There are very few female superheroes, and many of the ones we have are mere derivatives of their male counterparts (bat girl, anyone?). There were probably even fewer when I was growing up. But there was always Wonder Woman: the kick-ass Amazon princess who selflessly heeds the call of a society in peril, giving up her island paradise to come to mankind's aid.
She's unabashedly beautiful and feminine, strong, independent, kind and caring. And wow, those accessories: bullet deflecting bracelets, a lasso that compels the truth, an invisible plane? Not to mention the boots...
I like the reminder.... I like the message... Looking hot doesn't make you weak, you don't need big muscles or a big gun to be strong and get things done, and helping people who need it is cool.
About six months ago, Independent Lens ran a documentary about wonder women, and Wonder Woman in particular, that was really (yeah) wonderful. I highly recommend checking it out, as it was totally compelling, educational, and clearly made with love.
So in our dressing rooms, and on our walls, and on our website too, you will come across images of Wonder Woman.
This mixed media piece was done by Brooklyn artist Tifenn Python. I commissioned it.