Wendy Ewing




The model and I chose to put a futuristic, modern spin on Star Wars' Princess Leia to keep her up with the times.

One of the more popular Star Wars characters, Leia has been called a 1980s icon, a feminist hero, and a model for other adventure heroines. She has appeared in many derivative works and merchandising, and has been referenced or parodied in several TV shows and films. Her 'cinnamon buns' hairstyle from Star Wars (1977) and metal bikini from Return of the Jedi have become cultural icons.

"The female figures who feature prominently in the Star Wars franchise share a common thread: they’re gutsy, witty and confident – not bad role models, then. And a host of other films have been inspired by their legacy." - Karen Krizanovich

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues the tradition established in 1977’s A New Hope by featuring a strong female character at its heart.

Star Wars’ women are tough and capable. Look past the spaceships and exploding planets and you’ll find three generations of iconic kick-ass female characters who play just as tough as the boys.

First up, there’s Princess Leia. No flirt or mother figure, she’s bossy, strong and snarky. Unlike other princesses, Leia doesn’t wait to be rescued by a handsome prince. She may seem like a damsel in distress, but she is never helpless.

“Her evolution from princess to general is part of her life experience, but she’s always going to be Leia.” - JJ Abrams

Actress Carrie Fisher was known as a feminist, and we are sure her role as Princess Leia played a role in this.

"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow." - Carrie Fisher


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