Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nerd-girl Style Icons Vol. 2: Wonder Woman

That's right, we're going there. Enter:


The Kick-assiest of super heroines

Wonder Woman is a Princess of the Amazons, also known as Diana of Themyscira. Originally created by William Marston to be "tender, submissive, peaceloving as good women are," combining "all the strength of a Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."

Silly Women, with their thinking.

To be fair, Marston also said he wanted Wonder Woman to be a "distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men."

In the early years of Wonder Woman (Marston named her Suprema originally), you can find many allusions to bondage- Wonder Woman often physically restrained her enemies, as you can see for yourself:

That's how I learned to do it, too.

Later, Wonder Woman grew to be a well-liked super heroine. In 1975, Lynda Carter portrayed "The New, Original Wonder Woman".

Great Hera!

Set during WWII, it followed closely the original plot of the comics. Since the show, there have been several remakes, as well as a just-nixed NBC TV show. They probably stopped production because Kevin Kirkpatrick (who is otherwise a genius in my book, as the makeup artist for titles like True Blood, The Wolfman, Nightmare on Elm Street and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) decided to redesign the classic Wonder Woman costume into something more... horrifying.


Then they modified it to looks less horrifying last minute because of the outcry on the internet (waita go, guys!), though the picture is still pretty terrible.

I can't figure out what's going on here...

Sure, DC Comics also recently re-designed/ re-conceptualized Wonder Woman's image, they did something that's quite popular these days, which is doing a "gritty reboot". What happened here is something I don't quite understand- from all American super heroine to some kind of... biker chick? Wearing Spiderman's shirt-come-corset?

So what does this all mean?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Because any good nerd girl knows that there is only one Wonder Woman costume, and it stands proud in red, white and blue... and gold.

  • Red top
  • Star-spangled blue bottoms (sometimes panty bottoms, sometimes a skirt)
  • Red Boots
  • Gold cuffs
  • Lasso of Truth (optional)
  • Power stance (not optional)

As previously stated, I'ma go ahead and say no white stars on blue background bottoms. Seriously, guys. Jeans of some sort are acceptable, preferably jean shorts, like your daisy dukes (you have them, I know you do). A simple red shirt and gold belt will suffice in lieu of red strapless corset (but if you own that corset, please, rock it). As I don't have any red boots, I chose to go with a more subtle approach- white knee high socks and chunky wedges. Red socks are preferred, of course, but I also do not own any of those.

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