Geek Life: Slave Leia is Dead (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2011

 

The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life says goodbye to the Slave Leias.
 

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

 
From the first time we saw her, we were in love. Many of us didn’t know what love was at the time, but it happened, regardless. Carrie Fisher dressed as a slave in Jabba the Hutt’s palace set the world on fire. In 1983, this was fine. There weren’t action figures of Carrie dressed like this. Nor were there girls (and a few guys, yuck) dressed like this at every comic book and Sci-Fi convention. Don’t me get wrong, I loved the Slave Leia outfit and do every time I watch Return of the Jedi. However, if I see it at one more Con I will probably freak. It is time for lady cosplayers (and that occasional dude Slave Leia) to start anew. It was fine for a while and still perfectly acceptable for the boudoir. Just for Frak’s sake, keep it there.
 
History:

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

According to Wookiepedia, “the costume was worn by actress Carrie Fisher and stuntwoman Tracy Eddon (pictured above) and was created by costumer designers Aggie Guerard Rodgers and Nilo Rodis-Jamero who were inspired by the works of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta's Egyptian Queen. Star Wars creator George Lucas requested the costume in part based on Fisher's complaints about the lack of interesting costumes in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back”.
 
The Geek Life Reasoning:

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

Before I start receiving the inevitable pummeling from the geek community, I wanted to state my case. While watching this season of The Guild, Tinkerbella (Amy Okuda) dressed as Slave Leia for a Con (Season 5 ep. 4). One of the attendees mocked her and said that Slave Leia “was so over”. To Felicia Day (writer and creator), I have heard you and couldn’t agree more. At numerous Cons, I’ve seen many Slave Leias here and there. Many of these are best not remembered. This is certainly not a knock on those ladies; it takes balls to wear that outfit. It’s just that many of them can’t pull it off. It was fun to see Jennifer Aniston on Friends in the outfit (though the hair was completely wrong). However, when the likes of G4’s Olivia Munn and reality star Adrianne Curry start to use the outfit to promote themselves and their shows, it got tired. For this Geek it was truly over since two San Diego Comic Cons ago. Gentle Giant Ltd used Slave Leias to promote both 2009 and 2010 items at their booth. This year they even ran a story on two of the Slave Leias for Entertainment Weekly. Slave Leia is supposed to be fun. Slave Leia is supposed to sexy. Slave Leia is not supposed to be a marketing tool.
 
Who’s Next?

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

So where do the Cosplay girls, not boys (again eww), go from here? I am all for originality. I am even for variations on Slave Leia. It is just time to start fresh and attack your cosplaying aspirations from a different angle. What is the next Slave Leia? As a card carrying Geek, ladies, I have a few suggestions:
 
Power Girl:

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

Power Girl (created by Gerry Conway and artists Ric Estrada and Wally Wood) is a DC Comics heroine. She is without a doubt perfect for cosplaying. It just takes certain assets to be Kal-El’s cousin Karra. She is always a crowd pleaser and always draws attention.
 
Ms. Marvel:

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

Ms. Marvel (created by Roy Thomas and designed by artist Gene Colan for Marvel Comics) is another character that is becoming increasingly popular in the cosplaying community. Like Power Girl, you can’t hide in layers or even a cape. This is a daring outfit.
 
Be Original:

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

Though both of the ladies above have been done already, they too will grow tired. Leia and or Slave Leia are not completely dead. There are other outfits, other renditions. Notice the Trill type “Evil Slave Leia” above. As a photographer, Bespin Leia (above) stopped me in my tracks at a Star Wars Weekend in Disney World. It was simple, elegant and perfect. My entire point is to reach out to your creative side and do something different. An original character of your own design is great, but not really what cosplaying is all about. Take a cue from these ladies below and I’ll be looking for you at the next Con.
 

Cosplaying as Slave Leia is Outtdated

 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.
 


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