For her first SFX Magazine column, Bonnie Burton looked at how cosplay at fan conventions differs for women, and somehow discussion with her three interviews kept whirling through one big question:
Why Slave Leia?
* Bonnie Burton – senior and online convent developer at the official Star Wars blog (http://starwarsblog.starwars.com). Her personal blog appears at http://grrl.com. She has written a number of books. Her latest is the Star Wars Craft Book.
Cosplay for Adrianne Curry (The Tester judge; first winner of America’s Next Top Model) includes dressing up as The Fifth Element‘s Leeloo and Watchmen‘s Silk Spectre; Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (G4TV’s Next Woman of the Web champ) is partial to G.I. Joe’s Baroness; Victoria Schmidt does Tinkerbell and an array of Star Wars characters. They cosplay other characters as well, and they’ve all donned Slave Leia brass biknis before.
by Bonnie: When Slave Leia choked Jabba the Hutt to death, I doubt she was second-guessing her commitment to feminism. As Wonder Woman lassoed the bad guys, she didn’t stop to ponder if the other girls were judging her legs. So why should the women who dress up as these characters be treated any differently? At every convention I go to… (go to full article)
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