This is my first attempt at writing a Hall of Hotties article. As a regular contributor to the site, I’ve written plenty of articles on various nerdy subjects, but I never really thought to contribute to this particular subject matter. However, on the cusp of the release of The Force Awakens, I’d be remiss if I didn’t call to memory one of the strongest and sexiest females in all of nerd culture. So it is with my humble opinion that I share with you my nomination for the Hall of Hotties… Princess Leia Organa

fe4656f5-8d0b-400c-b904-5c393c74dd18Princess Leia is the biological daughter of former Queen/Senator Padme Amidala of Naboo and former Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader. She is also the twin sister of one Luke Skywalker. Her ties to the force and the larger destiny of the rebel alliance cannot be overlooked in the face of such looming characters strewn about the universe. Her introduction into the series is iconic for many reasons. As a member of the Imperial senate, we are introduced to her acting as a spy and trying to get sensitive information passed to Obi Wan Kenobi through the ornery droid R2-D2. She’s ultimately captured but does not waver in her ability to oppose the slithery evil of the Galactic Empire. Vader (it is unknown at this point she is his daughter) has her “questioned” in an attempt to get her to reveal the location of the rebel stronghold so the empire can crush all resistance to their nefarious plans once and for all. Grand Moff Tarkin even makes her witness the destruction of her entire home planet with her sitting helpless, unable to do anything about it. Even through all of the torture and mind games, Leia stands resolute in her desire to topple the fascist regime set in place by Vader and Emperor Palpatine. She doesn’t succumb to their tactics and it’s in this unfaltering dedication to her cause that ultimately makes her the best candidate for Hall of Hotties. Not only is she a drop dead gorgeous woman, but she lives on a foundation of unflappable principles, not letting anyone try to push her off course.

720x405-42-26952861Minus the little bit of Slave Leia business at the start of Return of The Jedi, she is an extremely positive role model for young women the world over to follow. A New Hope ends with the Death Star destroyed and the empire in tatters all due to her desire to not back down in the face of adversity. Again, I get that this article is called Hall of Hotties, but where does it say a woman’s hotness has to start and stop at her physical attributes? When Leia first crosses paths with the roguish charm of everybody’s favorite space pirate Han Solo, she doesn’t just melt like butter in his hands. She doesn’t just become the object of his desire. This isn’t just some female character that exists solely as a plot point or a means to illustrate the masculinity of her male counter point. She is in many ways more vital to the cause and is much more instrumental in the ultimate victory of the Rebels over the Empire. Even as the base on Hoth was being decimated at the start of Empire Strikes Back, she had to be almost physically coerced to abandon her post. When Han is frozen in carbonite and taken away by Boba Fett, it’s Leia who was the first to step up to the plate and try to rescue him from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt. Also let’s not forget one of the biggest details I’ve left out until now. She’s force sensitive!! Although Luke was the one who was the actual practicing Jedi warrior, it is very subtlety seeded throughout the original trilogy that big things were on the horizon for Leia as well. Now in writing this, I should admit that I’m not taking into account any of the expanded universe mythology. Not only am I not overly familiar with it all, but the amount of dense layers contained within make it almost impossible to really analyze all of it. Plus, judging by all the promotional materials we’ve seen thus far for Force Awakens, the new movie seems to be a direct continuation of the original trilogy and not taking into account any of the expanded stuff. So I suppose we should leave it at that.

carrie_fisher_princess_leia_xvi_by_dave_daring_d62_by_dave_daring-d62qtyzI don’t know what else to say; I feel like this whole thing is just a slam dunk. If you think about all of the characters who had a hand in really bringing about the kind of change necessary to finally lay the empire to rest and topple Palpatine’s regime once and for all, it was Leia behind all of the pivotal plot points. Princess Leia Organa is a beautiful, smart, intelligent and advantageous woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right, even in the face of overwhelming odds stacked against her. She doesn’t let anyone make her decisions and doesn’t let the men or anyone else define herself as a person. So while she is a Hottie of the highest degree, her sexiness extends to all quadrants of life.