I was inspired by some of Carrie Fisher's comments about the slave costume last year and wanted to recontextualize the outfit as heroic fantasy rather than cheesecake. It's an homage to the king of heroic fantasy, Frank Frazetta, drawing direct inspiration from his A Princess of Mars cover. I feel like the fetishism of the slave costume co-opts the scene from being about Leia's triumph. She's never not powerless in it, she's waiting, as her strangling Jabba to death with the implement of her bondage illustrates. I feel that the costume holds an important place in cosplay. It takes a lot of confidence to wear it and I don't feel like the cultural perspective on it gives it respect for that confidence and the "controversy" surrounding it further disrespects the courage and confidence it should represent. And I think all women have a Jabba in their life at one time or another. Kill your Jabbas, ladies. Metaphorically, of course.