The most breathtaking moment in the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer doesn’t involve explosions or lightsabers or ominous references to the Dark Side. It’s an eyeblink-long shot of Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, in the embrace of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. It’s a moment of a weary-looking woman with graying hair and lines on her face. Holy science fiction, Hollywood — somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, a grown woman has been given permission to look like a grown woman. I want to go to that planet!

Fisher, who turns 59 this week, has for years been a sardonic and brutally honest chronicler of her own struggles with addiction, bipolar disorder (including a hospitalization just two years ago), and weight — all while working in an industry that isn’t known for being easy on even seemingly perfect women. A few years ago, when the vicious cracks about Fisher resembling Jabba the Hut (actual sexist BS trolling entertainment story) were hitting peak cruelty, she became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

But even as she dropped fifty pounds — and seemed to hint at some other changes when she said of her fellow “Star Wars” cast members that “We all look a little melted. It’s good to see other melted people” — she’s maintained her sense of humor and realism. As she observed a few years ago, “I swear when I was shooting those films I never realized I was signing an invisible contract to stay looking the exact same way for the rest of my existence.”

Carrie Fisher’s older and wiser character tells us maybe we’re ready to let actresses age

Before offering Fisher her role in A New Hope, however, the production team told her that she had to lose 15 pounds to play Princess Leia. You’ll have to trust me on that citation, because I can’t find it now that it’s been swallowed up by more recent news about the fact that the exact same thing happened to Carrie Fisher once again prior to filming The Force Awakens. This time, Fisher was told she had to lose 35 pounds in order to reprise her role. “They didn’t hire me, they hired me minus 35 pounds,” Fisher recently quipped. She could have said something similar about earning her role 40 years ago.

Reminder that all tums are cute; flat tums, scarred tums, round tums, soft tums, muscular tums, freckled tums, hair covered tums, hairless tums, all the tums. There’s so much fixation on the idea for both men and women (and of course non binary) to have completely flat stomachs or to have abs or this or that, but no matter what your tum looks like it is a cute tum. 

cool new concept: instead of romanticisng self harm, let’s romanticize acne. literally everyone with acne in movies or tv shows are the nerds, the bully victims or some gross unimportant charactrer. how about a main character with acne? like I am a literal pizza on my back, why not let the main character be that too,. show people that acne can happpen to anyone, that acne is beautiful and totally natural. instead of those teenage girls in the media who freak out over one single pimple. their skin is inhumanely clean, are normal people too ugly for hollywood or what?