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10 Costumes That Will Make You Ditch The Sexy Cat Suit And #ReclaimHalloween

We handpicked a few ideas for you to dress up as a woman you admire this Halloween and celebrate the whole woman inside and out. We would love for you to post your own Halloween costume photos using #SoSheDid!

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1. Olivia Pope

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Scandal heroine Olivia Pope is definitely sexy, but it’s her intelligence and quick wit that led to her success. Dress up this Halloween as your favorite Gladiator to pay homage to a powerhouse female who doesn’t hide her good looks, but doesn’t rely on them either. (Hint: you’re in luck—The Limited recently revealed a full line of Olivia Pope-inspired outfits!)

2. Beyoncé

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Beyoncé Knowles has unrivaled staying power in today’s crowded music industry. While her killer looks have never gone unnoticed, Beyoncé has upped the standard on what it means to be a fierce female and powerhouse business woman. Opt for one of Queen Bey’s more classic looks this Halloween and you’ll impress partygoers everywhere.

3. Michelle Obama

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Having been compared to the likes of Jackie Kennedy, it’s no secret that our First Lady is a fashion icon. She’s also an amazing mentor to young women everywhere thanks to her social initiatives surrounding women’s rights, healthy eating and literacy. Dressing up like Mrs. O. is easy – pick up the latest and greatest sheath from J. Crew, throw on a pair of cute (but sensible) pumps, don yourself with a statement necklace and you’re all set.

4. Katniss Everdeen

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Two words: I volunteer. Katniss Everdeen is a badass female who wouldn’t want her sister to ever take the fall. Can you think of a better woman to emulate this Halloween? It’s simple too; find yourself a faux bow and arrow, do your hair up in her signature braid and then you’re good-to-go.

5. Hillary Clinton

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Democrat or not, there’s no denying that the potential first female president of the United States is a force to be reckoned with and a woman to be admired. This Halloween, dust off your favorite paint suit and honor your country – and female leaders worldwide.

6. Emma Watson

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In the early 2000s, little girls everywhere had only one Halloween wish—to dress up as their favorite fictional character, Harry Potter’s friend and sidekick, Hermione Granger. Things have changed a lot since then for Emma Watson, who played the character throughout the series. Now, at 24, Emma is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador who recently received a standing ovation during a presentation at the UN Headquarters in NYC where she announced her involvement in the UN Campaign, HeforShe.

7. Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen stuns us with her beauty, makes us laugh with her incredible sense of humor and constantly gives back to charitable organizations through her work with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Katrina Relief fund, to name a few. With a crisp button down and a perfectly-highlighted blonde wig, you’ll be representing one of the greatest female TV personalities of our time.

8. Penelope Garcia

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Penelope Garcia, high-powered technical analyst of the Behavioral Analysis Unit on hit-series Criminal Minds, doesn’t bother conforming to typical standards of “beauty.” Blue glasses? Sure. Pink hair? No problem. Anything goes for Penelope who has a rocket sharp mind and the ultimate respect from her colleagues—male and female alike.

9. Serena Williams

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Dig around in your dresser for your nicest tennis dress, grab a fashion-forward headband and strut your stuff dressed as the U.S.’s highest-ranked player in women’s singles tennis. Alongside her sister, Venus, Serena is credited with launching a new era of power and athleticism in women’s tennis and beyond.

10. Anna Wintour

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Anna Wintour may have earned the reputation of being slightly—shall we say—“devil-esque,” but she has risen her way to the top as “commander”-in-chief of Vogue—the largest women’s magazine in the world. Her look is easy to emulate, and if anyone questions Anna’s morals, you can remind them that she recently pushed her signature ‘tude aside to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.