A Guide To The Great American Pastime Of Celebrities Dressing As Princess Leia

By: 01.27.14  •  21 Comments

Carrie Fisher laying out

There’s no shortage on Star Wars: Episode VII news these days, between casting rumors, Chewbacca’s behind-the-scenes photos (above) and JJ Abrams announcing that his script is finished so that Yoda might hear the figurative orgasms of millions of faithful fans. But one little nugget that slipped by almost unnoticed last week was the news that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are all ready to report to work starting in March or April to reprise their iconic roles for the first time since a lot of us were in diapers.

It’s impossible to deny that Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia are three of the most important movie characters ever created, as you can check the cosplay out at any Comic-Con, Mega-Con, Super-Con and Conny-Con-Con for a reminder of just how special they and the rest of the characters in the Star Wars universe are to millions of people. But when it comes down to it, you’d also have a hard time arguing that Princess Leia’s different costumes don’t rule them all.

At 57, I’m positive (and hoping) that Fisher won’t be squeezing into the iconic gold bikini for Episode VII, but she doesn’t need to, because a Return of the Jedi DVD or Blu Ray is the gift that keeps on giving. It also really helps that pop culture and many female celebrities have relied so heavily on Princess Leia’s costumes to make people laugh and (far more likely) have grown men swoon over the 30 years since Fisher was first chained to Jaba the Hutt’s XXXXL royal futon.

We’re still more than a year away from the release of Star Wars: Episode VII, but we’re undoubtedly going to see more Princess Leia costumes than ever prior to that December 18, 2015 release date, so let’s take a little time to celebrate the many celebrities and TV shows that have honored Leia Organa Solo’s wardrobe over the years.

*This is not a ranking or a timeline. It’s just a celebration. But if you want to rank ‘em, have at it. In fact, I’ll even be sure to mention my favorite.

Jennifer Aniston on Friends

For every girl that shows up to Comic-Con or any “geek” or “nerd” event dressed as Slave Leia, we ultimately have Friends to thank. Obviously, we don’t have the costume at all without George Lucas’s brilliant mind in the first place, but had Rachel not worn the costume to fulfill Ross’s fantasy on the September 16, 1996 Friends episode, “The One with the Princess Leia” fantasy, I’m really not sure that the fad would have been as big as it has been over the last two decades.

Additionally, Aniston’s Leia costume combined both the white dress and the gold bikini, which is a great feat. However, I’m sure that there are purists out there who would complain that Slave Leia didn’t have the buns in her hair. Those people, though, have seriously missed the point.

Sophia Bush on MythBusters

The folks at MythBusters launched their 12th season on Jan. 4, 2014 with a “Star Wars Special” episode that featured Sophia Bush dressed as the more formal and appropriate version of Princess Leia. Still, if she had wanted to give the gold bikini a whirl, I’m not sure that anyone watching MythBusters would have complained. Kari Byron also dressed as Leia in the Endor jungle camo in this episode.

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