Our favorite super-heroines are about inner strength, teaching us to do what’s right even when it’s hard. And that can get lost when we lose complex characters to women who are portrayed as hyper-sexualized objects, devoid of complex character development. Women have long been asking for more female superheroes with more dialogue and less unrealistically revealing outfits, but what do young girls think?
The artist Alexandria Law set out on an ongoing project to find out: she finds young girls dressed as superheroes, and she sketches them as they might appear in comics or films, re-imagining the elegant and creative characters constructed by the girls themselves.
These images skip over the cliches and aim for more ambitious and nuanced explorations of the lady superhero. Here, girls can form powerful duos with one another and their parents; they can have cute yet fierce canine companion. The She-Hulk need not be confined by stereotypes, and she can simultaneously rage and sport a purple tutu. Tights and capes and gadgets of all sorts await! Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Thanks to Twenty Two Words
Images via Twenty Two Words and Alexandria Law
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