This is something I’ve run into constantly. The idea that female characters have to be some sort of improbably awesome feminist propaganda icon to be considered a “strong character”. Which isn’t good writing. It’s Hollywood trying to keep women from complaining.
But I’m not going to add a long description here, since the article pretty much covers it. And the title. The distinction between strong characters that are female and the “[Strong Female] Character” is one that needs to be paid attention to.
I barely trust myself to be able to talk about why I love this design, but I do. It’s cute, pretty, elegant, sexy… it’s rare to find an outfit that hits all of those descriptions! And the detail work in this render is just astounding!
Alright… I’m going to try and analyze it now. Her color scheme here seems to be mostly whites, pinks, purples, and gold… which I think fits well with her skin tone and blonde hair (side note: I love half-updos and long framing bangs :3). The overall outfit, at its most basic, boils down to sleeveless top (that looks like she’s wearing a bra over it), a sort of half-skirt, purple battle panties… er… “shorts”, patterned tights, ankle boots, layered capes, and quite a lot of accessories!
Which is one of the things I like about this design. The accessories are well-balanced, and don’t overtake the outfit as a whole. Like my last design inspiration, Viola, Rosa combines a sleeveless top with separate sleeves. She wears a tiara, hair ornaments, dangly earrings, pauldrons, a belt (or two?), and those funky knee-level leg rings that almost give her the knee-length-boots look. There’s so much going on in this design, and yet it looks so simple and put-together as a whole. I want to be able to design like that.
A bunch of silly freebies from the company my father worked for for 25 years and that my mother currently works for (which was cute and funny)
50 dollars in cash, which shall be used for great things
25 dollar movie theater gift card
A Doctor Who DVD box set I already had, which I’ll probably pass on to my niece
A huge pickup truck smashed through the bushes, into my parent’s driveway, crushing the entire front end of my parked car, which I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away on Christmas three years ago, and sending it over ten feet into the yard.
The driver wasn’t drunk or anything… something just went wrong with his car. He was very sweet and apologetic, and I wasn’t angry at him. But I was angry. Frustrated. Overwhelmed. All sorts of negative emotions. My family and friends were very supportive, though, and they somehow managed to keep me in relatively good spirits all things considered. The three cream-cheese brownies didn’t hurt, either. (We didn’t have anything alcoholic. Chocolate was the next best thing…)
But, really… I’m not going to be completely over this anytime soon. I have no idea what I’ll get from my insurance, or if I’ll be able to fix (not likely) or replace the car. Losing my grandmother’s car on the third anniversary of her death (and 83rd of her birth) wasn’t pleasant, either. But I am glad nobody got seriously hurt, that I wasn’t in the car when it happened, and that I can’t possibly be held liable for the damages. Also, I still have the rest of my inheritance if I absolutely must use any of it to get another car. Doesn’t make it any less frustrating, but I have to focus on the positive as much as I can…
… Actually, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Just the heavily-purple, pseudo-gothic-lolita design was probably enough to get me. And then there’s the hooded cape, flower details, beadwork, ruffled trim, patterned stockings (apparently of moths caught in a spider web)… there’s not a lot about this design I don’t like. Even the Freddy Krueger armor rings on her hand are kind of growing on me, though if she keeps her claws nails that long anyway and uses a magic orb as a weapon, I wonder what the point is. I guess someone just thought they looked good.
Some more random details: Garters (hell yes), strapless dress + sleeves + high collar (for the designer who wants maximum cleavage and more modest-leaning design elements), vivid purple nail polish (hell yes x 2), red eyes + bluish-white hair (because there’s such a thing as too much purple)… and I don’t know what to call that style, but those shoes are pretty epic too.