Harper Yeats is only 5 months old but she’s already about to break a world record. She has been traveling with her parents, Cindy Lim and Tristan Yeats, throughout the United States since she was born in June. Although the couple is originally from Australia, they’ve been living in Canada for the past few years. Their hobby of traveling to different regions in America turned into a passion when Harper was born, and eventually, they joined the All 50 States Club.
When Cindy went on maternity leave, she, her husband, and Harper packed their bags and headed towards Maine in search of adventure. Their original plan was to visit a small portion of the states with Harper, but when they discovered the youngest person to visit all 50 states was two-years-old, they were determined to break that world record with the help of their infant daughter.
“Why not go to all 50 states? It was just our plan to do it together and have fun…” Cindy told CBS. The doting parents have been documenting their visits by uploading pictures on Instagram of Harper posing next to state signs and national landmarks. Her heart-melting smile inevitably attracted thousands of followers.
Tristan and Cindy can’t wait to share the photos they take of Harper once she is older, but meanwhile, they have noticed that the experience is positively shaping her personality as she grows, even though she’s only a two-month-old baby. “She wakes up every morning happy and smiling,” Harper’s mother said. “I like to think it’s impacting who she will become.”
In only a week, the family will arrive in Vermont, which is the very last state on their list before they’ve reached all fifty states. Once they return home, the parents will begin the process of submitting their daughter’s story with its evidence to the Guinness World Records, which will make Harper an official record holder.
Now that’s what we call a great start to life!
45 Questionable Movie Costumes Finally Explained
Aladdin – Aladdin & Jasmine
To change iconic costumes that millions of people grew up with is a brave decision. Unfortunately, many of the Disney live-action movies have taken this route, and the Aladdin movie was no different. The costume designers decide to put a little more clothes on each of the main characters. That would mean Aladdin would not just be running around Agrabah with a vest and no shirt, and Jasmine would cover up her midriff. The costume designers simply said it would just be more appropriate for the 2019 film.
Green Lantern – Green Lantern
There is a lot to be spoken about when it comes to controversy in the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film. One of the biggest issues was with the justice-seeking hero’s costume. The team that directed and designed this film opted to go full CGI for the costume, and it was very obvious from the moment the Lantern was seen on-screen. Ryan Reynolds has even discussed this, saying he hated wearing the bodysuit that made this costume so infamous. The filmmakers wanted to try something innovative and unique but later realized they may have made a mistake.
Joker – Joker
Reimaging an iconic character is hard, and when it has been done several times, that makes it even harder. That is what the costume designers working on the 2019 film, Joker, ran into. Needless to say, their choices were very controversial for the comic book fans who flock to these films. The loss of the purple and green combination set some people’s hair on fire. But the designer wanted to set this version apart from the rest and give it a 1970s feel.
X-Men: Apocalypse – Psylocke
Comic book fans weren’t shocked by this next costume, but those who had only been introduced to the X-Men through the movies were. In X-Men: Apocalypse, the world was introduced to some new mutants, and one of these was the strong and scantily clad Psylocke. Many people felt that this costume was just a bit too provocative. The actress who played the character, Olivia Munn, spoke out in defense of the costume, though, basically saying it doesn’t matter what she wears because she is still a strong and powerful woman.
Fifth Element – Leeloo
The cult classic, Fifth Element, was full of outlandish costumes and cinematic shots. One thing stood out to the crowd, though – that famous bandage bikini that was worn by Milla Jovovich at the beginning of the film. Many people felt like it showed just a bit too much of Jovovich. However, the actress herself didn’t mind. She just treated it like she was wearing a bikini and went about delivering perhaps the best performance of her whole career.
Tropic Thunder – Kirk Lazarus
Many thought the days of offensive casting were done, but Ben Stiller brought the world Tropic Thunder. The casting of Robert Downey Jr. as an actor that plays an African-American actor by wearing face paint was the height of the controversy. Not since Mickey Rooney had there been such a tone-deaf casting decision. The movie hadn’t intended to offend, but rather make a statement in criticism of Hollywood and the idea of method acting.
X-Men: First Class – Mystique
Jennifer Lawrence had to endure hours of make-up for her role as Mystique in the X-Men films. However, if the filmmakers had stuck to the original costume this may not have been necessary. In the comic books, Mystique has had many costumes, perhaps the most famous is a white dress with a slit up the sides. However, in the movie, the designers opted to have her naked. The reason is that Mystique is proud of her mutant form and doesn’t care who knows it. Eventually, Mystique did put some clothes on, but not until X-Men: Apocalypse.
Batman & Robin – Batman
Batman has gone through many incarnations, but the one where George Clooney wore the suit has been the most controversial. It was not so much about Clooney as it was the suit he donned in Batman & Robin. Possibly the most reviled movie in the Batman cosmos, this movie was filled with bad dialogue and wacky set design. However, it was the nipples on the costume that caused some to gasp in shock. Joel Schumacher, the director, said the addition of the bat-nips was intended to mimic the statues of Greek gods that show the human form in its perfect image. The decision didn’t translate well, and people still talk about it to this day.
Suicide Squad – Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn has been an iconic part of the Batman universe for decades. Thus, when Suicide Squad was announced and she was one of the characters, comic book fans rejoiced. However, when the costume was released, the controversy flame was lit. Not only was the character not donning her iconic jester costume, but the one designed seemed a bit revealing. The designers came out and said that the choices were all made about the character’s personality. Margot Robbie herself said that she didn’t like wearing the costume, as it made her a little self-conscious.
X-Men – Quicksilver
This character made appearances in both Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Fox versions of the X-Men movies. While Marvel opted to stick with a more traditional look, the filmmakers of the other series wanted to give the character a little different look. With a more retro vibe and silver hair, most comic book fans were outraged with the ridiculousness of the costume design. However, the director was vindicated when the rest of the fandom fell in love with this look.
Pitch Perfect 3 – Fat Amy
The Bellas of Pitch Perfect certainly captured the hearts of the public with their fun, musical trilogy. When Rebel Wilson released images of her and several castmates, a storm of controversy arose. The costume was far less revealing on Wilson, and many felt it was a form of body discrimination, as Wilson is by far the curviest of the Bellas. The costume designer quickly spoke up and let the world know there were two costumes, and each actress chose the one they wanted to wear.
Nocturnal Animals – Sage Ross
In the 2016 thriller, Nocturnal Animals, Jena Malone put on quite a unique costume to portray the museum curator, Sage Ross. Many people felt that it was more of an art piece than some of the actual art pieces that were filmed in the background. However, director Tom Ford, who is also a famous designer, pushed back. He stated that this was a valid choice, as it would take someone in love with art to strut their stuff in a runway piece. That’s why he chose an outlandish outfit for her character.
The Seven Year Itch – The Girl
The image is iconic, right? Marilyn Monroe over a subway grate in that white dress. This scene, which was filmed in 1955, also stirred up a little controversy, especially with Monroe’s then-husband, Joe DiMaggio. Filmed on a working city street and surrounded by photographers, Monroe allowed her dress to blow up before quickly helping it back down. Reportedly, this very risque scene may have been the thing that ended this already rocky marriage.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Padma & Parvati Patil
The Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was beautiful. The Hogwarts kids all dressed up in lavish dresses and suits. But wait a minute, two characters didn’t seem to get the same royal treatment. Harry and Ron took the Patil sisters to the ball. And the girls’ costumes didn’t seem as fancy as the rest of the students. In fact, many complained that the costumes worn were ones that could be seen as everyday attire for Indian women. The designers came out and said this wasn’t any kind of statement, but rather an attempt to put more of a focus on the gown worn by Hermione.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – Wasp
Yet another superhero costume mishap was the one designed and worn in the Marvel blockbuster, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Wasp’s costume in the movie was way less bright and colorful than the original that was drawn by Jack Kirby. That was the first issue, but the designers said that, in the end, functionality won out over creating a costume that would stand up to comic book enthusiasts’ scrutiny. The actress tried on over 30 different variations of the costume, and the filmmakers went with the one that moved the best with her and allowed her to breathe.
Thor – Loki
After being released in 2011, Thor entered the halls of blockbusters along with the rest of the MCU movies. One character, Loki, found a devout following, but his costume was met with a little criticism, as it seemed that it did not quite fit the actor. In fact, it seemed to be a little snug in the crotch. This not only drew the focus of audiences watching, but was also fodder for on-set jokes and ribbing. The costume designers decided that they need to fix this and went with a new costume in the following movies.
Brave – Merida
Finally, little girls everywhere were treated to a princess who wasn’t a damsel in distress. Merida was not designed to portray the standard form of Disney beauty the populace was used to. In fact, parents enjoyed the fact that the young Scottish princess was strong, able to take care of herself, and spoke her mind. However, when a 2D drawing of Merida was released and it looked like she had a makeover, people were up in arms. Disney responded by saying that this was an example image of her dressed up to be inaugurated as the eleventh Disney princess.
Cleopatra – Cleopatra
Back in the early years of film, it wasn’t normal for the leading lady to be half-naked. However, in the 1917 version of Cleopatra, way more than a little ankle was shown. Portrayed by the actress Theda Bara, the costumes of this epic were skimpy even for today’s standards. The designers didn’t fret, though, as the costumes were intended to be as accurate as possible in regards to the time period that the movie was taking place in. For authenticity’s sake, the costume designers took the heat from the public and movie critics alike.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Deadpool
Deadpool has become a well-known and loved character thanks to the success of both of the character’s films. This wasn’t the first time the audience met the joking assassin, though. His appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine might be a moment many want to forget, but he was there. It may be hard to remember because he wasn’t wearing a suit and he couldn’t speak. The director would later admit this was a big mistake. He added that the studio felt that it would be hard to keep the PG-13 rating if they let the character talk.
Captain Marvel – Captain Marvel
Many people had been waiting for Captain Marvel to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, she is one of the most powerful superheroes, but when Brie Larson was shown in a green costume, fans made their voices heard. Eventually, the character would also wear the classic blue, red, and gold costume. The filmmakers were quick to release an explanation of the green one seen in behind-the-scenes photos. In the comics, the character was actually first in a green costume like the one seen, and then switched colors later.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Mr. Yunioshi
Old movies are rife with offensive casting and costumes, so as you begin watching those classics again, you may begin to see a pattern. One of the most offensive costumes and castings was in the iconic Audrey Hepburn movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Mickey Rooney’s casting as the Asian character, Mr. Yunioshi, wasn’t the only serious miscalculation. The costume itself was very stereotypical. At the time, there weren’t a lot of ruckuses caused, but when we look back at it, there was something very controversial about this.
Twilight: Eclipse – Bella
This franchise is well-known for using tons of bad wigs, but the one that Kristen Stewart wore in Twilight: Eclipse takes the cake. The actress had recently filmed a movie based on the lives of the iconic, all-female punk band, The Runaways, and chose to cut her hair for the role. Unfortunately, that meant the costume designer of Twilight needed to come up with a wig for her. They chose poorly, because the wig was easily noticed and did not look the greatest, either.
The X-Men (2000) – The X-Men
Many of the most controversial costumes have their roots in the comic book community, and one of the most serious offenses was the costumes of the 2000 movie, X-Men. In the comic book and the 90’s animated series, the X-Men fly around the world saving people and mutants in a blue and yellow uniform. However, in the movie, Bryan Singer opted to go with an all-black uniform, which enraged many devout fans. He explained it was intended to keep the team inconspicuous.
Watchmen – Ozymandias
Of all the superhero movies, Watchmen did the best at staying true to the source material, except for one key character… Ozymandias. The movie opted to adjust this character’s costume from the purple cloth and jewelry of the original and go with a more modern superhero movie look. The suit was molded with muscles (and nipples, like the Batman costume discussed above). Zack Snyder appreciated that the look was more in line with the character’s personality and shrugged off the criticism.
Avengers – Captain America
In Captain America: The First Avenger, the designers did a great job giving the moviegoers a good traditional costume. However, when it came to the actual Avengers movie, the costume had changed and had gone a little over the top. The colors were too bright, and the mask was part of the costume instead of being a separate piece. This made the costume look cheesy. The designers explained that they wanted to give the audience a more traditional superhero costume. Clearly, that didn’t work, and in the following movies, they went for a more subdued look.
X-Men: First Class – Emma Frost
It seems like the costume designers of the X-Men movies just couldn’t get the costumes right, as the next costume comes from this film franchise, as well. In X-Men: First Class, Emma Frost, played by January Jones, wore some oversexualized costumes. If it wasn’t a low cut top, it was lingerie. In this film, Moira MacTaggert was also fitted with a very racy costume. One of the writers said later that there were a lot of scenes cut that would have commented on this aspect of the movie. However, they were cut from the film for time and continuity.
Catwoman – Catwoman
Catwoman getting her own movie was controversial enough, but then audiences got a look at the costume and it became even more controversial. Fans expected the traditional catsuit that they had known and been used to from the beginning. Thus, most were disappointed when they got a look at the strappy, leather number with ripped up pants that Halle Berry donned in her version of Catwoman. It would be years before this miscalculation would be fixed. And this role would go down as one of Halle Berry’s biggest mistakes.
Tarzan and His Mate – Jane
In 1934, when Tarzan and His Mate was released, there was quite a bit of controversy with the costume. It was not about the costume worn by Tarzan as he swung through the jungle with practically nothing to cover himself. Rather the controversy was with Jane’s costume. Maureen O’Sullivan was seen on the silver screen wearing a very revealing skirt and top. However, it would later be found out that this was the less revealing of the two costumes proposed. In fact, the original costume was her naked with well-placed props to cover the important bits.
Django Unchained – Django
Most people enjoyed Tarantino’s take on the spaghetti western. Django Unchained was a critical success, but one part of the main character’s look garnered a little unwanted attention. Django wore some fly shades with shade lenses and gold rims. The problem is that they weren’t accurate to the time period. Not being hyper-realistic is something Tarantino is known for, so the controversy died out as quickly as it had begun.
Pirates of the Caribbean – The Redcoats
Everyone loves following the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. However, there was a bit of a snafu in the costume design when it comes to the uniforms used by the British Soldiers. They were seen in the very well-known red coats, but that uniform wasn’t put into rotation until the late 1700s. Since the movie takes place in the early 1700s, this is not quite accurate, but that’s okay, the movie was still fun.
Man of Steel – Superman
With the resurrection of Superman in Man of Steel, the character took on a little darker vibe. This meant that the costume designers would make a few unexpected tweaks to the iconic costume. These changes, like muting the colors and doing away with the underwear, left some fans a little upset. The filmmakers made these changes to be cohesive with the new image and to stir up a little controversy, too.
Daredevil – Daredevil
In 2003, Marvel released Daredevil, and the title character was played by Ben Affleck, to some comic book fans dismay. Though the costume designers tried to keep the costume true to its origins, they opted to use a material that would not do the design justice. Choosing to make an entirely leather suit made the costume look fake. That, combined with the poor casting and a bad script would make this movie a bit of a flop. Years later, Netflix would tackle the blind superhero and do a much better job all around.
Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman
Another much anticipated comic book hero was Wonder Woman. For years, there had been a rumor that the movie was in the works, but once the role was cast, it was a certainty. Unfortunately, the first appearance of the Amazon Princess was not all that most fans had hoped for. Though the action was good and the feel was right, the costume lacked something… color. When asked, the costume designers said they wanted something strong and impactful that would set her on par with the rest of the heroes in Batman V. Superman.
Inception – The Whole Cast
Not so much controversial as overlooked are the costumes in the incredibly trippy and intricate movie, Inception. With so much going on and the need for intense concentration, many people missed the specifically chosen costumes. Each one was chosen by the design team for the individual character. Each was designed to highlight the character’s personality, and some even had hidden clues in them to help the viewers understand what was going on. However, with so much going on, these choices were lost.
Return of the Jedi – Princess Leia
The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most pivotal movie franchises for over four decades. Few films are as iconic as the original three movies, and in Return of the Jedi, one of the characters had a bit of a controversial costume. The feisty and independent Princess Leia would sport a golden bikini that would ignite a little controversy. In fact, many feminists felt that this was a demeaning choice in light of the fact that she was the main female character. The costume was chosen by George Lucas himself and was chosen off of pure aesthetics.
Spider-Man – Green Goblin
Willem Dafoe is one of the best actors to ever grace the silver screen in many people’s opinion. Thus, when he was cast as the menacing Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man comic book, fans were thrilled. The character’s metamorphosis into the villain was well done, and the bad guy looked pretty cool in the armor. However, the costume still got a lot of flack. It was just too different from the original concept. Later, Raimi would talk about testing out several options, including a CGI one that looked more like the original costume. Ultimately, he decided that the armor was the way to go.
Cinderella – Cinderella
One of the first live-action editions of the Disney classics, Cinderella got some flack when it came to the costumes. Many viewers and critics slammed the film for artificially slimming the waist of Lily James in post. The filmmakers quickly snapped back and let everyone know there was no CGI. They said that Lily simply had a very slim waist after going on a liquid diet. This, combined with the use of a corset, made the actress’s waist look very, very thin.
Sucker Punch – The Entire Cast
Every director and writer has a vanity project. This is the one that they have dreamed about making since they were a kid. For Zack Snyder, many feel that this is how Sucker Punch came about. This film suffers from everything, from a poor and unstructured script to poor effects. Many found the costumes of the young women in this film both unnecessary and a little on the objectification side of things. Snyder would push back by saying the movie is less about the costumes and more about the imagination of the young women who dream of being able to do anything they want.
Justice League – The Amazons
Wonder Woman was a tour de force when it came to female empowerment, and a big part of that was the Amazons. Unfortunately, the costumes changed a little when it came time to film Justice League. It seems they got skimpier and less efficient when it came to combat. The filmmakers, though, defend their choice by saying the costumes from Wonder Woman to Justice League were simply different because it was a different time.
The Shape of Water – The Creature
Everything about this Academy Award-winning film was spectacular, with the exception, of course, of the creature’s costume. Played by the incomparable Doug Jones, the Amphibian Man’s costume was described as strange and ridiculous. Director Guillermo del Toro explained that the costume was an attempt to create a version of Michelangelo’s David in amphibian form. Though this attempt may have fallen a bit flat with viewers, the movie certainly didn’t.
Judge Dredd – Judge Dredd
The 1995 version of Judge Dredd was not a Hollywood blockbuster for many reasons. The casting, script, and direction may have been some of the main reasons. For fans of the comic book, though, the costumes and inability of the film to stick to the lore of the original book may have been the most controversial thing about this film. Judge Dredd never takes off his helmet in the comic book, but in the film, the helmet quickly came off. This may have been at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who played the main character, as he demanded several changes. That includes the costume itself.
Attack of the Clones – Padmé Amidala
Another controversial choice for a costume in the Star Wars franchise, the prequels had Natalie Portman’s character wearing a tight-fitting white costume. This costume would just so happen to get ripped which left Padmé with an exposed midriff for most of the movie. People found it tragic that, years after the original created controversy by placing their sole female character in that gold bikini, the filmmakers would make the same mistake.
One Million Years B.C. – Loana
This movie is a cult classic and might be most remembered for the unique and very revealing costume worn by Raquel Welch. The fur bikini may have put this actress on the map, and was unique because the rest of the cavewomen in the film were dressed in costumes that were not as sexy. The difference in the costume stirred up a little dust. But in the end, it was the thing that made this movie so popular and the thing that sold tons of merchandise.
Jumanji – Martha
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the 2017 sequel to the classic Jumanji, was a big hit in the theaters. One thing that was not as big of a hit, though, was the costume worn by Martha, played by actress Karen Gillan. When people peeped the first stills, there was a lot of outrage. However, the actress and the filmmakers said that there was a good reason for the lack of clothing in the costume. In the end, this ends up being a statement and conversation starter about how women are oversexualized in video games.
Jurassic World – Claire
The reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise was epic, and one of the costume choices was especially controversial. The character played by Bryce Dallas Howard chose to remain in heels throughout the movie, as she fled from giant dinosaurs. The character is an executive, but when it came to running for her life, many felt she should have lost the heels. However, the actress and the filmmakers said that the choices had to do solely with what the character would have done.