Earlier this year, we posted a tribute to David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust is a pop culture icon and was pretty much the undisputed king of glam rock. That influence on fashion has been felt for decades. Many more cultural icons have left us this year, including fellow glam fashion icon Prince. Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, this list goes on. We have lost so many great stars this year and all of them hurt. None have hit worse than our latest loss: Carrie Fisher.
Fisher as Princess Leia was a legendary hero that millions upon millions of adults will tell you their childhood was greatly shaped by their favorite heroine. She was strong, smart, and uncompromising. In many ways, you could make the argument that Leia was the most compelling protagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy. She’s certainly stronger than any of the characters of the prequel trilogy…but that’s another story for another time.
Princess Leia set the bar for the modern strong female action hero, and we may not be able to say say that today if not for Carrie Fisher’s amazing performance. It wasn’t just Star Wars that Carrie Fisher had as a claim to fame though. She was an accomplished writer known for fixing scripts in Hollywood. Who can forget her role at the therapist in Austin Powers either. Not that she didn’t have other roles, but come on: that was hilarious.
Fisher, like the other icons we lost this year will never truly be gone. Their influence in culture, fashion, the language we speak, and most importantly, our lives and memories will never be erased. If you want to show your love for your icons, consider creating a custom t-shirt with our designer tool to show your fandom.
We at WhoopTee would like to salute Carrie Fisher, and all the others who have been lost in 2016. You shall be missed. Here’s hoping 2017 is a little easier on the icons who so affected our lives.