As Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie was famously sexualized and put in tiny sequin shorts (that have been extra like underwear) and a ripped white shirt (that later will get moist).
The outfit was a fairly large departure from the comics, which normally characteristic Harley in a bodysuit — an outfit she donned (although it later modified) within the HBO animated Harley Quinn collection.
Robbie later spoke of the costume and the backlash surrounding it: “As Margot, no, I don’t like carrying that. I’m consuming burgers at lunchtime, and you then go do a scene the place you’re hosed down and soaking moist in a white T-shirt, it’s so clingy and also you’re self-conscious about it.”
Robbie’s costumes in Birds of Prey have been notably much less sexualized (together with, sure, overalls), and The Suicide Squad featured costumes and hair a lot nearer to that of her comedian counterpart.
Some of the well-known sexualized film costumes of all time was worn by Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again. Within the scene, her character, Princess Leia, was enslaved by Jabba the Hutt and made to put on a metallic bikini and skirt.
Fisher mentioned the costume “wasn’t [her] selection” and that when George Lucas confirmed it to her, she thought he was joking. “It made me very nervous. I needed to sit very straight as a result of I couldn’t have traces on my sides, like little creases. No creases have been allowed, so I needed to sit very, very inflexible straight.” She was instructed to train with a purpose to put on the costume, and later referred to as it, “what supermodels will ultimately put on within the seventh ring of hell.”
She additionally later gave recommendation to the newer trilogy’s star, Daisy Ridley, saying Ridley shouldn’t “accept merely being a intercourse image. It’s best to struggle to your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I used to be.”
For Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie was reportedly sad along with her character’s revealing and tight wardrobe, and thought it despatched a nasty message to younger women. She additionally needed to pad her bra for the function.
When Scarlett Johansson first started enjoying Black Widow in Iron Man 2, her costume was rather more revealing and sexualized than it could change into in later movies. Johansson herself referred to as her character’s portrayal “hypersexualized,” saying, “You have a look at Iron Man 2 and whereas it was actually enjoyable and had quite a lot of nice moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you understand? Actually talked about like she’s a bit of one thing, like a possession or a factor or no matter — like a bit of ass, actually.
“And [Tony Stark] even refers to her as one thing like that at one level … ‘I would like some’ [says Tony] … and at one level calls her a bit of meat and perhaps at the moment that truly felt like a praise.”
Johansson mentioned her character advanced through the years as she did, and that “Now folks, younger women, are getting a way more constructive message, but it surely’s been unimaginable to be part of that shift and have the ability to come out the opposite facet and be part of that previous story, but in addition progress.”
However whereas Johansson’s costume turned much less sexualized, Elizabeth Olsen was not as fortunate along with her character, Scarlet Witch. This was significantly evident in Avengers: Infinity Struggle, when Olsen identified she was the one feminine Avenger to reveal cleavage.
Olsen mentioned she did not thoughts carrying a corset, however most well-liked that it hadn’t been so low-cut. “I would prefer it to be larger. Everybody has this stuff that cowl them—Tessa Thompson does, Scarlett does. I want to cowl up a bit. It is humorous as a result of typically I go searching and I am similar to—wow, I am the one one who has cleavage, and that is a continuing joke as a result of they have not actually advanced my superhero costume that a lot.”
Notably, her costume was rather more coated up in WandaVision and Dr. Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.
One other superhero who was not thrilled along with her costume was Malin Åkerman in Watchmen. Evaluating the tight latex swimsuit to placing a condom over her entire physique, she referred to as the Silk Spectre costume “so uncomfortable.” She additionally revealed it was cinched in with a corset, and that “They needed to cinch my waist in three inches smaller than what it really is day by day in order that my shoulders seemed broader.”
However it wasn’t simply that the costume was bodily uncomfortable. “It did not really feel as highly effective,” she mentioned. “I feel that the cool factor for me enjoying Silk Spectre was her being this highly effective vigilante lady, apart from the costume. I really assume the costume type of took away a bit of bit from it. I needed to have fight boots and get tough and tumble.”
At age 12, Miley Cyrus was forged as Miley Stewart, a personality who regularly took on her popstar persona of Hannah Montana. Whereas Miley dressed very similar to a daily preteen, Hannah was outfitted with sequins and an extended blonde wig.
Cyrus later spoke of the psychological results of enjoying a personality that was so made-up at a younger age. “From the time I used to be 11, it was, ‘You are a pop star! Meaning you must be blonde, and you must have lengthy hair, and you must placed on some glittery tight factor.’ In the meantime, I am this fragile little woman enjoying a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of make-up. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had fucking flippers.”
“I used to be informed for thus lengthy what a woman is meant to be from being on that present,” Cyrus continued. “I used to be made to appear like somebody that I wasn’t, which in all probability triggered some physique dysmorphia as a result of I had been made fairly day by day for thus lengthy, after which once I wasn’t on that present, it was like, Who the fuck am I?”
Within the wake of Jennette McCurdy’s bombshell memoir, I am Glad My Mother Died, Victorious actor Daniella Monet mentioned that she was pressured to put on outfits she was uncomfortable with.
“I would not even put on a few of that as we speak as an grownup,” Monet mentioned, and a costumer on the present identified that teenage forged members typically did not convey up their outfit considerations as a result of a concern of retaliation.
McCurdy herself was pressured to placed on a bikini and take pictures in it for Nickelodeon regardless of begging to only put on a one-piece for an iCarly scene — she did find yourself in a one-piece within the episode, however pictures have been taken of her in a bikini to indicate an government (doubtless Dan Schneider).
Jessica Alba hated carrying her well-known blue bikini in Into the Blue. After she referred to as it “not enjoyable” in a Individuals interview (which began with particularly praising Alba’s bikini-clad physique, moderately than talking concerning the film), the interviewer requested, “Was there one physique half that you just thought, “Please, can I not present it?”
“All of it,” Alba answered. “Each time the digital camera shut off, I used to be masking up in a towel and hating my life and calling my mother, and being like, ‘I can’t do that! I hate this film!’”
The truth is, Alba’s character was initially meant to be a marine-biology pupil who would put on a wetsuit. “However then the folks in cost determined to dumb it down,” she mentioned, and by the point Alba bought on location to movie, they’d already filmed underwater scenes along with her physique double in a bikini. “I needed to match what they’d already shot,“ she says. “If I’d bitched concerning the change, I might’ve been referred to as a diva.”
Milla Jovovich referred to as her “skimpy” costume initially of The Fifth Component “a bit embarrassing.” Whereas she had grown up as a mannequin and was used to being dressed by others, she mentioned that “Within the style world, a lot of the guys are homosexual they usually have the etiquette to not discover. However these English guys engaged on the set have been whistling and stuff.”
Nonetheless, she finally mentioned, “My character’s all about what’s inside… It is probably not about her garments.”
Charmed star, Alyssa Milano, did not title a specific outfit however mentioned that she felt that her character’s costumes have been overly revealing on the present.
Within the ’90s, she mentioned, it was prefer it was essential to sexualize the characters with a purpose to promote the present.
Kaley Cuoco disliked lots of her Charmed costumes, together with her wig and black vinyl outfit in early Season 8 and her superhero costume within the episode “Battle of the Hexes.”
Sophia Bush hated how typically her character’s costume was merely her in underwear on One Tree Hill, and needed to request that it occur much less.
Her boss replied, “He actually mentioned to me, he goes, ‘Effectively, you’re the one with the massive f—king rack everyone desires to see. And I used to be like, [gasp], ‘What? Effectively, I’m not doing it!’” For the following episode, she confirmed up in a turtleneck “to be spiteful,” saying, “That is simply how I’m gonna gown on the present any more in the event you don’t cease writing these scenes.”
And eventually, Marina Sirtis hated her cleavage-bearing Star Trek outfit, saying she had no say over it and was actually informed to drop some weight to suit into it. “I used to be simply the garments horse, they usually put stuff on me,” she mentioned. She additionally recommended her character was simply there “for the boys to have a look at.”
Sirtis was initially “imagined to be the brains of the Enterprise,” however when the choice was made to place her in a skimpy outfit, she mentioned she “turned ornamental, like a potted palm on the bridge.” When her uniform modified and hid her cleavage, Sirtis mentioned her character turned extra succesful: “Consequently, I bought all my brains again, as a result of when you have got a cleavage you possibly can’t have brains in Hollywood.”
This is hoping that sooner or later, actors have a bit of extra say in what they must placed on their our bodies — particularly when these issues are inappropriate or revealing, and ESPECIALLY in the event that they’re underage.