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Geek Life: Slave Leia is Dead

Start anew Cosplayers

By Robert T. Trate     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.

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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karas1 11/2/2011 6:30:08 AM

Every time I see Power Girl I want to had the poor girl a robe.  Not for the peek a boo breasts, but for the way the bottom of her costume is cut.  There is just too much hip and crotch shown.

monkeyfoot 11/2/2011 6:59:26 AM

Robert, I understand your reasoning but your plea will fall on deaf ears. Slave Leia is now an iconic costume both inside and outside the geek community. It is embossed in pop culture and the minds of budding adolescents forever. You might just as well say no more Superman, Batman, Joker, or Wolverine costumes. The good and the bad scantily clad Jabba Accessory will live forever.

Wiseguy 11/2/2011 7:04:50 AM

For some reason I hate Olivia Munn, when I saw her in the outfit it made me hate her more.

I agree that using Slave Leia as a marketing tool is weak and by now they should realize that it's a tired gimmick. I like the suggestions on top, I'd add Neytiri, Black Canary, SpiderWoman, oh heck it's dozens of them I could mention. I just think some of these girls have a very limited knowledge of the genre and as daring as it is to dress up as Slave Leia it is still a safe bet.

And as revealing as the costume is it's no more so than most bathing suits while some of the others suggested leave you with no way of hiding any flaws. And you know how mean some of us can be criticizing these girls some times


Tashiro 11/2/2011 7:17:14 AM

 Am I the only guy in the world who never, ever had any interest in Slave Leia?  I was about seventeen or so when I saw Return of the Jedi, I was 'meh', then, and I'm still 'meh', now.  It just isn't that interesting for me.

Other ideas for good cosplay include Black Canary, Zatanna, Kitty Pryde (as Shadow Cat), and Dark Phoenix.  :)  Mind, my wife looks like Kitty Pryde, so there's some bias there.  ;)

EagleManiac 11/2/2011 7:31:46 AM

Sorry, Ol' Wise One, but I have to disagree about Olivia! She's frakkin' HOT and funny as hell!

But, as to this whole 'Slave Leia' debate, my 2 cents is this: Carrie Fisher was a babe back then, and that outfit proved she had one helluva rockin' body! Should there be those who mimic her outfit at Sci-Fi conventions? Only if they have the face and body to pull it off.....otherwise, NO! And especially NO to MEN wearing that costume....WTF?!??!? That is SO wrong!

jedibanner 11/2/2011 7:32:10 AM

yes Tashiro...your the only guy in the world.

interesting column Robert...not sure I agree or disagree but the idea to have variaty is a welcomed one. is there such a thing as too much of the same character? One could say the same thing about comics where you have too much of the same character in many books ala Wolverine or Spider-Man or batman and Superman. But as far as costume...not sure it applies.

But Karas1, you do make a somewhat point that the costume of Power girl or any in those line kind of show a bit too much from time to time and there were times I was almost ashame to be a man to see all the overweight guys taking pictures like a Paparazzi as if they wanted so much pictures to bring home. The idea of dressing up is always fun but it's like halloween, sometimes if you show too much, maybe it's a costume that should stay at home with your hubby and not at a Con.

That Ms. Marvel on the left has got to be the best one I've seen in years though.

Wiseguy 11/2/2011 8:25:05 AM

Btw the best Power Girl I've seen to date is the one fatpantz uses as his avatar, that chick has the assets for the part no question about it.

Darkknight2280 11/2/2011 8:43:56 AM

KARAS1 spoken like a true woman! lol Dont think any guys are complaining about too much hip or crotch for that Although The uptop is what im most interested in! ;)

I dont go to big comic cons, dont have many here in ohio; except the Mid-Ohio Con. But its not huge. I see slave leia's alot at all the Star Wars Cons i go to. Got a hug and kiss from Adrian Curry (Pictured above to the left of Olivia Munn) while she was in  hers @ Celebration V in orlando last year. I dont mind them at all. I just think if you are tired of something in a genre then you arent a true fan boy. Let people dress hwo they want and quit bitching about

Beardeer 11/2/2011 9:44:50 AM

Slave Leia remains wonderous, it's not just a look -it's an idea.

Denying Slave Leia, Green Dancing Girl, or Elvira Mistress of the Dark seems to be the the role of sci-fi denuders and appologists.

Don't deny what come natural

Higgy 11/2/2011 10:46:49 AM

No jedibanner....Tashiro is not the only guy in the world that doesn't like it.  I hate it...and I hate it more that everyone thinks it's so hot.  First, Carrie Fisher is ok looking...nothing more.  Second, that outfit sucks.  I've always thought so.

On the other hand, I will take that Ms. Marvel on the left ANY time!  She is SMOKIN!

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