July 19, 2017
It's hard to find a strong female lead. It's even harder to find a strong female lead who has a body that's different than what the media sells us as the "perfect woman". Each of the following characters is fictional, but she has fought for justice and truth in her own way. And every single one is played by an equally strong actress whose thighs touch.
You can't make a list of strong female leads without Diana of Themyscira. You just can't!
This Amazonian princess has been gracing our little girl dreams since 1940, and she's never once been shown with a thigh gap!
You know why? Because to be strong, you need muscles in your thighs, and when you're as strong as Diana, ain't no one gonna tell you you need a gap!
The Mother of Dragons won't take shit from any body. Daenerys stands for her own style of justice. Throughout the Game of Thrones books/TV series, Dany has overcome adversity and trod on its corpse. She's become Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, released millions of slaves, and raised freaking dragons from eggs all while having the one thing a king can never have - a vagina.
Lieutenant Uhura was the first black woman portrayed in a technical role. Through multiple dangerous missions, Lt Uhura showed strength and stamina, She stood up for what was right, and on one occassion, saved the human race from androids.
There's an argument over whether the "real" (i.e. book) Katniss would have a thigh gap given that she was literally starving to death. But, the movie Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is beautifully curved and thick-thighed. She fights a whole regime and turns her country from a slave state that ritually murders 11 children every year to a community that can work together for the greater good.
Widely regarded as the smartest with of her age, there's a very good chance that Harry couldn't have have defeated Voldemort without Hermione by his side. Throughout the books and movies, Hermione repeatedly saves Harry's life and teaches him the magic that he needs to know to get through his different trials.
On top of that, Hermione regularly fights for the fair treatment of those who do not have equal rights in the wizarding world. In The Goblet of Fire, she begins the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare to fight against the mistreament of house elves.
A soldier in the rebellion against Alliance, Zoë has shown constant courage under fire. She's quick-witted, strong, and sexy. Throughout the [too short] Firefly series and the movie, she shows that she will take no disrespect from any person, no matter what their gender or social status.
Few female characters have shown as much strength as Princess Leia Organa. Leia lost her mother at birth, was captured by an evil empire, had her entire adopted planet destroyed, was taken as a slave by an intergalactic gangster, and had her son kill her husband after her brother abandoned her.
Regardless, Leia has stood for good and right in the galaxy, no matter what the situation.
As a bodyguard in the Qing Dynasty, Shu Lien knows her way around a fight. She is an honorable warrior who is facing the twilight of her career. She faces
the thief of the Green Sword of Destiny, Jen Yu, and is obviously the better swordswoman. Though the magical sword breaks all of her weapons, she remains the victor, only becoming injured when Jen strikes her after already losing.
Even though she wanted to go to Law School to get her boyfriend back, Elle quickly found that she could be happy without him. She rocked her own style and got top marks throughout her time at Harvard.
Later, she became a champion for the cause against animal testing and successfully passed a bill through Congress to stop it.
In The Color Purple, Celie faces just about all of the adversity a woman can face. She is molested by her father, has her children by him removed from her care, is abused by her husband, and on top of all of it, she's a black woman in the American South in the 1930s! Through her force of will, Celie stays strong for herself and her family and strives to overcome it all.
Which of these strong women is your role model? Who did we forget?
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