She fights for truth, fairness and chorizo burgers.
Her drink cup wristbands may not stop bullets, but she can nonetheless defend the world (or Texas, at least) against the threat of curly fries.
She is — Whatawoman!
Well, her real name is Renee Fujii, and she is taking social media by storm and drawing stares of affection on the streets of Fort Worth with a Halloween costume that pays tribute to Whataburger, her favorite fast food restaurant.
Fujii combined the crime-fighting spirit of Wonderwoman and the deliciousness of the famous, Texas-based hamburger chain.
“It definitely took a little planning,” said Fujii, a west Fort Worth resident and recruiting manager for Redfin, a residential real estate brokerage. “I definitely made lots of trips to Whataburger, and I asked them for extra cups, plastic bags and apple pie containers.”
The timing couldn’t have been better, with the Wonderwoman movie being a smash hit in theaters this year, and with the ever-popular Whataburger restaurant locked in a no-holds-barred battle with other joints such as California-based In-N-Out Burger for fast food supremacy in the Lone Star State.
Fujii said she got the idea for the costume during the summer, when she was visiting her father and uncle. At the time, she was wearing a Wonderwoman T-shirt, and her dad mistakenly thought it was a Whataburger shirt.
“I corrected him and said it’s a Wonderwoman shirt. My uncle said, ‘You mean Whatawoman!’ It cracked me up, and gave me the idea,” she said.
The costume is entirely homemade. The boots are from Goodwill, and painted Whataburger orange. Large drink cups from a Fort Worth Whataburger restaurant serve as her legging armor.
Her wrist bands are foam coffee cups.
The tiara on her forehead is a re-purposed apple pie container.
The skirt is a tennis skirt with french fry and chicken strip containers glued to them.
Her shield is made from a platter found at Goodwill, and a Whataburger plastic to-go bag.
On Sunday, Fujii visited Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, where she posed for photographs along the miniature railroad tracks — and, perhaps not surprisingly, drew lots of attention from passers-by.
“People were stopping. This one woman wanted to take selfies with her,” said husband Kevin Fujii, a former Star-Telegram photographer who now works at JPS and took the pictures.
“This is all Renee,” he said. “She just did it all on her own. She’s just crazy creative with costumes.”
The couple returned to North Texas late last year after living in Seattle, where they really missed Whataburger, which is mostly based in Texas and surrounding states.
Renee Fujii says she likes the restaurant’s biscuits and gravy and taquitos for breakfast. The rest of the day, she likes a Whataburger with cheese, letttuce, mustard and mayo and fries with ketchup.
She also likes the chicken strips.