The times have certainly been a’changing in the geek world over the last year when it comes to diversity in the media. Is it perfect? Of course not but there have been some steps forward. As I read through Silk #1 last week, it occurred to me that we’re finally getting to see some more Asian women take center stage. Given that this is a fashion and cosplay blog, it should be no surprise that we’re both Asian women. (Okay, so I’m just half Asian but it counts.) Representation is something that we both care very much about and that we are very much aware of a distinct lack of when it comes to the stories that we love. That’s why seeing more leading Asian women in the media means so much to me and why I had to write about how important their inclusion is.
Star Wars and Marvel are two of my top fandoms and it thrills me that we now have Sabine Wren, Cindy Moon, Skye, and Melinda May out there. Sabine is a 16 year old Mandalorian who’s one of the rebels on the Ghost along with being an artist. Cindy Moon was bit by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker and after years of being in a bunker (don’t ask) she’s helping the people of New York now as the superhero named Silk. Melinda May and Skye are both agents of what’s left of SHIELD in this post-Hydra MCU world. In other words, we’re finally getting more capable ladies who are much more than a stereotype in leading roles who happen be or (in the case of Sabine where there is no Asia) look Asian which is something we desperately need.
There are plenty of people who will shrug their inclusion off. I suspect that many of those people will also be white males who have never struggled with representation. But consider this: before May and Skye? The only Asian of note in the MCU was Hogun. Agents of SHIELD debuted with a main cast that was 33% Asian female. Before Sabine? I can’t think of any Asian characters at all who were more than background/glorified extras much less leads. And I can’t even remember the last Asian Marvel superheroine to have her own ongoing title before Silk. (The only thing jumping to mind is a 4 issue limited series staring Psylocke which is a little problematic. DC Comics, of course, had Cassandra Cain as Batgirl before she passed on the mantle and then later disappeared from the DC universe.) As a bi-racial woman, seeing Skye on my television screen every week is beyond inspiring to me now that she’s been confirmed as being Quake.
It’s not just for purely selfish reasons that seeing more Asian ladies in my fandoms is a good thing. It’s for all of the little girls and the teenagers who can finally watch a TV show or flip open a comic and have a much better chance of seeing someone who looks like her. Maybe May or Cindy will become her hero and help her realize that she can do anything she puts her mind to. Maybe Skye will encourage one teenage girl to learn more about computers or maybe Sabine will encourage another to embrace her love for creating art.
It’s my hope that this is a trend that will continue and that we’ll one day get to the a point where “Psylocke” isn’t the first character lots of people think of when asked to name an Asian superheroine and to a point where the casual fan can name more than just Sabine. We’re far from a perfect diversity world but it gives me hope when I see Marvel and Lucasfilm make additions like these.
(As a note, I recognize that it probably would have been more correct to say ‘East Asian’ instead of just ‘Asian’ as I realize that countries like India are most definitely a part of Asia.)
Are you ready? ARE YOU READY FOR STAR WARS REBELS TONIGHT? The hour long premiere is on Disney XD at 9pm Eastern time! Everyone should watch because it’s a super fun episode and you’ll be hooked when the series starts in its usual Monday slot on the 13th.
Disney made the official announcement about all of their new products for Rebels last week and they have some pretty rad stuff in there. I was definitely thrilled to see that they’re putting out a Sabine costume for girls in addition to the usual boy costumes. What caught my eye though were a few thing: the hat from the other day’s Sabine outfit, the Sabine shirt, and the Hera phone case. When I expressed how fantastic I thought they were, the lovely folks over at Disney were kind enough to send them over to me!
I must admit that I’m fairly impressed with what arrived! I was even more impressed when I ventured online and saw that both the shirt and the phone case are going to be customizable if you buy them online at the Disney Store! (I’m linking to the shirt here.) It’s totally fun to just play around with the options (…says the girl who’s spent the last five minutes trying to decide on the perfect shirt color for the Rebel logo.) Honestly, I’m such a sucker for this sort of stuff that I will probably end up getting something from them.
First up though, is the phone case featuring my absolute favorite Twi’lek, Hera Syndulla! It’s taken over for my usual case this week. I admit that it’s brought a smile every time I’ve retrieved my phone during work. It’s on the minimalistic side as far as phone cases go but I don’t have any real complains thus far. I thiiiiiink that there are options for a case with fuller coverage but honestly I didn’t spend nearly as much time messing with the phone generator.
And then, of course, we come to the shirt!
First off, as a sizing note, they do not lie on the site. These shirts definitely run small which, oddly enough, is the opposite of what I’ve generally found with American Apparel shirts. They sent me a Medium and I’d classify the sizing as being a small in most other terms so go up a size or two. That said, it’s definitely a comfy shirt to wear around. As far as the art goes, I wish they’d made her breast plate the dark red/pink color that it actually is in the show but other than that, it’s totally cute! It’s neat to see Sabine portrayed in the non-animated style like the show uses. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing other fangirls wearing shirts like this one customized how they want it in the future!
We’re ridiculously pumped for new Star Wars on our screen so come spark a rebellion with us as we kick it Star Wars Rebels style all week long leading up to the official show premiere TONIGHT!
There are so many things that I love about Sabine Wren and while I already wrote about what a character like her means to me over at Tosche Station, I couldn’t resist putting together an outfit that was inspired by her. I wanted something that was comfortable and casual but still had a bit of kick to it along with a pop or two of color. (Every time I wear these tights from now on, I’ll feel like her just a little.)
Rebels Snapback: Available at Target
Purple Tank: Express
Grey 3/4 Sweatshirt: DKNY
Black Shorts: Express
RaspberryTights: Calvin Klein
Combat Boots: Macys
Thank you also to the wonderful Heather of Zhobot for taking the pictures for me and thank you also to Disney for being kind enough to provide us with the Rebels hat!
I love that not only can you see what the back of the hat looks like in this picture but that Heather managed to get a shot with my Mandalorian nail art! It was something I experimented earlier in the week when I was taking a stress relief break from work. If there’s any interest, I can put together a tutorial for another post. It’s fairly easy to do if you’re using your dominant hand, even if you’re not artistically inclined!
We’re ridiculously pumped for new Star Wars on our screen so come spark a rebellion with us as we kick it Star Wars Rebels style all week long leading up to the official show premiere on Friday!
What’s that? New Star Wars on our television screens starting Friday? This totally calls for a Star Wars Rebels theme week! So strap yourselves into the Ghost as we bring you some Rebels inspired content every day. It’ll be all Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb, Ezra, and Chopper all week long here at White Hot Room.
Be sure to tune into the premiere, Spark of Rebellion, at 9pm EST on Friday, October 3rd on Disney XD.
|MONDAY||— [INSPO] Style Like A Rebel|
|TUESDAY||— [WAYW] Space Cowboy Jedi Guy – Kanan Jarrus
|WEDNESDAY||— [WAYW] Look at the Colors! – Sabine Wren|
|THURSDAY||— [INSPO] Fashion Finds for the Trendy Geek – Hera Syndulla|
|FRIDAY||— [WAYW/INSPO] Rebel Ladies