One of the most memorable moments from George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy doesn't involve Darth Vader, Han Solo, or Luke Skywalker -- instead, it involves Princess Leia. In Return of the Jedi, we wind up in the dingy fortress of Jabba the Hutt. Jabba's got Han Solo frozen in Carbonite, but he has another prize as well -- Princess Leia. The formerly demure rebel leader is now Jabba's slave (complete with a metal collar that keeps her chained to his dais) and has been forced to parade around in a glorified bikini. Seeing the Princess, who'd been dressed modestly in the earlier films, now converted to a sex object undoubtedly caused millions of male lightsabers to turn on all at once.
Carrie Fisher made the costume work and became the stuff of nerd dreams for eternity in these scenes. Fisher may have moved beyond her Slave Leia days, but the costume lives on, turning up at comic conventions, videogame expos, and anywhere else cosplayers tend to congregate. It's enduring appeal seems to be driven by the fact that it's iconic -- everyone recognizes it instantly -- and provides nerd cred while remaining sexy at the same time. Still, we all have different ideas of what's hot -- and while the Leia slave costume has inherent sex appeal, there have been some instances where wearing it doesn't really work. Check out the gallery below for a few examples.
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