Self-Rescuing Princess

 

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General Leia Organa-Skywalker-Solo: The original self-rescuing princess. Rebel. Warrior. Sass-mouthing, smuggler-infuriating, Jedi-saving, Ewok-whispering, Wookie-kissing, boyfriend-rescuing, original badass and proof that elaborate space royalty hairstyles are probably genetic.

I have always loved Leia. I remember being really little and trying to do my hair like hers and learning early on that movie hair is a lie. She was the first character I didn’t have to argue to be when I would play Star Wars with the boys in my neighborhood (The fight to be Indiana Jones got ugly real quick) and my desire to be her hasn’t really faded now that I’ve reached adult(ish)hood.

The older I get, the more I appreciate more of the deeper aspects of Leia. Where my six year old self was just excited see a girl use a blaster and wear amazing outfits and be all cool and brave, my adult self sees so much value in manufacturing my own rescues, standing firm and making sacrifices for something I believe in and also taking time to be soft and allow for love and friendship.

Leia has also had many iconic looks and outfits, but the one I chose to get casual with this week really spoke to me as being important because of something Carrie Fisher said about it. It has next to nothing to do with the fact that I’ll probably never be able to work a head to toe brilliant white outfit without some sort of stain disaster befalling the clothes.

Carrie Fisher at one point after the release of Return of the Jedi was confronted about that iconic metal bikini. The conversation was essentially dragging her for being such a positive role model to young girls up until this point. She was asked how people were supposed to explain the outfit still made her a strong character to their daughters. Carrie’s response was perfect.

“Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him.”

Granted, murder isn’t exactly the best way to get where you want to go in life, but the attitude that no one gets to hurt and humiliate you while you stay quiet about it is. In her situation, Leia didn’t have a great many options, but she still didn’t let anyone get away with enslaving her. I’m not saying that this outfit is the new feminist icon outfit or anything, but to me, it still shows how tough Leia has always been and how far she was willing to go in order to not wait around for someone else to come along and rescue her.

I decided to make this controversial outfit a little more comfortable by starting with the base of a green tank top and a pair of stretchy red skinny jeans. In the film, I think her skirt might be purple and the top is definitely a gold metal, but every costume recreation puts green fabric in the top and the skirt is always red, so I went that direction.

In the film, she wears stylized green boots. Since I don’t have those and can’t really think of an occasion that would warrant purchasing a pair, I substituted some grey suede heeled boots instead

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In order to bring out the metallic features of the original outfit, I used an assortment of goldish jewelry and long necklaces to substitute in for the little bit of chain she has left around her neck after escaping.

 

I realize that not all environments or climates allow for bare arms like I have here, so I also did an alternative option featuring a very neutral colored duster sweater. I thought the light and flowy nature of the sweater would be a nice stand-in for the original skirt featured in the movies.

Even Leia isn’t immune to Rancor attacks.

I hope you enjoyed my homage to the original badass princess! Since she has several more iconic outfits, Leia may pop back up again in later posts! Always feel free to share your own looks with me as well as inbox me with any questions, comments, suggestions or feedback you may have. Check back next Tuesday for the last week of Star Wars month! After the last post for this month, I will be announcing the theme for next month on Thursday, May 31st, so check back to see what’s on the roster for June!

 

Thanks for the read!

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