This week, photographs of “Hana Solo and Slave Leo” went viral on Reddit and later on Twitter after Mark Hamill tweeted them. “It could have been worse,” he captioned the photo, which he juxtaposed with a photograph from of himself and Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 8, 2018
The “Hana Solo and Slave Leo” pictures show a gender reversal of the Star Wars characters Han Solo and Princess Leia, in reference to the infamous scene where a golden bikini-clad Leia (Fisher) is chained to the monstrous Jabba the Hutt in the original Star Wars trilogy. From its inception, the image of “slave Leia” was controversial, as it promoted sexism, female objectification, and, well, enslavement. Fisher herself was no fan of the costume, telling Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, “Don’t be a slave like I was. … You keep fighting against that slave outfit,” in a conversation with Interview before her death.
The Advocate found the identities of the models in the viral photographs: actors Amanda Young (Girls! Girls Girls!, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures) and Dove Meir (House of Demons, Diverted Eden). Below, Meir and Young discuss the feminist vision of the photographs, which were shot by Rob Daly in November.