shoes and sparklu jewelry. No costume will be quite as glam as this showgirl from the 60s. 

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