12 Most You Go Girl Aspects About Princess Leia
The plate-sized buns on each side of her head don’t really play up her beauty. And that white, um… gown? Well, these days the folks on What Not to Wear would have a grand time getting her into something more flattering.
Yet, Princess Leia rocks. She was adored by girls in the late 1970’s. (I know that, personally…) And her character presents — even today — aspects that can inspire girls everywhere.
Here are the top dozen, accompanied by short descriptions or quotes from her.
1. She is fiesty
This is one of my favorite examples, when she bickers with Han Solo:
Han Solo: “No time to discuss this as a committee.”
Princess Leia: “I am not a committee!”
2. She is determined
Leia withstood torture, when captured by Rebels and imprisoned on the Death Star, and still didn’t reveal crucial details the Imperials demanded.
3. She is a diplomat
She went on many diplomatic missions and also convinced groups, like the Eewoks, to help the Rebels.
4. She fights for what’s right
Because of her brave persistence, the Death Star was destroyed.
5. She’s ambitious
Princess Leia became the youngest member of the Imperial Senate.
6. She’s not afraid to seek, and use, power
Even as Luke, Chewbacca and Han Solo are rescuing her when she was imprisoned on the Death Star, she snaps at Han: “I don’t know who you are or where you came from, but from now on you’ll do as I tell you. Okay?”
7. She’s fearless
When she, Luke and Han Solo have no way out as they try to escape, she shoots a way into a garbage chute, and says: “Well somebody has to save our skins.”
8. She’s funny and delivers some fabulous one-liners
Like this one, to Han Solo: “This bucket of bolts is never gonna get us past that blockade.”
9. She’s a leader
Princess Leia was a leader in the Alliance to restore the Republic and in other command roles, as well.
10. She’s direct
As in this exchange:
C-3PO: “But Sir. The odds of successfully surviving an attack on an Imperial Star Destroyer are approximately…”
Leia: “Shut up.”
11. She loves
And, eventually, declares her feelings to Han Solo.
12. She’s a girl who shows many sides
She wears gowns and robes and has the overdone ’do of a princess, but she taps into her strong, decisive side whenever she needs to. You go, Leia!
Star Wars is male dominated and has many shortcomings in terms of how women, generally, are portrayed. Still, Princess Leia’s spunk and skill have stood the test of time — arguably better than her costumes and hairstyles have, since her character debuted on screen in 1977.
Those are my thoughts, anyway. What do you think?
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