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This contest was extremely hard to judge, and once I'd narrowed it down to half the entries, it was almost impossible. If I hadn't added a runner-up prize level, I'd still be judging now.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. The variety of entries was better than I could have imagined! I was really amazed by all the creativity. I saw the bra turned into a vest. I saw the neck chain used as a signature weapon. I saw the red drapery turned into skirts and loose, baggy pants. I was amused to notice so many people leaving the boots as they were after I mentioned that I liked them. I saw Leias suited for ballroom dancing, sneaking around dark city streets, firebending, brawling, and just being awesome!


Runners up: (Prize: Half price on all orders until September)


Everyone who entered wins free US shipping until September ($5 off international shipping)

Ready for more? Here are the prizes for this month's new contest: starlit-sorceress.deviantart.c…




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Edit 2:  Just over a week left to submit your entries! Because so many people have entered already, I will definitely be offering a second tier of prizes, so there's even more of a chance that you'll win something.
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Edit: I've gotten a lot of stunningly awesome entries so far. You can browse them here: starlit-sorceress.deviantart.c… Thank you to everyone who entered!
For those who haven't entered yet, the contest doesn't end until June 30th, and you can submit up to three entries.
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(Here are the earrings you can win! starlit-sorceress.deviantart.c… )

The slave Leia costume was created when Carrie Fisher complained that her other costumes were too modest, but several scenes had to be re-shot because of wardrobe malfunctions.

Female characters shouldn't be forced to choose between a shapeleses wrist-to-ankle turtlneck dress and a defective metal bikini!

Here's where you come in.

Keeping the original colors, materials, and style, re-design the slave Leia costume into something the princess would wear willingly (and proudly) for practical everyday galaxy-saving.

Prove that female characters can still look great without showing THAT much skin.


Costume rules
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-In general the purpose of this costume should be to show off a woman's personality and powerful presence...instead of going out of the way to show off her body.
-Nothing really tight, no cleavage, nothing above the knee, and no bare skin in between (bare arms are okay)
-The costume's function doesn't have to make sense for Leia or even the Star Wars universe. Any kind of clothing is okay.

(I shouldn't have to say this, but if you draw Leia wearing the costume, keep the anatomy realistic and the pose neutral or action-related...i.e. no sultry pinups.)


Contest Rules
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One winner will receive these earrings: starlit-sorceress.deviantart.c…
(If there are more than 3 entries, I'll throw in free U.S. shipping and $5 off international shipping.)

Everyone else will get free U.S. shipping / $5 off international shipping until the end of July.

Entries will be accepted between May 15th and June 30th
(My birthday is in June, so I decided that this month's contest should be extra special.)

No more than three entries per person.

Entries will be judged almost completely by design of the costume, but artistic skill might help convey your vision more strongly.

Once you upload your entry to dA (with a link back to this contest please!)  you can either comment here with a link, or send me a note.

A good reference of the original costume: images.wikia.com/starwars/imag…

Where I learned about the origin of the costume and the wardrobe malfunctions: www.ign.com/articles/2006/08/2… starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Slave_…

A great resource for how to NOT draw female characters (and how to fix them when they're poorly-drawn) eschergirls.tumblr.com/

Important note! This isn't a discussion on whether or not Carrie Fisher should have worn the costume in Return of the Jedi. There's also nothing wrong with you if you cosplay Slave Leia. Once again, the only point of this contest is to demonstrate that female characters can still look good without ridiculously skimpy costumes. (I only chose Slave Leia because it's arguably the most well-known skimpy costume in nerd culture.)
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Yuki-Hitori Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist

Alas, I cannot see the winning entry. orz
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aah, how did I not check that?? Oh, the suspense...

(Fixed. Thank you!)
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Yuki-Hitori Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist

Not a problem!
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HaiDaiyu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
So.... Is this contest over?
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It ended on July 1. I'm just having a hard time choosing a winner right now. It's a combination of real life stuff and SO many awesome entries.
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Chainese Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Finally done! That was fun. :D

Sorry, I couldn't decide on one design so I made 3. >_<
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally finished my entry [link]
Hope you like it.
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HaiDaiyu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Alright, finally got my hands on a scanner; here's my entry!
[link]
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My entry: [link]
Coloured version coming soon!
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ShaylaWroe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
my entry: jedi leia and rebel princess
[link]
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KiusLady Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's my entry!! [link]
What a cool idea. I'm pretty excited!! :)
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Wirrer Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also came up with an entry :) [link]
It was so fun to design :D
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Princess-Anakin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Here's my submission! :) [link]
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RA-SE-N Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Here's my submission; [link]
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PayRoo Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
here is my entry: [link]

this contest was super fun to design for :) thanks for hosting it!
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phantom-darkwings Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Will you still accept them if they're a bit more fantasy than sci-fi? I love star wars, but I've had more exposure to fantasy, so my design is coming out a little bit closer to fantasy armour than I expected
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It can be any type of clothing for any time period.
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Hyaroo Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Okay, I decided to have a go at it! Here is my idea for a redesign.
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Nocta-Aeterna Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I take it my entry ([link] was disqualified? May I ask for some feedback?
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No entries have been disqualified. Did I forget to add it to the contest folder?
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Nocta-Aeterna Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I think so, yes. It's somewhere below in the comments, and after checking it's the only one missing from the folder.
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, that's pretty awesome! I'm surprised I didn't see it before.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I wouldn't link to Eschergirls as a resource. They are often dead wrong about anatomy - just as wrong or more wrong than the art they critique :p
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't link to Eschergirls as a resource for anatomy.
(I'm not even going to choose a winner based on anatomy.)

I linked to Eschergirls as a resource on how to draw women without objectifying them.
(Something I will definitely look at when I select a winner. :))

Don't get me wrong, anatomy is important, just like shading, coloring, scanning, digital image cleanup, and writing a description for your art, but it doesn't seem fair to judge any of those in a contest about composition.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, it's just that they have a tendency to declare female characters objectified and "unrealistic" according to their physical proportions, when oftentimes I know women who naturally have those same proportions and they can feel a bit hurt by people saying their body types are "fake looking" :(

But, you didn't do that, so that's getting off topic, I'm just digressing too much. :p
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, actually eschergirls discourages people from changing physical proportions, and I agree with it. A lot of re-draws of characters with big chests will make them smaller, and Ami will still accept the drawing, but will often comment that she only wants people to fix impossible anatomy--for the same reason you mentioned. Because the character may have been given those proportions for the wrong reasons, but women with those proportions still exist, and so changing them counts as body shaming.
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AmiAngelwings Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Who's "they"? I'm the only one who runs the blog, and I don't do that. People seem to assume what I have a problem with in a picture when I haven't said anything about it. If some followers do, I can't control that. I'm not mad, it's just a misconception people have. I find people tend to assume a lot about what I believe about a picture when I haven't said anything about it. I've mentioned that a problem is how often a body type gets shown, but not that women with big breasts or who are thin are "fake looking". My body type is one where a lot of people deride too, so I'm careful to not be doing that myself.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I'm thinking more of some of the people who reblog eschergirls posts and add their own "fixes," or tag their stuff with "eschergirls," and aren't actually associated with or endorsed by you. People on all sides just kind of miss the point, from people who get mad thinking you're totally against sexuality to people saying "I fixed this terribly drawn lady!" when all they really did was flatten all the curves...
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it kind of rude to say that women look "ridiculous" in "skimpy" costumes?

It's acceptable for men to walk around in just tight little shorts in even kiddie movies.

It should be equally acceptable for women to wear as little as they want and still be seen as respectable human beings. The fault just lies with obsolete public conceptions of "modesty."
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Are you talking about when I said "ridiculously skimpy"?

Because I was calling the skimpiness ridiculous. As in the sentence, "It's ridiculous when writers and artists find all these excuses to put female characters in objectifying outfits."

(And I'm sure you can agree that the slave Leia outfit is objectifying because when a lecherous space slug forcibly removes a woman's clothes and dresses her in a metal bikini, he's probably going to pick out an objectifying bikini.)
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like ridiculous entertainment, but I wish sexualization happened just as much to male characters. More than half the human population enjoys male bodies, too, yet pop culture is still pandering 90% to people who like the same very narrow range of female figures. :(
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revereche Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
. . .Why the fuck would Jabba care about any of this?
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, I'm sure Jabba would be pretty angry, but I'm not trying to say the costume in Return of the Jedi should be replaced.
(Re-read my disclaimer at the end.)

The point is just to take the shapes/colors of the slave costume and turn them into a different costume. It doesn't even have to be designed for Leia. This costume could be anything from a prom dress to gold and red medieval plate armor, as long as it shows off a woman's personality instead of her body.
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AmiAngelwings Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
My take on this contest, and you can correct me if I've interpreted this wrong, is that the slave Leia outfit is really iconic and really popular. While in story, it's about Jabba's power and control, it's on the cover of the Jedi poster and DVD cover, it's cosplayed at conventions, it's on t-shirts, it's probably one of the most popular if not the most popular depiction of Leia. So, let's take that iconic costume, and let's see what creative ways people come up with to keep the overall colour scheme, patterns, etc and re-design into something that's not a slave bikini outfit. It's for fun and to test creativity and to see if the overall aesthetic style of the design can be kept while changing other things about it (like ze-tarts did with the fully clothed superheroine designs). At least, that's how I interpreted it.
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revereche Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I'm just saying this is a *really* bad choice for exactly that reason XD
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure I could have gone after a skimpy outfit the character had more say in wearing, then pointed at the creators and said, "Look, this clearly goes against her character to wear something like that."

But 1) Slave Leia is arguably the most recognizable skimpy outfit in nerd culture, and 2) It's a costume that everyone can agree that it's intent was objectifying. (Because I'm pretty sure that's what Jabba was going for.)

This doesn't have to be my last contest though. Do you have any other re-draw-worthy skimpy outfits in mind?
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revereche Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's obvious, but Wonder Woman. She's not even American! Why the hideous patriotic undies? Why??
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Aelfeth Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This contest is a total WIN! :la: And your earrings are gorgeous! Maybe you should create a favorites folder for all the entries so everybody can browse them :D
Oh, I so hope I can enter the contest after my exams!! :aww:
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
When I started doing monthly contests in November, I made one big folder for all my contest entries. (And since I try to make each month's contest VERY different from the last one, it's pretty easy to tell which month is which.)

I usually don't link to the folder this early, but I've gotten so many entries that I think I will!

I made the deadline a little longer on this one (June 30) to give people some extra time, so I hope you can enter too. :)
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Aelfeth Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I really hope so too :) Cheers!
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Baleineau Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here id my entry ! [link] It's a great contest, i really enjoyed it :D
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Mitszell Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   General Artist
Entry! =D
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Oni-Angel Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I don't even have pierced ears, but thought this was a pretty cool contest.

Here are my submissions:

Black and white: [link]

Colored in: [link]

Colored in with mark up: [link]

Better go, looks like the baby just woke up.

Thanks for giving me something to actually engage my brain today! :D
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Oni-Angel Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Great idea! I'm going to have fun doing this as a mental exercise.
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Nocta-Aeterna Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Here's another entry: [link]
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villainousminutia Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I made an entry! I had a lot of fun with this.
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JamestheDrow Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm see i wanna do this but with the rules i feel like i might have trouble...only because being its her slave out fit it should look sexy but...not objectifying...hmm
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
A great way to walk that line is to think about female characters girls want to be vs. female characters guys want to...look at.

One kind of costume shows off her personality, style, and powerful presence. The other kind of costume shows off her body.

(And don't worry about keeping the slave outfit theme. The point of the contest is to turn it into a different kind of outfit.)
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JamestheDrow Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i am girl so i get that but it kinda seems like..well your saying a girl showing skin is instantly objectification. thats why im kinda worried on what ill come up with would be crossing the line.
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, no, there are plenty of exceptions. It's definitely possible to design a swimsuit to show off style and personality instead of just thinking what design would turn on the most guys. There are also women who really like showing off their bodies, and for them that's how they show off their style and personality.

But if you flip through a few comic books, it's like they gave that character trait to most of the female characters, which isn't realistic, so that makes me think the artists were mostly thinking of objectification.

So in individual cases, it's hard to decide if the skin showing is for the woman wearing it or the guys looking at it, or somewhere in between. That's why I made a "dress code" for this contest: nothing really tight, no cleavage, nothing above the knee, and no bare skin in between (bare arms are okay)

With this contest I want to demonstrate that female characters can still look good without ridiculously skimpy costumes. I'm not trying to say that all skimpy costumes are inherently bad. I'm just asking people to explore alternatives.
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