After Two Months, We Finally Know The Fearless Girl’s Purpose And Ethnicity

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By now you may have seen the Fearless Girl statue that appeared on Wall Street on March 7, 2017. She appeared quietly that night, but is inspiring hundreds of thousands of women and men throughout the country. The statue depicts a young girl with her hands on her hips in defiance as she faces the iconic Charging Bull statue. While the sculptor of the Charging Bull is so insulted by the Fearless Girl that he is trying to have her removed from her spot despite her ever-growing popularity among the public, waves of people continue to be influenced by this brave little girl. But brace yourselves, a new bit of information was just revealed from the sculptor and it may bring a new wave of excitement.

The brains behind the Fearless Girl has expressed some things people might not have known about the statue: the Fearless Girl is Latina.

We have finally learned that the Fearless Girl is Latina and there’s a major reason behind that decision.

Devika Bulchandani, the president of McCann XBC and managing director of McCann New York, told Advertising Age that they wanted Fearless Girl to be Latina so that she was universal and so she could “be an inspiration for everybody – fathers who have little girls and husbands who have wives [people who are] white, black, Indian – it should speak to the broadest audience,”

The Fearless Girl is promoting the increase of more women to corporate boards.

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Basically, McCann New York partnered up with State Street Global Advisors and created the Fearless Girl as an ad directed at the 3,500 companies they invest their client’s money into, according to Advertising Age. But, just because she might have been created as an internal ad of sorts doesn’t mean she isn’t inspiring women and girls to go after their dreams.

The Fearless Girl literally showed up in the middle of the night facing the Charging Bull on Wall Street. Her popularity and inspiration are not slowing down.

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CREDIT: @mattragas / Twitter

According to The New York Times, the Fearless Girl was supposed to be a temporary installation for one month but the growing popularity and demand by the public prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce that the statue will stay put until International Women’s Day in 2018. The Charging Bull sculptor has claimed that the appearance of the Fearless Girl violates his rights as an artist and has been trying to get the statue removed. Never mind that he dropped his sculpture in the middle of the night in 1987 and public demand is what made his sculpture a permanent staple in the Financial District.

Fans of the Fearless Girl have started a petition to make the statue a permanent part of Wall Street.

As of the post of this article, the petition has received more than 37,000 of the 50,000 necessary signatures.

And Mayor de Blasio seems to understand the importance of Fearless Girl “taking up space” on Wall Street.

Mic drop.

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Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character's Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption


Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption

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In an interview with Cinemablend, Puerto Rican-Dominican actress Zoe Saldana discusses the depths to which she took her character, Gamora, who returns for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” this summer.

In the Marvel Comics world, Gamora is known as the most dangerous woman in the universe, and rightly so, as she is the adopted daughter of Thanos. Thanos is being set up in the films to be the baddest bad guy of them all, which is appropriate because in the comics he’s responsible at one time or another for some of the most gnarly storylines. There’s one storyline in which Thanos destroys the entirety of the universe, as well as an ongoing theme for him to attain ultimate power as a tribute to the love of his life: the physical embodiment of death. It’s some pretty dark stuff.

Gamora, as the story goes, had her planet exterminated and was forced by Thanos to become the most dangerous assassin in the universe. After completing her training, she indeed becomes an elite assassin, but all the while, she also keeps her resentment alive. She eventually is able to break free of Thanos’ grasp and joins the Guardians, who battle Thanos every chance they get.

In order to drum up such deep and dark sadness, pain and frustration, Saldana says she called upon the tragic story of The Lost Boys of Sudan, which is the story of some 20,000 Sudanese children who were uprooted by civil war. While many were displaced and made their way to Kenya, some were ripped from their homes, as their families were killed and their homes destroyed, only to be brainwashed and forced into a life of violence as child-soldiers. Saldana drew from those stories to inform her character’s arc and went as deep as she possibly could as an actress with the encouragement of director James Gunn.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” returns this summer, with all of your favorites and the incredibly bad-ass assassin-turned-superhero, Gamora.

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[H/T] Zoe Saldana Found Very Dark Inspiration For Gamora’s Backstory In Guardians Of The Galaxy

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