According to Club Jade, a cat suited Mara Jade Skywalker t-shirt might be a possibility for Her Universe, a clothing company designed for fangirls by a fangirl. I don't see how a cat suited Mara Jade would appeal to the targeted female audience other than it's Mara Jade Skywalker. No matter what she's wearing, Mara Jade will still remain a popular EU character. But is the catsuit really necessary?
Thinking about this, I wondered how men vs. women are visually portrayed in the Star Wars media. Aalya Secura, Ahsoka Tano, Mara Jade Skywalker, and especially Darth Talon wear little or tight clothing. Padme Skywalker has more variety: she's worn heavy, multi-layered clothing in TPM, bared her mid drift in AOTC, and matronly outfits suitable for a pregnant mother in ROTS. (The same with Princess Leia in OT.) Other women, like Kotor II's Darth Traya, are fully clothed, and frankly you wouldn't want to see her in a cat suit anyway.
Men, on the other hand, don't have the same outfit variety. If you're a guy in Star Wars, it's expected that you will be wearing:
B. Jedi/Sith/politician's robes
C. Smuggler's attire, meaning pants, shirt, and a possibly cape.
It's not say that there aren't any female fanservice moments out there, like Cade Skywalker wearing a speedo in Legacy comics. But generally, guys are fully clothed. Not really sexy.
Bringing back to my original point, I'm wondering if the Mara Jade cat suit reflects the culture we live in. Girls are generally portrayed rather vamp-y while guys generally aren't. I don't think the different portrayal is inherently sexist, just completely unnecessary. After all, that's entire point of fanservice. I don't think the catsuit image belongs on a female clothing company, though. Mara Jade Skywalker will still inspire girls whether she's wearing Jedi robes - or not.
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