Think of Jaimie Alexander as the ultimate jawbreaker.
Wearing a revealing Azzaro Couture gown that strategically exposed her skin from stem to stern at the Thor: The Dark World red carpet premiere in Hollywood, Alexander, who cheerfully wears her striking combination of beauty and edge on her sleeve, dropped jaws so hard I’d be surprised if they didn’t shatter on impact.
The self-proclaimed tomboy (fans have asked her to arm wrestle) stole Thor’s thunder amid the flashbulbs for sure, but it was her feminine self confidence that really turned heads. Her positive body-image message, shared with young girls everywhere, is what truly makes her memorable.
“I speak at schools, and I speak out about positive body image,” Alexander says. “I know, you look at me and, you’re like, ‘You’re tall. You’re kind of pretty – blah blah blah.’ I have less an A cup, okay? So there are things about me that aren’t Hollywood standard, and I actually really like it. I have tattoos.”
“I grew up with four brothers. I was a high school wrestler. I did all of these things that aren’t typical of a young woman,” she adds. “So I like to embrace that side of my personality and let my uniqueness show. And I try to say to young women, ‘Don’t be afraid of yourself.’ Work what your mama gave you and appreciate it, because everybody is different, and nobody is a duplicate. No one can actually be you, so you have that above everyone else.”
You hear that, ladies?
I had the awesome opportunity to sit down with Alexander in Los Angeles — her headline-making gown carefully covered by a hairy green “Wookiee” coat, as she called it — to chat more about what it’s like to be an extraterrestrial Viking warrior woman navigating a male-dominated Asgardian world. In doing so, I discovered that there’s a lot more to Alexander — and Lady Sif — than a gorgeous face.
10 ways Lady Sif empowers women everywhere to be themselves (and yes, I blurred the line between actual woman and imagined warrior):[collection type=’slideshow’ style=’classic’]
Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel
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