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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is beloved by feminists across the U.S., in part because she’s a Black congresswoman in a white-male-dominated political world who isn’t afraid to call out politicians’ nonsense. Like when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delayed answering a question during a committee meeting about President Trump’s association with Russian banks, and Waters declared that she was “reclaiming my time” from him.
So to celebrate Waters’ feminist spirit, Black girls around the country decided to pay homage to the congresswoman for Halloween.
Over on Instagram, one woman’s post went viral after she shared photos of her niece dressed up as Waters for the day. Featuring oversized glasses, formal business attire, and a trick-or-treat pumpkin that reads “Reclaiming My Candy,” the photos were too adorable to miss. Waters’ miniature double quickly trended across Twitter, with Black women praising the girl and her for family being simultaneously on-point and hilarious.
My Child: Mama I wanna be a minion.— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) October 31, 2017
Me: You gonna be Maxine Waters. pic.twitter.com/zaT4VlkYOq
Another young girl went viral with a similar outfit, instead holding a “Reclaiming my time” sign. The internet equally agreed that she deserved plenty of candy.
Getting ready to bring some #blackgirlmagic to Boo at the Zoo! Carmen is channeling @repmaxinewaters today 💪🏾.Posted by Lindsay Poveromo Joly on Sunday, October 29, 2017
Others pointed out that the Maxine Waters outfits are a breath of fresh air during a day when racist costumes plague the news cycle and Trump’s latest faux pas reminds the world that a man who, at best, isn’t kind or aware is still president. Sometimes, nice things happen in America. Sometimes, young Black women get to reclaim their time and candy.
This is the most delightful thing I've seen today #ReclaimingMyCandy— J O'Hara (@specklight) November 1, 2017
This gave me a genuine laugh on a grim day in NYC. Thank you.— BabetteO (@BabetteO) October 31, 2017
I hope @RepMaxineWaters loves this as much as I do— Rani Molla (@ranimolla) November 1, 2017
Whoever this child belongs too. She is just precious.— Susan Gibson (@Sammysgranny) November 1, 2017
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.