What I love about the season five design is that it’s more feminine.
Despite having pants and the hair pulled back, something about this about this is just more feminine to me, screams female power.
Not only is it a touching nod to Mara (just look at these comparisons)
But it is just so damn beautiful in how the pants, high boots, and getup highlight Adora’s traditionally feminine features and power.
The long, athletic legs. The slight curve of the torso that gives her a waist and womanly figure, but isn’t sexualized in any way.
Gosh, this shot and walk are just so powerful.
This design in the crossroads of beauty and practicality. A design achievement which as a woman I just never get tired of.
She Ra was created by woman over 35 years ago. If you want to look more into the history, there’s a fantastic documentary on Netflix. But Mattel was very much at the head of progressive movements in media at the time, with the women in the team fighting to design She Ra as a strong but feminine warrior. This design is such a beautiful modern continuation of that legacy.
And this shot.
Oh my gosh this shot. It is ethereal. If God was ever a woman—
This is just raw power and beauty. She is literally and figuratively glowing, coming into her full strength and truth.
In this design, the meeting of feminine and warrior coincides with the resolution of Adora’s character arc— the coming together of her identity as Adora and duty as She Ra. She no longer believes the sword powers her, she is powering the sword and making it her own. There is a reason this design of She Ra is narratively established as Adora’s final and truest form.
It’s honestly one of my favorite character designs of all time, and just so damn beautiful.
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