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Here Are 7 Carrie Fisher Quotes About How Badass Women Are in Honor of Star Wars Day

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When Luke Skywalker came to rescue Princess Leia in “A New Hope”, he didn’t find a doe-eyed, damsel in distress. Instead, he was met with a disinterested: “you’re a little short for a stormtrooper.” Since that first moment the duo met, the world fell in love with this fierce, blaster pistol-brandishing princess.

Carrie Fisher, the iconic “Star Wars” actress who played the role of Princess Leia, was a hero on and off screen.

Aside from acting, she was the author of several memoirs, a producer, one of Hollywood’s greatest script consultants, and an underrated activist.

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Fisher was not afraid to talk about the tough things: the stigmatization of mental illness, women’s rights, ageism, and body-shaming in Hollywood. She was unapologetic and honest — a hero among feminists and “Star Wars” fans alike.

When American TV host, Stephen Colbert, interviewed the star late last year, she revealed that she had been asked to lose weight in preparation for the famous bronze bikini scene, saying that they wanted to, “hire about three-fourths” of her and so she had, “to get rid of the fourth.”

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The years following that scene, she displayed animosity about the “slave girl” look that inspired decades of cosplay. "Don't be a slave like I was,” she warned her “Force Awakens” co-star Daisy Ridley during a joint interview with Interview magazine in 2015. “...you keep fighting against that slave outfit.”

This May the Fourth, we remember Carrie Fisher for what she stood for: girl power. Here are seven inspiring quotes that all women can learn from.


“Screw beauty, it’s superficial anyway, and my other attributes matter way more than my appearance.”

”I got to be the only girl in an all-boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women. [Leia is] a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.”

”Men don’t age better than women, they’re just allowed to age.”

“We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, ‘Oh, you look good,’ and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy!'”

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

”I identify more with who I feel myself to be than what I look like. Either way, am I obliged to entertain you with my appearance?”

“Youth and beautify are not accomplishments.”