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Monday, January 7, 2008

Slave Leia's Secret



Have you been wondering why dozens of attractive young women are showing up at Cons (science fiction conventions, comics conventions, etc.) half naked, chained and collared? Well, I have, because it's really happening, it's not just a fanboy wet dream.

The women are appearing dressed as Slave Leia, an outfit foisted upon Princess Leia when she was held captive by the gangster Jabba the Hutt. It should be noted that the Slave Leia garb only appeared for about two minutes of total screen time in "Return of the Jedi," the only movie in which the costume appears. Most of the time, Leia appears in the white robes of a Senator or the crisp uniform of a Rebel Alliance commander (or whatever her rank was). But the two-minute appearance of Leia in slavegirl garb made much more of an impression than any other costume she has ever worn, to judge from the way it absolutely dominates Leia cosplay at cons.

Why has Slave Leia become so popular 30 years after her initial appearance? I have a theory, and I propound it at length, with lots of visual evidence, in my article on the topic. But I am required by the American Psychological Advancement Association that if you are not already smitten with Slave Leia prior to reading my article, by the time you finish it, you will be. So be forewarned.

4 comments:

Robert Perlberg said...

Regarding the Melissa Joan Hart picture, there was a chain. You can see it in these pictures:

http://www.asstr.org/~timestop/storypics/mjh1.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KPK3ZFXy34w/Ta1TN2ytZ3I/AAAAAAAAAA4/Jnoibd7r6ik/s1600/M%2BJoan.jpg

Pat Powers said...

Right you are! Don't know how I missed it, but ... nice, that she was willing to go all authentic on the Slave Leia outfit ...

Mary Skywalker said...

Wow, thanks for your article! I'm the one wearing black vinyl on my arms and legs on the left side of the photo (I'm not in the video because I was late to the photo shoot). I'm sure there are a lot of reasons to dress up as Slave Leia, but I just really like "Star Wars" and especially Princess Leia! (Plus, it was HOT in Atlanta, so I didn't want a warm costume!)

Pat Powers said...

Thanks for the kind words. And yes, all kinds of reasons to dress up as Slave Leia, but I like my theory because it's ... MY theory!

Also, you are also pictured in the main article with a blue dot over your face ... nothing wrong with your face, I just didn't want to create problems for anyone who showed up in the article. Here's the URL:

http://www.bondagerotica.com/articles/slave_leia/slave_leia_pics31.html