May the 4th be with you! TBT Photo. Photo Credit: The Minnesota Aveys. May the 4th be with you!

May the 4th be with you!

May the 4th be with you! TBT Photo. Photo Credit: The Minnesota Aveys. May the 4th be with you!

May the 4th be with you! Yes, it’s the Star Wars pun that has somehow become a “day”, which just shows that Star Wars was fated to be a part of this galaxy.  As a fan of the franchise, I wanted to participate by doing a little throwback Thursday. I have a very long history with Star Wars. It was introduced to me by my dad shortly after my brother was born. True story,  my brother’s first words were a garbled version of “Millennium Falcon.” My first sentence, on the other hand was, “Abu, no!”  In my defense, Disney’s Aladdin came out shortly after I was born. My parent took me to see it when I was three months old. Don’t remember much about it, but I was there.

As for Star Wars, it was part of almost every Halloween of my growing up years. I mean, I was Princess Jasmine once, but for the  most part, Star Wars loomed large in my Halloween costume attire. While in the past, I’ve mainly been more of a casual fan, the new franchise has renewed my interest in this childhood favorite. You can even look forward to a Star Wars theme this coming October. Beyond that,  for many Star Wars fans, the loss of Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, early this year was a reminder of just how big an impact the Star Wars franchise has had on American culture.  Other than Princess Jasmine, I didn’t care much for Disney princesses. Instead, I admired Princess Leia’s fierce strength. With the release of the Star Wars prequels, I was able to have a new female character to admire in Padme. Truthfully, Obi-Wan Kenobi is my favorite Star Wars character, but clone wars really sold me on the awesomness that is Padme. With Princess Leia and Padme Amidala, young girls got female role models who were strong, intelligent, and fashionable. They were female, yes, but female leaders. What’s more, I could buy a costume, dress up, and pretend to be like them. Princess Leia didn’t simper and whine. Amidala didn’t cower and hide. These characters were flawed, yes (who falls in love with a Sith lord?), but they weren’t worried about their make up, or about what dress they were going to wear to the beach party. These were female characters who carried the weight of planets on their shoulders. They thought deeply, fought wars, and loved fiercely. For better, for worse, Leia reached beyond the limits of the American idea of femininity, Padme continued that tradition; at the end of the day these characters were human. What more could an INTJ girl want in an inspirational character?

So, May the 4th be with you because it’s time for the Jedi to end! Mwhahaha. Ok, I’m done. Don’t forget to check out our other fashion article from today too. And, If you’re a Star Wars fan like me, what characters do you like? Or who were you “forced” to dress up as? Feel free to comment (especially now that our comment system is back online).

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