Superhero-Crazy Sisters Debut Amazing Halloween Costumes, Launch #iamaheroicgirl

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They captivated us as Huntress and Power Girl in 2012. They wowed us as Squirrel Girl and Captain Marvel in 2013. And this year, our favorite superhero-crazy sisters, Anya (age 9) and Stella (age 7), have just blown us away with the debut of their amazing Halloween costumes for the official launch of #iamaheroicgirl. So evil forces of the world this is your heads up that Big Barda and her Birds of Prey teammate Black Canary just cruised into town, and you should be afraid… be very afraid.

There’s no denying that Anya and Stella are insanely cute. But “cute” doesn’t come close to defining this dynamic duo. They are creative, spirited, fearless, and heroic girls who want to show the world that girls can be superheroes, and more importantly, that girls deserve the chance to fight for what they believe in.

Anya is all too familiar with what this means. In first grade, some boys at school made fun of her for wearing a Spider-Man t-shirt. Her tears dried up quickly and permanently after learning from her parents that “heroes are not just for boys.” Since, she and her sidekick (a.k.a. sister) Stella have been proudly and bravely showing their heroic sides any chance they get.

“Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.” – Elastigirl, The Incredibles

Both girls, who single-handedly choose their Halloween costumes each year, picked up their love of comic books and video games from their dad, Heroic Girls founder and WYSK Contributor, John Marcotte. He shared, “My girls are no princesses. They don’t need to be rescued. They are the heroes of their own stories. And no one better forget it.”

Just like in years past, the girls’ Big Barda and Black Canary costumes were made by hand in a truly heroic team effort led by the fab Marcotte foursome and their dear friend, Adrienne Hebb, who is one badass seamstress. Mom Patti told us, “When you have to resize an adult-scale, male bodysuit to fit a kid, you need a friend like Adrienne in your personal Justice League.”

See their amazing Big Barda and Black Canary costume photo gallery here.

#iamaheroicgirl Launch

With Anya and Stella as their heroic poster girls, the Heroic Girls team announced today that they are using this Halloween as an opportunity to inspire other girls to show their heroic sides.

So they’re calling all heroic girls to, “Share your heroic costumes on Twitter or Tumblr  with the hashtag #iamaheroicgirl, or post them to our Facebook page.”

They will post the best ones on the Heroic Girls site.

Anya as Big Barda


Big Barda is a heroine bred for battle on the hellish, dying planet Apokolips, where she became one of her world’s greatest warriors. She was the leader of the Female Furies, the elite security team of the mad New God Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips. Big Barda fell in love with a prisoner, the “world’s greatest escape artist,” Mr. Miracle (real name “Scott Free”) and escaped with him to Earth, where she served as member of the Justice League. Big Barda was created by comics legend Jack Kirby and first appeared in October 1971.

Costume Inspiration

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Stella as Black Canary

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Black Canary is one of the greatest martial artists in the world, who possesses a superhuman “canary cry” that can shatter concrete. She was the field commander of the Birds of Prey, an all-female superhero team written by Gail Simone. Black Canary is also a longtime member of the Justice League.

Costume Inspiration

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  • Rnprogressive

    First costume is great. Second costume too old for the child wearing it. Fishnets? really? why did you sexualize your daughter? She needs to know what is appropriate for someone her age, when she is 18 go for it if that is what she wants, but a child dressed like that, no. How many pedophiles have saved her pic so far?

    • Yes. Fishnets. Really.

      Your disdain only makes sense if the only purpose for fishnets was “to look sexy.” That’s simply not the case. The punk rock and goth scenes love the use of fishnets. The objective in those cases is not to look sexy — it’s to achieve a certain aesthetic that is popular in that group. Context is important.

      Black Canary is one of the very first female superheroes. She’s been around since the ’40s and fought Nazis alongside the Flash, Hawkman and others. Although she has been updated many times the one constant is that she wears fishnets.

      For Stella, fishnets have nothing to do with being “sexy,” a word she would have trouble defining. For her, it is part of a superhero costume. She is emulating Black Canary, a tough, capable hero who stops bad guys and protects her friends. She wears the costume to look tough, not sexual, and within the world of comic fandom — like the world of punk rock music — this is widely understood.

      My daughter knows what is appropriate for her age. She also knows the difference between a Halloween costume and everyday clothes. She is wearing more clothing that you would find at most dance recitals and many other little girl’s costumes, frankly.

      I refuse to put into her mind that she is somehow responsible for the acts of someone like a pedophile because of the clothes she wears. She cannot be blamed if a pedophile — or other critic — sexualizes the innocent play of a child.