And the winner is… everybody, kind of. The final count for Slave Leia Watch 2011 is in, and it’s a simultaneously disappointing and heartening six Slave Leias. It’s disappointing because at $5US per Slave Leia (and no Rebels or Dudes), that’s a mere $30 to our winning charity. It’s heartening, though, that so many women have moved away from what I see as a rather disturbing costume choice, so much so that they didn’t even have the usual designated Slave Leia section in the parade. (Also kind of cool? A Leia in bronze bikini, carrying Jabba’s head on a pike. If you’re gonna do it…)
The lucky charity will be Planned Parenthood, with a comfortable 56 percent of the vote. Although the Leia costume count was low, I figure an appearance by the actual Leia, Carrie Fisher, should be worth something. So I’m going to round that out to a nice $50US for women’s health. Congratulations, Planned Parenthood, and women in general.
(Start planning now for next year’s Watch. With such a light Leia showing, the 2012 costume to watch is kind of up in the air, but there were certainly enough Sookehs around this year to make some deserving charity very happy.)