This week there was a disturbance in the Force — Carrie Fisher, our Princess Leia and General Organa, died on Tuesday, December 27.
The devastating news of her death has left many in shock and mourning, but has also reignited curiosity about the original "Star Wars" films — specifically her notorious hair buns.
George Lucas — mastermind behind the "Star Wars" empire — talked about where he drew inspiration from for her iconic hairstyle.
In a 2002 interview with TIME, Lucas revealed that this otherworldly hairdo was inspired by Mexican women. He said:
"In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn't fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico."
At the Denver Museum of Art, the exhibit also showcases photos of women from the Native American Hopi tribe with this hairstyle.
On the bottom left hand corner of the photo (that a Facebook commenter, John P. Lukavic, left on Tang's post) it says, "Senator Amidala Hopi Hair Buns, 2002."
There were women in various Native American tribes that also wore the same style as the Hopi did.
Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo — and senator of the Galactic Republic — did don buns that are almost identical to those of women from the Native American Tewa tribe.
The photographer, Edward S. Curtis, shot the image on the right in 1921 and captioned it as, "An excellent feminine type of these early immigrants from the Rio Grande. The arrangement of her hair suggests that she is unmarried."
This group of Walpi and Hano girls totally look like they're on Tatoooine.
And just look at that flawless hair — it's incredible!
The cultural influence on the overall aesthetic of "Star Wars" characters is fascinating — just what we needed to focus on while we mourn the loss of a legend.
The image on the right was of a Hopi girl was taken in 1905 and the description gives more insight into how important this style was. "Soft, regular features are characteristic of Hopi young women, and no small part of a mother's time is used to be devoted to dressing the hair of her unmarried daughters. The aboriginal style is rapidly being abandoned, and the native one-piece dress here illustrated is seldom seen even at the less advanced of the Hopi pueblos."
These powerful women are finally getting the representation that they deserve for being Lucas' muses and such a staple element to the massive "Star Wars" franchise.
Who run the world — and the entire galaxy? GIRLS.