Carrie Fisher: You Are Pretty, You Always Have Been

In memory of Carrie Fisher
For letting us be brave and beautiful,
sexy and snarky.

Who didn’t fall in love with Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars? For most boys, it was that infamous Jabba the Hutt pseudo-bondage scene, right? But for girls—ah! for girls, we finally had our swashbuckling role model who could battle storm troopers with the best of them!

Finally, we got to be brave and beautiful. We got to be sexy and snarky…

Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?

We got to be all of that AND fall in love with the dashingly handsome renegade space cowboy…but I digress.

Carrie Fisher was beautiful in Star Wars, she was. Since then, she’s continued her acting career, starring in countless movies and television shows. She’s also an award-winning writer with best-selling novels, screenplays, televisions shows and magazine articles to her credit. She’s been on the New York Times Best Sellers list, won the Los Angeles Pen Award for best first novel, and has been nominated for both a Grammy and an Emmy Award.

She’s been married, raised a child, battled addictions and mental illness, succeeded in multiple careers—and remains an American icon now, more than 30 since her Princess days.

The first Star Wars film came out when I was 11 years old and more interested in Han Solo than female role models. I can’t claim to be an avid Carrie Fisher fan—most of the information herein came from her own website. What I can say is that I’ve always thought of her as smart and funny, successful and beautiful—part classic Hollywood, part modern woman.

So, I did a double-take when I saw her on television last night. A Jenny Craig commercial. Apparently, she’s lost 30 pounds. Which is great, really it is. Except that the parting image is Carrie looking into the camera saying:

“Thank you for letting me be pretty one more time.”

And it just broke my heart.

“You ARE pretty!” I yelled at the television before I shut it off in protest. “You always have been!”

Shame on you for thinking any less of yourself.

But SHAME ON YOUR MORE Jenny Craig for trying to make us think we’re only pretty when we’re thin and dieting. There is so much more to all of us than that kind of pretty, and so much more to which we can aspire.

©Jen Payne. Originally posted June 2011

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  1. Yes. Last week I did my ritual viewing of Christmas classics. White Cristmas is forever tainted for me now since I suddenly realized that Vera Ellen was dangerously thin and truly frightening to watch. This was in the 1940’s. With that precident, what chance did she have?

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