Coloring job I did via commission.
People often complain about Starfire. “She’s just too sexual.” “She’s a fanservice.” “There’s no need for the writers to make her that naked.” “She should cover up!”
To me, all of that’s wrong. Starfire isn’t just a fanservice, because saying that is like saying any pretty girl is incapable of action. She isn’t a fanservice, because she’s a character that is stronger, faster, and more powerful than most other characters in the story. She’s a former slave, a princess who has lost the right to stay on her own planet, and a fierce Commander. She’s one of the most compassionate people in the story, and fiercely loyal. She represents so much more than just a “fanservice” label.
"She’s such a whore! She dresses like that and sleeps with everyone!" Excuse me? How many people do the guys in comics sleep with? Bruce Wayne is an active womanizer and sleeps with EVERYONE, but instead of calling him a whore, they just say “Well…he’s Bruce Wayne.” Dude, Starfire’s a PRINCESS, if she wants to have sex with someone, then she should be able to. And frankly? She’s had active relationships with only a handful of characters. She doesn’t go out and just sleep with every guy she’s met, she has long term friendships and romances with her partners. How is that being a whore exactly?
"They make her so busty, there’s no need for that!" And there’s no need for Batman or Superman to have perfectly chiseled every things. There isn’t one leading male character in the comic universe that isn’t portrayed as being drop dead gorgeous. They’re made to be attractive, they’re made to be likable. When a artist tries to make them unattractive, people find ways to project beauty on to them. We see beauty in the people we look up to, and that’s just how it is. The men in these comics are always running around without their shirts on, and the fangirl can always find a picture of them dressing themselves. They’re in underwear or towels or minimal clothing at least once every few issues.
Do we ever see Starfire’s downstairs lady bits? NO. Do we ever see one of the guys? NO. Do we see that she has breasts? YES. Do we see her nipples? NO.
Starfire’s character embraces her body and her sexuality. When people complain to her in the comics about how she dresses, she honestly doesn’t get what the big deal is. She thinks her body is a weapon, and she uses it that way. She cherishes her body and is proud of it. She sees no need to hide it.
Her character isn’t anti-woman, and it isn’t just a fanservice. It’s something that women should praise. She’s showing that it’s great to look the way you do and to not be ashamed by it. She doesn’t care if people see her and make judgements, because she proves to everyone that she’s fine on her own and doesn’t need anyone else to support her.
She doesn’t accept help and she doesn’t rely on others. She’s a strong woman who should be praised.
In my opinion.