Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia broke stereotypes and created a larger-than-life role model.
Leia Organa is one great role model.
A rebel, a leader, a woman looking fine in the face of disaster, all that was Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, the role that defined her influence on current generations and the ones to come.
The Star Wars character was fierce and held her ground before imminent danger, she took risks for people and always followed that burning desire that only a princess merged with a warrior can possess.
Her presence in the world-wide phenomenon that is George Lucas´creation always carried an important presence and never served as a liability or a damsel in distress, contrary to many of other female characters throughout the years.
Even in The Force Awakens, released 2015, she continued to fight against the Dark Side, this time as a General, dealing with yet another heartbreak as Han leaves for battle and deciding not to hide even though the First Order has their deadly strike pointed at her and her armed forces.
Leia, the leader; Carrie, the brave
A fine actress molded a great character, not the other way around.
Even though Carrie Fisher lived a life full of such remarkable highs and awful lows like battling drug abuse and mental health conditions, Carrie, and Carrie as Leia, developed a fighting spirit and qualities such as pragmatism, empathy and decisiveness.
These are some of Carrie Fishers´—and Princess Leia´s— best quotes that prove her and her character as a great leader for companies and galaxies far, far away:
- “Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.”
- “Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren’t so challenging.”
- “No motive is pure. No one is good or bad — but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.”
- “You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.” — Leia to Han with a kiss, after he steers them out of the asteroid field.
- “I haven’t ever changed who I am. I’ve just gotten more accepting of it. Being happy isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have.”
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia broke stereotypes and created a larger-than-life role model, proving, among many other things, that leadership is clearly not a gender-specific attribute.