Agency on Aging

Princess Leia Fights Ageism

Among the many discussions that raged since Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release, one of the biggest seemed to be whether Princess-turned-General Leia was still attractive enough to be seen on screen—seemingly due solely to the fact that, like Han Solo, Luke, and most of the viewing audience, she spent the last 30 years since the original trilogy growing 30 years older.

Actor Carrie Fisher immediately hit back on her Twitter, joking: “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings.” She has continued to speak out since then, sharing information with her over-880,000 followers on the negative impact of ageist stereotypes.  

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