Virginia D. - While I love to attend Comic Cons and such in costume, my favorite is dressing up as Wonder Woman and doing my charity work which includes reading at public schools and libraries as well as visit sick children.
To me WW isn't just about physical strength but inner strength such as being fair and just even when others treat her less.
For 75 years, Wonder Woman has been one of the biggest heroes of DC Comics, and while she is an icon to millions of men and women, she has never quite gotten her due – unlike her counterparts Batman and Superman. As we are poised on the eve of one of the biggest super hero movies of not just the summer, but the year (and trust me, it’s REALLY GOOD!), we wanted to ask people what this iconic character means to them. Of course, what better people to ask then cosplayers? Below, you will find people from many walks of life who explain in their own words what Wonder Woman means to them. Make sure you click on them to see the full sized picture and read what makes Wonder Woman such an inspiration.
We at PCU thank you so much for your entries especially the parents of our littlest ones as well. Enjoy the pictures and if you have something that you want to add, please do so in the comments section below the post!
Gina C. – To me, Wonder Woman means, to always being able to show great force and wonderment while still staying beautiful.
Ginevra W. – Wonder Woman has taken on a whole new meaning for me since my cancer diagnosis. WW is reminding me to hold on, hang in there, and do what I need to do to get well. WW embodies my doctors and nurses who have chosen to fight this disease with all that they have.
Senia L. – Wonder Woman stands for compassion, above all else. She doesn’t just go into battle swinging. She uses her heart to speak to villains and victims alike, but knows exactly when a fight is necessary. She will always stick to her beliefs of compassion & justice and I believe that is what makes her the best.
Stephanie H. – This was my daughter Penny at the Annapolis Comic Con in 2014; I think she was all of 10 months old. She took runner-up in the kids cosplay contest that year, and wound up on the front page of the Annapolis Capital Gazette. We chose Wonder Woman for her first foray into cosplay because we wanted her to know from the get-go that women can be fierce heroes in their own right. Life is filled with depictions of women waiting for their Prince Charming to come rescue them; we wanted to set a more positive tone for Penny’s childhood. This is also why I’m raising her to be a nerd – comic books, sci-fi and fantasy are the only places in pop culture with strong female characters like Zoe, Buffy, Leia, and Ripley. Wonder Woman was one of the first; now, as the first major studio comic book film to be centered around a woman, she’s still breaking barriers. I can’t think of a better role model for my now-three year old!
Brittney J. – I love Wonder Woman because she stands for strength, equality, and justice for all.
Helene A. – I’ve been a fan since I was a kid; she was a female character I looked up to as a child. A figure of power, strength, femininity, and yet still so loving and humble. She is truly everything I’ve always wanted to be…and yes her out fighting the men didn’t hurt 😂. Also as a tall girl…she was really someone I related with…not a freakishly tall woman…but an AMAZON. I’m extremely happy that the little girls of today have such an amazing superhero to look up to. ❤
Hannah L. – Wonder Woman, for me, is all about representation. In a world with no shortage of male superheroes, Wonder Woman is there to save the day for little girls (and women) around the world. She is strong, independent, and kicks butt. I cosplay Wonder Woman because I feel confident when I put on that skirt and tiara. I’ve had some of the best interactions with kids and adults as Wonder Woman and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Zara G. – Wonder Woman has shown me and many other girls and women around the world that you can be beautiful with muscles because it makes you strong both physically and mentally. Don’t shy away from picking up those weights and getting buff.
Kiersten D. – For me, Wonder Woman is everything I strive to be as a woman; fiercely independent and confident.
Julio M. – This is Tesla. Age 6. She says when she grows up she wants to help the world just like Wonder Woman.
Chuck M. – Wonder Woman is strength: strength of mind, character, and body.
Virginia D. – While I love to attend Comic Cons and such in costume, my favorite is dressing up as Wonder Woman and doing my charity work which includes reading at public schools and libraries as well as visit sick children. To me WW isn’t just about physical strength but inner strength such as being fair and just even when others treat her less.
Abigail M. (on the right) – Wonder Woman to me is the purest example of love, leadership, strength, selflessness, and compassion. She’s everything a hero should be and everything I wish I was.
Samia S. – Wonder Woman is the essence of feminine strength and resolve, both of the body and mind. She is my hero because she stands for what is right, especially to the oppressed, even when it is difficult to do so. When I needed a symbol, a beacon of hope, that I can be great too, she was there for me. She was there before me and I hope she will be there after for everyone who needs her. I believe we need her now more than ever.
Doreen M. – For me Diana is a fierce and fearless warrior who doesn’t lose her grace or femininity.
Lynne M. – My mom introduced me to Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman when i was about 3 years old. It was wonderful to see a female superhero among all of the male ones on TV and in the movies. She has represented strength and perseverance to me over the years. It’s awesome to finally be able to see her in her own movie!
Becca S. – Wonder Woman was one of the 2 strong female characters that I grew up watching. She showed me that it was OK to be a badass but still strive for truth, justice, beauty and love.
Val L. – Wonder Woman stands for truth, integrity, compassion, understanding and resolution.
Naomi L. – Wonder Woman is important because she, more than any other superhero, embodies the ideals of superheroism. She has no dark history that compels her, like Batman. She doesn’t need to pretend to be a bumbling fool like Superman. She is always strong, always brave, always clever, always compassionate. She doesn’t need to explain or justify what she does; she does it for its own sake. Also I have a daughter; her life, her dreams and her self worth are made better by knowing about a woman who fights evil, and who can’t even imagine why she should leave that to the boys.
Lizzette L. – Wonder Woman means to be strength in a man’s world. She is fearless and bold. Like me.
Samantha M. – Wonder Woman means love and bravery and she makes me stronger!
Barbie C. – Wonder Woman is my lifelong heroine. She epitomizes strength, power, grace, integrity, and femininity.