On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, Carrie Fisher passed away. But this is certainly not the end for the iconic actress. Thanks to her incredible work in films ranging from Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally to her immediately recognizable role as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episodes IV through VII, as well as her she will continue to shatter stereotypes and break boundaries for years to come.
Before her role as Leia, the title "Princess" was often associated with "damsels in distress". When Leia took charge of her own rescue and defied some of the most powerful men in an entire galaxy, Fisher solidified herself and her character as someone who would never back down from anyone.
Even when asked about the controversial and revealing "Hutt Killer" costume in Episode VI, Fisher responded with power. "Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn't like it."
Not only has Fisher been a positive force through her work on the silver screen, she's been a constant advocate for mental health, speaking about issue like addiction, depression, and bipolar disorder on countless occasions, to spread awareness and promote understanding.
She also defied everyone who went back and forth on her age in the time leading up to Episode VII, and challenged shallow standards of beauty constantly.
For people all around the world of all races, genders, and backgrounds, Leia and Carrie are icons who will continue to inspire them for countless decades to come.